“My name is Cerdan. I am 17 years old and live with my family in a tent where we look after our yaks. Last year, a brick wall fell on my father while he was working. My mother sold most of what we own to help heal my father. Since then, my father is unable to work. I have had to quit school as we cannot afford it and I need to help at home while my mother tries to find work.
My dream is to become a doctor or a nurse…
but I never talk to my parents about this because they would feel guilty because they cannot help me fulfill my dream. I would be eternally grateful for the opportunity to go back to school and study hard to be the best I can be and to then be able to give back to my family and my community.”
There are many other girls like Cerdan who have had to quit school for reasons similar to this. Education and a career is a distant dream. Her future is most likely herding yaks, marrying young and raising children. Sponsor a girl through vocation school where she will complete her education and gain skills and qualifications in a vocation which will bring her a self-sustainable and brighter future.
From $40 a month, you can give a young lady a future and help her dreams come true.
You will receive:
Your girl’s picture and story
An annual thank you letter from your sponsored girl;
An annual report on the program as a whole so you can see the difference you have made.
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.