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.

CHINA | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Great Progress among Tailoring Skills Trainees

On May 1, 2021, the three-month Cenovus Tailoring Skills Program for Women in two regions officially began. The trainees have been taking their classes seriously and are helping each other a lot. We are proud to share the progress they have made in the past one and a half months.




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

My First Job Trainees Succeeds through Midterm Evaluation

The first My First Job Assistant Chef Program of 2021 for women in agricultural and pastoral areas in Qinghai Province officially opened in May 1. With the support and cooperation of teachers and local coordinators, the training has been going smoothly. Each of the women has her own learning style and pace, but everyone strives to improve each day. After one and a half months of training and practice, the women have learned 16 dishes in total. 

On June 14, the midterm evaluation for the trainees was conducted.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Strong Woman for Her Family

"I've never been to school due to our family's financial condition. Because of this, it's very difficult for me to find a stable job. My family depends on me that's why I need to be strong."




CAPTIVATING’S ONE MORE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM | CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS

Strong Will to Study

Despite her good grades, it was still unlikely for Lhamo to proceed to college. Her mother had difficulty sending her to school so she decided to stay at home and help out with the household chores. 




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Memorable Encounter between Trainees and Program Partner

My First Job Assistant Chef Program for 30 women officially starts today. These women, along with the program coordinator and Captivating staff, were also very happy to meet the six representatives from our program partner, Zuru.




CHINA | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Getting ready to learn an employable skill

30 underprivileged women in rural Western China are getting excited about their opportunity to attend the next My First Job Assistant Chef Training Program. This successful program will see them move from being "furthest from employment" to earning stable incomes - many for the first time in their lives.