Help the Family Stay Together! – by Dean Beveridge

In October 2012 I traveled with my family to China.  During this trip we had the privilege of visiting a development project that we as a family had sponsored through CAPTIVATING.  The project involved the provision of training and start up capital for agriculture and farming initiatives. Impoverished villagers were given a grant of livestock (e.g. pigs, cows, chickens etc).  They were then trained how to raise the livestock and turn it into a sustainable income for their family.  As part of the project the families have committed to ‘pass on the gift’ during the first 2 years of the project.  In this way they will pass on the same number of livestock that they received to another poor family.

In China poverty often causes the families to be split up.  Many times Dad and/or Mum are forced to leave the village and travel to the city to work for the family to survive.  Children are often left with elderly grandparents.

The first family we visited consisted of a grandmother, father and two children (see picture 3 below).  The mother was in a distant city working.  The conditions were very poor.  Cooking was done on a fire on the floor with a hole in the roof.  The floor in all rooms was dirt. Beds and bed linen was small and very old.  The grandmother was very old (in her eighties – see picture 2) and quite frail.  The young boy (9 years old) shared that he helps feed the 2 pigs (see me/Dean with the pigs – picture 1) in the morning before walking 40 minutes to school.  He then walks back 40 minutes for lunch and chores then back again for afternoon classes.  He is walking for 2 hours 40 minutes per day plus doing chores.  We asked him how often he saw his mother and he said once a year for 2-3 weeks.  He said he really missed her. Over time it is the aim of this project to develop this families income so that the mother can return to the family.  How exciting to be part of reuniting a family!!!

The second family had received 4 pigs (picture 5).  They were also vegetable farmers.  I was thrilled to see the entire family (grandparents, parents and daughter) together (picture 6) working hard to prepare their vegetables for market.  They had their young 3 year old daughter  (picture 4) well dressed and groomed with them.  I asked the father for his reflections on the project.  He said that it was helping them have a positive future.  He said his aim was to build up his pig and chicken farm and continue his vegetable market business.  As part of this project a new concrete road has been constructed in the village.  The father mentioned that this has greatly improved the profitability of his business as he can now complete two trips to market each day thereby doubling revenue.  The father mentioned he would also like to prepare to pass on the gift and also eventually purchase a small truck to transport his produce.  The family’s future was clearly improving substantially due to the support they were receiving.  I then questioned him about his dreams for his daughter and mentioned that I was encouraged that the family was together and that he did not have to leave the daughter to go to the city.  I said that I believed it was good for his family to be together.  He agreed with me and said he wanted to support his daughter to go as far as she wanted with education.  He mentioned he would support her to go to university.  This was SO encouraging to me as the family was together with the means to dream of a brighter future for themselves and their children.  What a privilege to play a small part in helping this family stay together. I’d encourage you and your families to get behind this work. Andrew tells me more donors are still needed to fully fund this project. US$40 a month is all it takes. I can’t recommend this enough as a genuine investment to end family poverty. (written by Dean Beveridge).


CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Orphan's Life is About to Change

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.




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

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The year is about to come to end, but for the women in Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, this will mark a new beginning. They are more than excited to graduate from the program and start a new chapter, equipped with their newly learned skills in making beautiful clothing. One of them is Degerjyid.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

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When she first joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program, she was nervous and worried that she would slow down the class' progress because other women may already be more skilled than her. Dongzhikyid doubled her efforts, working diligently everyday on the assignments the teacher gave them, and was able to keep up with everyone else.




CHILD SPONSORSHIP | CHINA | EVENTS | SHENZHEN

We are Thrilled. Shenzhen, You are Amazing!

On behalf of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, thank you so much for being a part of our 12th year, last Saturday, October 17th, 2020.  And, once again, our thanks to the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen.

Together, as a result of the generosity of everyone who attended, 1,000 lives (single moms, young women, and their children) will one day look back on 2020 as a turnaround year for them. A year of new beginnings and fortune.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A Thousand-Mile Trip

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.