72 girls are back in school and progressing well – thank you sponsors!

72 girls from various remote village locations of Western China are now back in school (and doing well) thanks to generous sponsors and a wonderful support charity called SHAMTSE. Each one of these girls had already dropped prematurely from school due to varying situations with all of them mourning the end of their dream of a higher education. Well, dreams can still come true it would seem.

Thanks to our ever growing sponsorship family, and hard work on the ground by our charity partners, these 72 girls started back in school September 2017 and have been putting in full effort to try and catch-up on lost ground. These girls are our 2nd year intakes in our Vocational School Scholarship (VSS) program in partnership with multiple government subsidized vocational schools who were prepared to give these girls a dream chance. These dreams are coming true. In addition to the standard subjects of English, Chinese and Math, specialized vocational subjects of their choosing are also covered such as medicine, nursing, teaching, computer studies or accounting. The next 3 years will be filled with learning, growing and skill building. It will not be easy and they will be pushed to their maximum capability. However, if they can stick with the program, these girls will graduate with confidence and the ability to work in a career that will provide them with a good income – providing them with a future of security and independence.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE VSS PROGRAM?:  We aim to add another 100 girls to the VSS program ready to start their schooling dreams Sept 2018. Searching and selection is about to get started to find girls most in need of help. BUT, their schooling dream can’t proceed without a personal sponsor. If you would like to be the person directly responsible for making a girls dream come true, please contact sponsorship@captivating.org or go to Sponsor a Girl .

CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

Best strawberry ever!

A few days ago a boy randomly gave me a strawberry as I stood by his mountain-top village trying to catch my breath. At 3,700m altitude the air certainly gets thin. But even my mind - dulled with headache from a lack of oxygen - did not miss the significance that the strawberry was especially picked because it was in the shape of a heart.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A bright future for this mom and baby

For me, it's all about the story. This baby will grow up to get the education she deserves (along with regular servings of bacon and eggs I imagine). Happy Days.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Education changes everything

We all know that true beauty is what lies below the surface of us all. But, lets face it, some people appear doubly blessed - both inside and out. Last week, our program manager (Carrie) and I had the pleasure of meeting this girl, along with multiple others from various locations of our Asia based Vocational School Scholarship program.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | SENG GIRLS VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL (SGVTS)

The chefs at SGVTS are like magicians!

The two chefs are like food magicians. They change the raw ingredients into the tastiest meals with rich flavors. We have two dishes each day for lunch. Each week we enjoy green pepper fry meat, fried potatoes, fried meat, fried cabbage, fried garlic bolt, fried eggs with tomato.




CHINA | END POVERTY | VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Li's new voice empowering other local women

Li Zhenhuan is a typical rural woman, living a simple life, working hard, rarely speaking and rarely attending community activities. But that was the old Li. We'd like to introduce the new Li.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | PROJECT EDEN

Nearing the end of an incredible journey - Project Eden

Over the past 9 years, 21 girls have called Eden home. These girls came from families who were too poor to give these girls the opportunity for a good education which would give them a bright future. During their time at Eden, each of these 21 girls were nurtured with love, care, kindness and mentoring from all the teachers,...