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. And that this heart represented gratitude that his single mom now owned a greenhouse with which he could help her grow strawberries and all manner of produce. Gratitude that his mom’s new 50sqm greenhouse would almost double her annual income and keep him and his sister in school. Best strawberry I’ve ever tasted.

~by Andrew Colquhoun (CEO of Captivating)

 

CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A dream I didn't dare to dream

Right now, the Captivating Healthy Village Project is visiting remote villages and communities through Western China. This project is two-fold; 1) Much needed medical help is brought to these poor, remote locations,  2) Single mothers trapped in poverty and girls who are no longer in school are being discovered. This brings a wonderful opportunity to help in an even greater capacity. Here is a story of one mother who received greater help than she even dared to dream.




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM

Thank you for coming to my village

Kamogal, 48 years old and a single mother of 19 year old son. She has never been to school and neither has her son. They have been struggling to make a life and farming has been the only source of income for the family. She has been sick for long time and has only been able to visit a doctor once for some treatment because they can't afford the medical costs.




CHINA | INTERCEPT A GIRL AT THE BORDER

Thank you again Midnight Charity Runners

Thank-you Greg Schultheis, so many volunteers, corporate sponsors and runners. In total, an amazing RMB225,000 / US$32,500 was received through generous support being made to the Shenzhen Charity Federation Captivating Fund and also directly to Captivating International in Hong Kong.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | EVENTS | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM | PIGS FOR POVERTY | SENG GIRLS VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL (SGVTS) | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Thank you Shenzhen!

Thank you SO MUCH for your support of our 10th year in China. Saturday night, 13th October, will be remembered by us as for a long time - a night of grace, emotion, laughter, excitement, astonishment and exceeding generosity. 




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Internship in Design and Surveying

Drugmo is filled with confidence and bright smiles as she remembers where she has come from and what now lies ahead of her.




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Welcome to our new project partner, ZURU

What can we possibly say about ZURU TOYS that would be adequate in just a few sentences. Starting this year, ZURU fund 50% of the total budget of our Vocational School Scholarship Program, and MY FIRST JOB programs in China - bringing hope to over 300 girls a year. ZURU...