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).
CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Orphan's Life is About to Change

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.




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

Determination to Support Her Family

The year is about to come to end, but for the women in Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, this will mark a new beginning. They are more than excited to graduate from the program and start a new chapter, equipped with their newly learned skills in making beautiful clothing. One of them is Degerjyid.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

"I always firmly believe that education can change the future, so it's important to me to send my children to school no matter how hard or tired I am. I didn't have the opportunity to get an education. Because of this, I haven't had a stable source of income, but I have to stick whatever I can for the sake of my children. Fortunately, with your encouragement and help, I have hope in my life."




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

Diligent Mum Now with Stable Employment

When she first joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program, she was nervous and worried that she would slow down the class' progress because other women may already be more skilled than her. Dongzhikyid doubled her efforts, working diligently everyday on the assignments the teacher gave them, and was able to keep up with everyone else.




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.