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.
Zhang is a 19 year old orphan living in a rural province. Her parents died in a car accident in 2018 which caused drastic changes in their family. Now, she lives with her sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and grandfather. Her brother-in-law is the only one financially supporting the family since their grandfather is too old to work and her sister needs to stay at home to take care of the household.
“Originally, my sister and I were both in school. But after the accident, we had no income and could no longer afford the school fees. As such, I had to drop out after graduating from elementary school. I really want to return to school so I can be of more help to the family. I am thankful to my sister and brother-in-law for taking me in to their home. I want to be a teacher in a public school near my home after I graduate,” Zhang shares.
In August, she has started her 3 year journey into the pre-school teaching vocation. Thanks to The Kenneth Whalen Family Foundation for sponsoring Zhang and giving her the gift of a skill based education.
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Your support of US$40 per month (for a 12-month or more period) will help sponsor a girl through vocational school. Click on the links below to know more about the program and how you can help, or contact us directly email@example.com
Huaifeng's home is on a remote hillside, and it takes her more than an hour of walking before she can ride a bus to school. Her mother left them when she was only one year old, while her father is working as a security guard in another city. She lives with her brother and her grandparents. Any support she receives is a great help for her to finish her studies.
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.