Sonam is part of the Vocational School Scholarship Program (VSS). One of the best things about the VSS project, aside from giving these girls the opportunity for their dreams to come true, is that they also gain experiences in extracurricular activities and make memories they will remember for a long time. Sonam shares her experience with us.
“I am Sonam and I am currently studying Nursing. I am learning a wide range of subjects such as surgery, internal medicine, psychology, physiology, pathology, immunity, basic nursing obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. I am also learning basic subjects such as English and Mathematics. English is a bit challenging for me because I easily forget the words, but I still strive to learn and remember them better. On the other hand, I like Mathematics very much, in fact it’s my favorite subject. My Math teachers make the lectures fun and interesting.”
“Overall, I think I am doing well in school, being in the middle ranking in the class. I also participate in various activities and competitions such as the Literary Society and College Games; I even joined the running competition this semester and enjoyed it a lot. I am working hard to make my dream come true. Thank you for your support!”
63 other girls, just like Sonam, have started their internships. We are excited to see these girls graduate mid 2020. Thank you to Phyllis M. for sponsoring Sonam through her studies. Our thanks to ZURU for funding 50% of this amazing program.
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.