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 | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

A Dream of Financial Independence

Drugmokyid was only able to go to grade 6 at school because the family could only afford to send one of their children through school, and that was her brother. Her dreams of a better future came true when she joined the Husky Energy (now a member of the Cenovus group of companies) Tailoring Skills for Women Program




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Warmth of Grateful Hearts

After a lot of preparatory work, the first My First Job Tailoring Project in 2022 was officially launched on January 15. This week marks the start of training for 30 women whose lives are about to change as they learn about the employable skill of tailoring.




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Hardworking Daughter and Student

Despite their frugal lifestyle, Weiwei still manages to study well and get good grades while also helping out her father with farm work during summer vacation.




CHINA | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Concluding the Second Cohort of Tailoring Skills Program

Three precious months have passed since the second batch of Husky Energy (now a member of the Cenovus group of companies) Tailoring Skills Program for Women started. Twenty-nine trainees, composed of young women and mothers, are now ready to start anew with their acquired skills.




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

For My Parents

My name is Lhamotso and I am 22 years old. I have had very little education and so I have never had a job where I can earn a good income. My family rely on our livestock to survive but last winter was really heavy snow and five of our cattle were trapped. We couldn’t do anything about it. This devastated my family.




CAPTIVATING’S ONE MORE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM | CHINA

Despite Uncertainties

Xiangdong's family is particularly poor in the village. He and his younger brother were raised by their loving grandparents. However, the future was uncertain for both of them.