Eden’s New Education Program

After the festivities of Chinese New Year settled down, we began a new routine at Eden.  This semester, the girls are studying at home.  Each morning, they walk up to our “schoolhouse” well before 8:00 to practice reading aloud or doing homework.  Classes begin at 8:00, although the girls get up at 6:00 to spend an hour reading before breakfast.  I teach English in one room to the 6th graders while the Chinese teacher has the 5th graders.  At 10:00, we switch.  With such small classes, the girls are doing well and are each able to get the instruction and attention they need.  I’m enjoying teaching at least as much as they enjoy learning.  Teaching, and learning a second language come with many humorous moments.  I asked one of the girls during class, “How old are you?” and she responded, “I’m seven o’clock!”  The class burst into laughter and they still haven’t let her forget.

In addition to English and Chinese, they have math and music.  They take the public bus into town in the afternoons to see a math tutor.  On Tuesday afternoons, two music teachers come and teach for 2-3 hours.  They teach piano, guitar, and voice.  Already musically gifted, the girls love their music class.  A few weeks ago, they had the opportunity to perform for an audience at a factory in another city.  They sang one song and danced another.   Eden has been ringing with the “sound of music”; or shall we say, the sound of learning music, as they patiently work through the notes of their new songs every evening.  By the end of the semester, I would not doubt that “Fur Elise” and “Ode to Joy” will both have been played several hundred times! (this blog story was written by their volunteer English teacher, Sarah).
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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.