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 email@example.com or go to Sponsor a Girl .
Puyuxia, 19, comes from a rural area. She lives with her grandfather who raised her by himself ever since she was a little girl. Puyuxia's father died in an accident while her mother left them in search of a better life.
In August this year, 95 girls joined Captivating's Vocational School Scholarship program, bringing the total of girls in this 3 year program to 277. All these girls were found by our on-the-ground partner [Shamtse] to be out of school. Getting these girls back into school where they can learn a skill that will provide them with independence and job opportunities is important to us at Captivating. It's girls like Zhang who bring special meaning to this program.
62 girls in our second cohort of Vocational School Scholarship Program graduates, completed their courses in July 2020. Most of these girls were only able to go to school up to grade 9, with many dropping out even earlier. The key reasons being financial difficulty, prejudice on the part of their parents not valuing education for girls, and varying family circumstances. Their dreams of a career and independence were gone. But thanks to the Vocational School Scholarship program, dreams are coming true again. Luma is one of our graduating girls and she shares her story.
Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.