I made a speech this year – by Pema Lhamo (Stella)

Have you ever done something that you never imagined you would do when you were young? When I was a little girl sitting near a black tent on the thick and wide grassland, I never knew or imagined that I would go to Shen zhen one day and learn English. It was even harder for me to believe when I heard that I was supposed to make a speech this year at Captivating s fifth annual charity auction night at the Futian Shangri-la hotel in Shenzhen, China.

Before the guests arrived, I stood in front of the stage and pictured myself standing on it and making my speech facing the crowded audiences from the spacious square shaped stage in the beautiful ballroom. Seeing the shiny huge glass-made lights suspending from the flowery ceiling like a bunch of moons hanging on the star-filled sky, I opened my eyes wider and thought to myself in great expectation that as long as I could properly make my speech, the place where we were going to perform was just wonderful. However, as I saw so many people coming into the room wearing such fancy dresses and suits, the suspense to go onstage and make my speech grew into torture, like I wasn’t quite sure if I could make it and I wanted to do it soon. I have no idea why I felt like this way. Maybe I didn’t want to wait feeling anxious and nervous! Very luckily, as I wished, it didn’t take so long at all. Instead I was supposed to make my speech at the beginning of our performances. I went up onstage wearing my Tibetan dress. As I took my steps to the center of the stage , I felt very different because I wasn’t shy or nervous like I thought I would be. Instead, I smiled and looked toward the silent audiences from side to side as I introduced myself first and then the horse dance which was like watching a horse race on wide grassland.

When my speech was over and I was walking off the stage, I saw the audiences clapping their hands and whistling with such an immense excitement. They made me feel like they were so happy for me! Having my big job done, I walked slowly off the stage with a big smile on my face!

After making the speech I learned that when you want to do something it’s better to try than being afraid to fail. If you don’t try, you’ll never know what the result would be. Like before making the speech, I was pretty nervous as well but then I made my decision to try anyway, and I did it at the end!

From Captivating: Stella did an amazing job and, thanks to the success of her speech, incredible educational opportunities have opened up for her since that time. Her dream of one day becoming a journalist is now one step closer.


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.


Determination to Support Her Family

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.


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

"I always firmly believe that education can change the future, so it's important to me to send my children to school no matter how hard or tired I am. I didn't have the opportunity to get an education. Because of this, I haven't had a stable source of income, but I have to stick whatever I can for the sake of my children. Fortunately, with your encouragement and help, I have hope in my life."


Diligent Mum Now with Stable Employment

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.


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.


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.