My dream of becoming a Pharmacist is coming true

We hope you enjoy this story from one of our newest Vocational School Scholarship (VSS) recipients:

My name is Drolma and I come from Qinghai Province. I’m nineteen this year and now a vocational school student majoring in pharmacy with another 10 girls from the Captivating Vocational Scholarship School Program. I have been out of school for four years, so I both excited about this chance but also nervous whether I am good enough to keep up after such a long break. 

I come from a poor family in a pastoral area. But, we didn’t have any cattle or sheep to support ourselves. I have a brother and sister who are very young. My father can only work odd job. My mother often told me that they don’t have the ability to send me to school because both she and my father are illiterate and unable to make enough money to afford the education costs. My mother has leg problems and cannot walk on her own.

Drolma [right] with one of her friends who is also part of the VSS program

I would feel deeply discouraged when I would see students of my same age going to school and working towards their goals – then scold myself for being so selfish. However, I always had a dream since I was young to become a doctor. Helping people who are sick, especially those who cannot afford to go to a hospital, is my lifetime dream. 

With society continually progressing, prices are also rising fast. Facing the rising price, and the income of my family still remained the same. This was like icing on the snow to me – my schooling dream had all but faded.

BUT, that all changed when I met with Shamtse Charity (Captivating’s on the ground partner). I could hardly hold back the tears when I was told my dream of becoming a Pharmacist was going to come true. When the teacher handed me the funding, my heart was surging and I cried because I thought how could I be a student? I thought it was my honor that at that moment, let my hard-working heart get the moistening of love from everyone. Whoever you are, I’m grateful for all of you have done. When I encounter difficulties and setbacks, as long as I think of your support and encouragement to me in the distance, I will overcome difficulties and go forward bravely.

I truly believe – people cannot be excellent enough, not smart enough, but not strong enough. Only by learning to be grateful, people will have a kind and gentle heart.

Our continual thanks to the team at ZURU for their amazing sponsorship of 50% of the entire VSS program. We still need to engage individual sponsors of new girls starting the program this year. US$40 a month for a 3 year commitment is all it takes to make another girls dreams come true. Check out our GIRL SPONSORSHIP section for more details.

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10 piglets and 1 very happy Mom

This mom in Qinghai, China, is very happy and busy. Thanks to the Pigs for Poverty Project, she now has 10 piglets to take care of and sell. Before receiving two sows, she had very limited income opportunities for her family. Now, everything is different. "I am expecting an income of around 10 thousand RMB for the coming year. Thank you very much for helping us. We are very grateful. Pigs keep us very busy but they are increasing our family income. I am so happy to raise them. With this extra income, my children's education will be able to continue. I will be always grateful."


"Hats off" to our awesome 2018 greenhouse supervisor

Mr Tredan [wearing the cowboy hat in the photo below] is the main supervisor for our current greenhouse construction program. He is a shy man but strongly believes in this program as an excellent way to significantly improve the livelihood of impoverished single moms in Qinghai, China. He was our key in the success of our 2017 Greenhouse Project and we have been grateful he was willing and happy to help out again during the 2018 project - a program that has brought hope to 131 families this past year. It was dusty work but the results were exciting as each Greenhouse started to take shape.


30 women receive Assistant Chef training -

I am a single mom with 3 children. After the birth of our 3rd daughter I became barren and couldn't provide my husband with a son, so he left me. I have never been to school so I am unable to find work to support myself and my daughters. I want the best for my girls and I know it's not possible without a good education. I need to find work to be able to send my daughters to school. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the My First Job Assistant Chef program. I am learning skills that I am confident will be able to provide me with a good job. I am not property. My children are the most important thing to me. I am happy that I will be able to be independent and provide them with a good future. 


Pigs bring a bright future to Dolji and her daughter

Dolji is a 30 year old single mother and has a 4 year old daughter who is attending the village kindergarten. Dolji has a mental disability and she has never been to school herself. Because of this, she has never been married. She also does not know who her daughter's father is.


130 families have greenhouses

130 families have completed the construction of their greenhouses. This greenhouse [photo on the right] is newly built and belongs to three families.  They have just planted green papers, Chinese cabbage, carrot and onions. Everything is growing well even though it is very cold at the site currently. This is going to help these families to be able to grow fresh produce all year long.


Winter time at Seng Girls Vocational Training School

The campus in winter is white and it looks like a white coat on the roof of the buildings. The the students love winter time at the Seng Girls Vocational Training School.