I Feel Pretty

“I feel pretty, Oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright
And I pity, any girl who isn’t me tonight.” ~ lyrics from West Side Story

A vital part of caring for the girls here at Project Eden is to foster a positive sense of self-worth.  While education is paramount in securing a better future for a child; we must also create environments that boost a child’s perception of their self-worth and beauty.Poverty extends into every aspect of a person’s life and it wreaks havoc on a person’s perception of themselves and often prevents them from being able to succeed in the future, even after the element of poverty has been removed from their life.

The team at Project Eden knows this very well and they continually build into their curriculum occasions to lift the girls self-image and confidence by teaching them the art of conversation, excursions, and activities. A few weeks ago, the staff decided to have a fashion show. They instructed the girls to select an outfit that they want to wear at the fashion show and they could choose to wear something pretty, silly or even dress up like someone they know. The girls really loved the idea and it was a big hit. Even the shyest of the group displayed confidence and silliness during the show. It is a privilege to get to walk through life with these young women and see them mature week by week.  And most of all; the girls were able to see themselves in another light and feel “pretty and witty and bright”.

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.




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

Living and Working with Gratitude

When Yedron learned about the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, she was filled with so much hope and eagerness. She wanted to enter the program with the hopes of learning a new skill and start her own business at home.