Eden Welcomes 2013

The beginning of the year has already seen lots of work and play at Eden. We started the year off by replacing the sink in the girls’ kitchen and installing a water heater so they can wash dishes in hot water! They were very excited about that improvement, since we had a couple weeks of pretty chilly weather when everybody wore layers of warm clothing.

The New Year’s holiday from school began in mid-January, and shortly after, Dale put the girls to work again! We had to do a little remodel on the bathroom in their house, so we all got our work gloves on, rolled up our sleeves, and made a big mess while we tore down two walls. The girls loved taking turns with the sledgehammer, smashing away at the walls. A few of the girls are so small, I thought the sledgehammer would take them with it. They are all hard workers and seem to really enjoy working on projects together.

Our third project, just before Chinese New Year, was repainting the kitchen to get it looking spiffy for the holiday. They scraped the old paint off and stirred the new paint, but the real fun, for which they eagerly awaited, was getting to use the paint rollers and brushes. By the time they were finished, they had nearly as much paint on themselves as on the walls, and it wasn’t accidental! They kindly decorated each other’s clothing with handprints. The kitchen turned out some shade of salmon, as opposed to the previous pale blue.

After all our work, we were ready to enjoy the holiday. Auntie Yang made a terrific Chinese feast, which we ate for several days. Dale got the girls set up with television at their house so they could watch the New Year’s programs in their own language. They were also thrilled to welcome their seven friends living in Shenzhen, who stayed with us for a week. During that time, we made a trip to the Guangzhou zoo. There were far more people than animals, but we wove in and out of the crowds to get good views of all the exotic creatures. We’re winding down the holidays now, and the girls will start school again quite soon.

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.