Tracy, our Shenzhen Office Manager, recently had the privilege of visiting 13 young ladies from the Vocational School Scholarship (VSS) Program, their principals and local coordinators. She shares with us her memorable experience of spending quality time with the girls.
13 young ladies studing through the Captivating Vocational School Scholarship Program
Despite the hectic schedule in school, their enjoyment was evident. Most of them were shy when we first met, but I was surprised when I discovered their love for singing and dancing. Their longing for applause, affection, and acknowledgement from others also struck me. One of the girls, Zongkyid, especially made an impression on me. She is a sweet girl who is working through her nursing training.
Tracy (right) with Zongkyid (left) who is studying nursing through the VSS program
Zongkyid told Tracy, “When I heard that someone could help me to go back to school, I couldn’t believe it at first. How could there be such a good thing in the world? I didn’t think I would be this lucky. Not only could I go back to school, but I could also choose the course that I would like to take. I believe that as long as I study hard, I will find a good job after graduation. Special thanks to my principal, Mr. Danguo and the charity that funded me (Captivating & Shamtse), for without your trust and help, I would not have such a bright future. Thank you!” said Zongkyid happily, with her eyes full of courage and vision for a better future. Thank you to Mike & Sue for sponsoring her through this program.
I am honored to be involved in this project and delighted to witness the butterfly changes with hundreds of girls. I am grateful for the girls who help me better understand my values and responsibilities and for inspiring me to move forward. They have inspired me to be better in the work that I do because it can help change their fate.
All the girls in the Vocational School Scholarship program share a similar story as Zongkyid. They dropped out of school for various reasons. Unfortunately, chances to go back to school for those who drop out are difficult to find.
Our VSS Program is a significant turning point in their lives – the girls are given another opportunity to go back to school, to find and build on their strengths, and to fulfill their dreams.
Qujiangtso has never been to school but understands the value of education. She wants to give her children good education but because of her lack of education and skills, is unable to find a stable job.
"Tonight is meat buns night." The students and teachers at Seng Girls Vocational Training School haven't had steamed meat buns for a long time and everyone is just thrilled. The girls share their joyful experience from that evening meal.
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Soko is a 33-year-old single mother of two small children and pregnant with her third child. Men have come and gone throughout her life and so she doesn't know who the fathers of her children are. She dropped out of school in 4th grade and so has very little education.