“Hats off” to our awesome 2018 greenhouse supervisor

Mr Tredan [wearing the cowboy hat in the photo below] is the main supervisor for our current greenhouse construction program. He is a shy man but strongly believes in this program as an excellent way to significantly improve the livelihood of impoverished single moms in Qinghai, China. He was our key in the success of our 2017 Greenhouse Project and we have been grateful he was willing and happy to help out again during the 2018 project – a program that has brought hope to 131 families this past year. It was dusty work but the results were exciting as each Greenhouse started to take shape.

Laying bricks is the most crucial part and the local coordinator was helpful to find the most skilled brick layers in the local areas to help supervise the families (mostly single moms and their children) as they all got involved. The brick wall’s were then covered with mud to help to increase the temperature of the greenhouses. It is also to help keep the inside wall of the greenhouses clean and tidy.

We loved seeing the children get involved in the construction of the family greenhouse. Ultimately, the children benefit by being able to go to school because mom can grow quality fresh produce she can then sell and increase her income (her cash income can increase up to 70% per year thanks to her greenhouse yield). If mom works hard, this girl [below] along with around 250 other children just like her, will be able to complete their schooling and have a future filled with bright opportunities – thanks to this program, the supervisor, and our amazing partners – Shamtse Charity, GPA Global, and the annual Captivating Shenzhen Charity Auction.

 

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CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

Greenhouses for 40 single moms

The 2018 Greenhouse project brought greenhouses to 130 families across 3 different village locations. Mr Tserang is the Village leader of a project location where 40 families, mostly single moms, have benefited from this greenhouse project. He is a very responsible village leader and fully supportive of the project. There are 57 households in his village and another 63 families...




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Planting seeds and watching tall trees grow

"I have watched these girls transform from shy and timid girls to confident girls who are confident enough give speeches in front of the school. It gives me a great feeling to experience planting seeds and seeing tall trees grow. I know the girls are grateful for this opportunity and are thankful to those who believed in them enough to support their education."




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

The "My First Job Program" has changed my life

Wango is the best student in the My First Job Assistant Chef program. She is a fast leaner and all the food she cook is always delicious. Wango takes the My First Job classes seriously and works really hard to learn everything she possibly could. It takes her 1 hour by motorcycle from her home to attend class everyday.




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

The opportunity to go back to school

Drugmo is 22 years old and lives with her grandmother. She comes from a nomadic rural area and attended the Healthy Village Project in December 2018.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

A brand new future for a single mom with 3 children to support

Chogkyid beams as she tells us how grateful she is for this opportunity to learn a skill. “Cooking looks easy, but is quite hard. I especially need to learn to control the heat. It's very important in stir-frying. I've never cooked with vegetables before so this is an exciting time for me. In just a short few months, I have successfully learned to cook 22 different dishes. This is something I never thought I'd be able to do." When Chogkyid completes her training and internship, Shamtse [Captivating's in country partner] will help her secure her first job. She will be able to earn a good income, repay her debt and provide a bright future for herself and her children.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Empowering women with confidence and skills in tailoring

In honor of International Women's Day, we would like to introduce you to Caidan. This talented lady is teaching tailoring skills to 30 women (mostly single moms) in the newest Captivating initiative the "Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women".