My Time To Be Thankful

by Crystal Matterson (Captivating Volunteer)

The Captivating Healthy Village Program for 2015 has just concluded – a program bringing essential health information to remote locations in Western China. As I scan my personal vanity this morning, I take a moment to be thankful for my life. My husband’s area of the washroom consists of only the finest in men’s shaving accessories, and I take great pride in my multi-step dental hygiene products. With a plethora of scented soaps, creams, lotions, and shampoos, along with a medicine cabinet full of meds for any ailment imaginable, I realize just how privileged we are to not only have these “things,” but to also have the education needed to live a disease free, sanitary life.

I compare my situation to the picture below. These students, as part of the Healthy Village program, were thrilled to be provided simple necessities such as a small wash basin and basic sanitary and hygiene products. These students, along with 3,000 other program attendees spread over 10 separate locations, received several hours of critical health education focused on creating awareness about HIV/AIDS, women and men’s health issues, infectious diseases and childcare (specifically on caring for newborns). Thank you to the Shenzhen Annual Captivating Charity Auction as well as the Macau Oilmen’s Golf Tournament Group who have supported this program for two years now. Thanks to their support, many remotely located impoverished families are becoming more aware of critical health matters affecting not just their own lives, but the lives of their children. Our thanks to our program implementation partner, Shamtse, and the team of medical doctors from partnering hospitals and counties. Stay tuned for a further update about this program in the future.

For more information about this project or to find out how you could partner with Captivating to bring lasting change to families in remote rural locations, 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.