A future in tailoring for 30 women

After lots of planning and preparation, we are thrilled to communicate the commencement of a new program in Qinghai Province, China in partnership with the amazing HUSKY ENERGY. Thanks to Husky Energy (donor), Shamtse Charity (implementing partner), and the Shenzhen Charity Federation CAPTIVATING Fund, 30 young women and single-moms are now one-week into their 6 month full-time vocational skills training program – a program that aims to eventually transition all successful graduates into paid employment as professional tailors.

So, what makes this training program so special? All of these young women and single moms have missed most of their education. Most are largely illiterate. And, all of them have been assessed as being “as-risk” without intervention and help. Many already have children of their own to care for and no real opportunity of stable income. Life is extremely challenging and tough for them. All that changes – starting now. A lot of hard work lies ahead for these women, and although not all will be successful, they now live with the real hope of genuine independence and financial stability for both themselves and their families. This is a dream-come-true opportunity.

Dejilamao was the very first girl accepted into the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills for Women Program. Like many others in the program, she didn’t progress past grade 1 in school due to a combination of poverty and prejudice. Now as a 25 year old divorced single mother with a 9 year old daughter, her current and future options are extremely limited. She currently has no fixed source of income, no housing, and no family support. Like all moms, she wants her daughter to have a better life than she has – so all her energy is focused on her little girl. She knows the value of education and wants to see her daughter complete her schooling – be something great in her community – in her world. With no stable income coming in, realizing this goal for her daughter is beyond reach. So much pressure for a girl – a young women whose life should be in it’s prime. Dejilamao was SO EXCITED to be accepted into this program and dreams of being a professional tailor capable to earn money far beyond her current dreams. We look forward to tracking her progress.

Photo above – Carrie [wearing the brown scarf] is Captivating’s Program Manager and Shamtse Charity’s Director. Here she is meeting with the Trainer/Project Coordinator [wearing the brown coat]. Together, they work hard to bring bright futures to each of the women in the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women.

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CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

10 piglets and 1 very happy Mom

This mom in Qinghai, China, is very happy and busy. Thanks to the Pigs for Poverty Project, she now has 10 piglets to take care of and sell. Before receiving two sows, she had very limited income opportunities for her family. Now, everything is different. "I am expecting an income of around 10 thousand RMB for the coming year. Thank you very much for helping us. We are very grateful. Pigs keep us very busy but they are increasing our family income. I am so happy to raise them. With this extra income, my children's education will be able to continue. I will be always grateful."




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

"Hats off" to our awesome 2018 greenhouse supervisor

Mr Tredan [wearing the cowboy hat in the photo below] is the main supervisor for our current greenhouse construction program. He is a shy man but strongly believes in this program as an excellent way to significantly improve the livelihood of impoverished single moms in Qinghai, China. He was our key in the success of our 2017 Greenhouse Project and we have been grateful he was willing and happy to help out again during the 2018 project - a program that has brought hope to 131 families this past year. It was dusty work but the results were exciting as each Greenhouse started to take shape.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

My dream of becoming a Pharmacist is coming true

My name is Drolma and I come from Qinghai Province. I’m nineteen this year and now a vocational school student majoring in pharmacy with another 10 girls from the Captivating Vocational Scholarship School Program. I have been out of school for four years, so I both excited about this chance but also nervous whether I am good enough to keep up after such a long break. 




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

30 women receive Assistant Chef training -

I am a single mom with 3 children. After the birth of our 3rd daughter I became barren and couldn't provide my husband with a son, so he left me. I have never been to school so I am unable to find work to support myself and my daughters. I want the best for my girls and I know it's not possible without a good education. I need to find work to be able to send my daughters to school. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the My First Job Assistant Chef program. I am learning skills that I am confident will be able to provide me with a good job. I am not property. My children are the most important thing to me. I am happy that I will be able to be independent and provide them with a good future. 




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Pigs bring a bright future to Dolji and her daughter

Dolji is a 30 year old single mother and has a 4 year old daughter who is attending the village kindergarten. Dolji has a mental disability and she has never been to school herself. Because of this, she has never been married. She also does not know who her daughter's father is.




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

130 families have greenhouses

130 families have completed the construction of their greenhouses. This greenhouse [photo on the right] is newly built and belongs to three families.  They have just planted green papers, Chinese cabbage, carrot and onions. Everything is growing well even though it is very cold at the site currently. This is going to help these families to be able to grow fresh produce all year long.