“I’ve never seen a picture book before” – thanks Darling Downs Christian School in Australia

Tso Shong Kindergarten is located in a very remote region in Western China. The villagers here mainly live by farming. Very little traffic enters this village which has created isolation for these families. Their income is not enough to cover daily life expenses such as food, clothes and oil to burn. Medical care and education is very expensive and out of reach from the family budget. These families live a very basic life and as you can see in the photo below, the school is very sparsely furnished. Like all mothers, they want to provide their children with a good life and they become discouraged when they are unable to.

tso-shong-kindergarten-2Thanks to Darling Downs Christian School, each of the 40 children received a school bag, pencils, gloves and fun, colourful books just in time to celebrate International Children’s Day. They were especially excited to receive the colourful picture books. They have never seen one before and they spend a lot of time looking at the pictures and learning to read the words. These children have a new appreciation for learning and are enthusiastic to continue learning new things.

tso-shong-kindergarten-8Cairang Dondrubg, the happy boy at the front left [photo on left], is about to start his third year at the kindergarten. He hasn’t had a new school bag for two years and his mother couldn’t get a new one for him because she doesn’t have any money. “I like to have a new school bag, and good looking shoes and nice, new clothes like others, but my mother says that we do not have money and I should not be asking too much. I never ask for all these because I know my mother is facing a difficult life and she has to work a lot. I do not want my mother getting tired and unhappy. Now I have a new bag, many pencils, exciting books and even gloves for the winter. My mother is very happy that I have all these. Thank you so much for all these” said Cairang Dondrub with a grateful, big smile.

Thank you to Darling Downs Christian School for making all this possible and for showing these children that they are special and important.

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

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.




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

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.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

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."




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

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.




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.