Right now, the Captivating Healthy Village Project is visiting remote villages and communities through Western China. This project is two-fold; 1) Much needed medical help is brought to these poor, remote locations, 2) Single mothers trapped in poverty and girls who are no longer in school are being discovered. This brings a wonderful opportunity to help in an even greater capacity. Below is a story of one mother who received greater help than she even dared to dream.
This single mother is 49 years old with two children. She has been sick for years without medical treatment. The medical information, health check and medicine that she was able to receive brought huge relief to her struggling little family. But this day was about to get a whole lot brighter for this mother. You see, her son dropped school when she got very sick. Now he is 18 years old and working hard to provide for his mother and sister. Her daughter dropped school in grade 8 when her husband passed away in an accident. Her dream for her children is the same as all mothers – she wants to see them have a bright future. Her daughter qualified for the Captivating Vocational School Scholarship Project and is currently being interviewed. If everything goes to plan, she will have the opportunity to go back to school in September 2019. “It was a dream I didn’t dare to dream. I didn’t think it would ever be possible for my daughter to finish school. Thank you”, she said through her tears.
Because of the Healthy Village Project, girls who have had to drop school because of poverty are given the opportunity to go back to school, learn a vocation and set themselves on the path to a bright future.
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.