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.
Puyuxia, 19, comes from a rural area. She lives with her grandfather who raised her by himself ever since she was a little girl. Puyuxia's father died in an accident while her mother left them in search of a better life.
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.
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.
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.