Fortunate Encounter

We are happy to report that all of our girls in our programs are safe and healthy for now, even though schools have been suspended and most of our partners in Qinghai have been housebound. We pray for a quick recovery and if any country can get through this, we know that China can. Below is a story from one of the girls in our Vocational School Scholarship Program. 

Gashangtar dreamed of becoming a teacher. However, she had to drop school after graduating from junior high. Her mother wasn’t in good health and their income was not enough to continue sending her to school. She stayed at home to help with the housework and to graze the animals.

Fortunately, they came across the coordinator for the Captivating Healthy Village program that was being run in her township. She was introduced to the Vocational School Scholarship Program. Gashangtar and her mother were ecstatic when she was accepted into the program and started the program in August 2019.

Gashangtar with Francine (right)

“I chose to learn Tibetan Medicine in school because at first, I thought it’s the only one I can do. But I grew to love it along the way and I’ve been learning a lot from it – from Tibetan vocabulary and grammar to medical concepts. I have been adapting and coping well both at school and in the dormitory where I stay,” Gashangtar said as she shared her experience.

Gashangtar is one of the 264 girls currently enrolled in the Vocational School Scholarship program. Thank you to Zuru for funding half of this life-changing program and thank you to Anna M and Bella C for sponsoring Gashangtar so she can finish her schooling while learning a vocational skill.

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Parents as Stewards of Good Health

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Healthy Bodies and Grateful Smiles

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