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.
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.
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.
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.
Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.