Menus and Milestones

Within the next couple of weeks, 30 women will be starting the My First Job Assistant Chef Training. Most of these women have never been to school and live in remote locations in Western China where opportunities are limited. The My First Job program will equip these 30 women with skills, confidence and the ability to become assistant chefs. For most of us, reading menus, recipes, and ingredient lists is a common task and often taken for granted. But for these women, learning to read these things is a huge milestone and creates significant impact on their confidence in their abilities.

One participant shares her story with us:

“I am a single mother. I have never been to school because my parents didn’t value the education of girls. I got married to a good man and we were happy until I gave birth to a baby girl. Both my husband and my mother-in-law wanted a boy and resented me and my daughter. We were both eventually banished from the household. I had nowhere else to go, so I had to move back home with my aging parents.

My daughter has just started school and her teacher tells me that she doesn’t like to speak in class and always sits alone. I worry for my daughter and I want her to receive good education. I don’t want her to be like me; illiterate and with limited to no job opportunities. My goal is to be able to send my daughter to school and see her finish college so she can be a confident and independent woman. For a single mother like me, this is nearly impossible in my current situation. I am looking forward to joining the My First Job Assistant Chef Program. I like cooking very much. I know this will open up good opportunities to help me and my daughter have a better future.”

My First Job Assistant Chef Training provides four months of intensive vocational training, followed by two months of direct help with job placement. Thank you to ZURU for partnering with us and funding 50% of this program.

 

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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.