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.
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.
2018 Greenhouse Construction Program - let the fun begin!
With the long Qinghai winter coming to an end, so starts the beginning of what will be a very active greenhouse construction summer for Captivating and our local charity partner, Shamtse. As we write this, 141 families (mostly single mother households) are waiting in great expectation for their Captivating greenhouse to be constructed.
Thanks to the ongoing and generous support of GPA Global, our 2017 aim of funding the construction of greenhouses for 200 families is well on the way. As of today, 96 families are already enjoying produce from their greenhouses (see pictures). A further 43 families will finish construction their greenhouses in a matter of weeks.
Another 10 greenhouses have been added to the already 173 greenhouses starting to dot the rural landscape of Western China. Thanks to a generous donor named Nick, more families now have the opportunity to grow fresh produce almost all year round.
Now in our 3rd year of Greenhouse solutions in partnership with our wonderful friends at GPA Global, a family who receives one of our greenhouses will have the capacity to increase their cash income by an estimated RMB4,000 a year (70%). This is SIGNIFICANT, and results in many children going on to complete their schooling who would otherwise be rural school drop-outs.