Living the dream – four girls jump for joy at starting medical school
The idea of working in the medical field is nothing more than a distant dream for girls living in remote locations in China. Captivating, in partnership with LOVEQTRA and the Seng Girls Vocational Training School and home (SGVTS), are always exploring ways for girls to get the start they need to enter their dream career, and with it, the prospect of independent living in the years to come.
This medical dream first started two years ago when two girls from the SGVTS began a four-year Tibetan run medical program. Lahrchen (pictured) is one of the first girls who started her training February 2013. She says it is a lot of theory and medical terms which seemed like another language to her. But she is focused and committed to graduate in 2017, and start a career as a qualified medical assistant. This program provides an officially recognized certificate at completion as well as very high prospects of moving directly into employment. The entrance requirements are quite difficult. Since 2013 several girls have attempted to gain entrance to this program but only one has been successful….until recently.
Our latest news just received is that four new girls sat entrance exams a few weeks back, and passed (pictured). This is a major achievement for the school and we are so proud of these four girls and give full credit to the teachers and staff at the SGVTS who are working hard to position these girls well for the future. For these four newest medical students, they are today bubbling with excitement (and nerves) as they start their studies in the career of their dreams.
As of now, seven girls in total are enrolled in this medical program run over two campuses. Thank you to KONG for providing full medical scholarships to four of these girls; and to Jordan for funding two of the new girls. We hope someone else out there in Captivating world will step forward to assist the seventh girl. All of these girls also have individual sponsors as part of the the Captivating child sponsorship program which helps them remain in the support and care of the SGVTS program with food, clothing, transport and a place to call home during their study vacation period (the SGVTS). Thank you to all of you. For seven girls, the future looks bright.
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Puyuxia, 19, comes from a rural area. She lives with her grandfather who raised her by himself ever since she was a little girl. Puyuxia's father died in an accident while her mother left them in search of a better life.
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