(written by Serr Tso, one of the older Seng Girls located at the SGVTS who now helps Dockpo and the team with administration support)
To be able to return home and continue on with their education at local schools – that’s an ideal outcome for many of the Seng Girls. This is exactly what happened in September 2014 for 8 girls in the program. Thanks to local government support, these girls returned to their home-town schools and extended families in Sichuan and Gansu Provinces. Among these girls, some had lived in SGVTS for at least three years and others for six. When they first came to the girls home, they appeared lost and aimless, not even knowing how to write their names. But, they left in September not only knowing how to correctly read full texts, but also having found interests and their life time dreams as well. Memories of happier days were cherished in their hearts. At the girls home, teachers and students were more like their families. And I remember that as they bid each other farewell, the air was filled with sad tears but many encouraging words.
So, here we are, now 9 months later. How have they gone? I am happy to report that all the girls are doing well after the transition back home. They miss their MANY sisters at the girls home, but are managing to continue to do well in their schooling. Not all things are better, but on the whole they are happy to be home and back on track. Their lives are so different now compared to what might have been. Together, we all say thank-you to our sponsors and supporters – as all of us are in the same story. Dear donors – thank you for caring about us.
Pictured: Captivating Founders – Andrew & Julie with Serr Tso (blue top) and Kalsang.
My world is not limited to a small mountain village. I want to reach a distance I have never reached. I want to go to the top of the mountain to overlook the world and blow the night wind on the top of the mountain.
Yangkartso, 17, lives with his brother and mother. Her father died due to an accident at work when she was still a child. Her mother then sought jobs so she could continue supporting them and send them to school. However, when her brother fell ill, their family's financial difficulty increased and she had to drop out of school.
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.
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.
What a night! We are so humbled by the generosity shown once again from our Shenzhen community. Saturday, 12th of October, once again working with the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen, will be remembered by us for a long time.