KAILI Village – Hope Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Most of us would not think of hope coming in the form of a pig (picture 001)…but for this 89-year old woman (picture 002), it provides a way for her to support herself in her sunset years in her own home in her village.

For this family (picture 003) it means that Mom and Dad can support their family while living in their village with their children rather than leaving their children behind as they travel to the city to try and find meager work as migrants. When asked what her dream is for her daughter, this mother said, “I want to be able to send her to school.”

For this grandmother and her grandson (picture 004) it means, not only can they be self-supporting,  they both also have access to ongoing training programs that are teaching them how to best raise their pigs and the importance of cleanliness…not only for the animals but also for their village and for their home. This grandmother was particularly happy about that because she said her grandson is now very diligent in doing his chores which include chopping and preparing the food for the pigs and keeping their home clean and tidy.

And hope can surely be seen in the “happy” written on these faces (picture 005). Their village is full of families benefiting from this development effort. Over and over villagers shared their thankfulness for the opportunity to stay in their homes and in their village and have the means to support their families. Because, as we all know, “there’s no place like home.”  (Written by Judene Irvine, Captivating Board Member, during a recent inspection of the project – also pictured in 002).

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.




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

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




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

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

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.