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 | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Pink, perky and perfect for a poverty free future

On December 24, 70 families (mostly single mother households) started to receive support to either start or expand their own pig business - a program that will progressively make poverty history for them and their children. This firmly placed "hope" on the horizon.

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Girls Just Like Me

Getting a chance to visit and chat to the My First Job girls was such a special and rewarding experience for me. Hearing first hand stories of girls needing to leave school at grade 3 because of family needs, domestic abuse, being severely burnt by a stepfather and never wanting to show your face in public, coping with single motherhood living in tents on the grassland with no food to supply your children was heart breaking.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Excitement is building for 70 single moms ready to start their pig businesses

Dec 24th is the launch date of our next Pigs For Poverty program with 70 families (mostly single moms) starting their own piglet-breeding program. In fact, over the next 6 months in excess of 100 families will be recipients of this program thanks to support from individual pig donors throughout the world, the Shenzhen Captivating Charity Auction, and matching donation from Captivating's Chairman, Dean Beveridge. Once progressed through it's first 1 year cycle, this program will transition all of these families well above the poverty line. Great news.




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

How to build a greenhouse

During the past year, 171 greenhouses were built throughout Western China. This is no easy task and so we thought we'd share with you the steps to building a greenhouse.




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM

Tserang can now tell her daughter and grandchildren about health and hygiene

223 women have just received vital information about health and hygiene in remote Western China. Each woman also received medicine and hygiene products along with a medical checkup which, in some cases, was their very first medical checkup. This is one of ten locations where Captivating is supporting Qinghai registered Shamtse Charity implement the Captivating Healthy Village Program - a program that will bring health education and support to 3,500 women and their families.




CHINA | EVENTS

Captivating's Santa Run- Thank you and photos!

Captivating’s inaugural Santa Run was a truly festive spectacle. 342 runners and 65 volunteers, donned red shirts, hats and Santa suits to run or walk the 6km or 3km around the new Shenzhen Bay walkway. We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, from runners to volunteers, and it was truly enjoyed by participants and spectators alike!

133 Children then got to meet Santa and received gifts, kindly donated by Gold Sponsor ZURU, while listening to carols sung by the truly amazing Freedom:61. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season.