Captivating and Heifer International (China) join forces

This month marks the beginning of a new six year village development initiative that will see 450 impoverished families step up and out of poverty.  Captivating is thrilled to be partnering with Heifer International (China) and will be working directly with two of the poorest villages we can find in the challenging mountainous province of Guizhou.

Alicia Zheng from Captivating’s Shenzhen office has spearheaded this initiative with due diligence over the past 5 months and we are thrilled to be moving ahead with it.  This project is focused on helping families to at least double their income earning potential and, in the process, ensure they can afford to keep their kids in school and, importantly, progressing through to high-school.

We will have many stories to tell about home businesses being established, animal husbandry, water treatment solutions, environmental improvement, and vegetation/crop developments.

A key part of this initiative is a family’s responsibility to “pass-on-the-gift”.  This will see another family benefiting from this program every two to three years.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: We will be using family sponsorship as the key financing vehicle for this project.  Our work will initially commence with 150 families.  You can sponsor one of these families for US$40 a month/$480 a year and we will keep you updated on their progress.  Not only that, if you continue your support from year to year, you will also start to see other recipient families who start to benefit from your support thanks to the passing-on-of-the-gift program. Please contact us directly on sponsorship@captivating.org if you would like to sponsor a family.  Family details will be available soon on our website www.captivating.org

CHILD SPONSORSHIP | CHINA | EVENTS | SHENZHEN

We are Thrilled. Shenzhen, You are Amazing!

On behalf of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, thank you so much for being a part of our 12th year, last Saturday, October 17th, 2020.  And, once again, our thanks to the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen.

Together, as a result of the generosity of everyone who attended, 1,000 lives (single moms, young women, and their children) will one day look back on 2020 as a turnaround year for them. A year of new beginnings and fortune.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A Thousand-Mile Trip

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.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

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.