“MY FIRST JOB” Program update – Giving girls a future

It’s too late for school scholarships for girls who are past school age in China and still well behind in their education levels. Although gaining a basic education would be a great outcome, such solutions would take years to implement for girls we are coming across that have had at most only a few year of primary school. At Captivating, we believe that one of the best things to do is help transition these young women safely into their first job – the best job possible. The MY FIRST JOB (MFJ) program is about joining the dots.

  • MFJ focuses on mature age girls who have missed most of their schooling. Many are illiterate;
  • To position them well for their first job, 6 months of intensive vocational skills training is provided (such as cooking, tailoring, cleaning);
  • Girls are also mentored in basic life and independence skills;
  • MFJ works to establish a network of trusted employers willing to give these girls a chance; and
  • We mentor and track their progress for 2 years  to ensure they can overcome obstacles.
  •  My First Job Motso (1)“I am Motso and I am 25 years old. My family is from pure agricultural area and both my parents are farmers. Though my parents are not rich they always try to provide us with the best they can.” 

    “I was lucky to be sent to school until grade four primary school and then, when I was 9 years old,  I got very sick. My two legs kept aching. My parents borrowed so much money to take me to doctors and hospitals. My parents were told that I would become disabled. I could not walk for the following 9 years. After lots of hospital time I finally recovered which was a miracle even to the doctors. After two years of putting lots of effort in, I was finally able to walk again. I was then 22 years old. My parents were so happy though they were in huge debt because of curing me. During that time I went through so much pain and pressure, but the most painful thing was the thought I would be a burden to my parents, my brother and my sister in particular. I still remember the first day I walked in front of my mother after years staying in wheels and my mother fainted because of over excitement. Since more than two years ago my family was finally free from taking me to hospitals and spending all they have on me.”

    “Now I am recovered fully and I know I need to be independent but I do not have skills and my parents do not want me to go digging for herbs or work outside due to the anxiety of me getting sick again. When we heard SHAMTSE Charity is providing cooking training, my parents called them immediately and I was accepted as I fit into their requirement.”

    “Since the program started last month, we have been learning to cook Tibetan traditional food and Chinese dishes in the past one month’s time and our teacher is an experienced chef. He always keeps encouraging us while being strict as well and he said he could help me to find a job in a restaurant as assistant to a chef after the training. I know it takes time to become a good chef and I am patient about that. I know so many people are helping me and giving me love and power to live well. I have the passion to do this, as it was like I was dead for over 11 years and I want to cherish my life and love from others. Many thanks to the donors for helping me to fulfil my dreams.” 

    CAN YOU HELP US? We still need donors to support this program. US$1,600 is the full cost of taking a girl from nothing through to her first job. It includes 2 years of follow-up and support. This is a dream-come-true solution for her. More girls are waiting in line for their chance. It’s up to us to open the door for them.  Interested? Contact andrewc@captivating.org

    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.