Nearing the end of an incredible journey – Project Eden
Over the past 9 years, 21 girls have called Eden home. These girls came from families who were too poor to give these girls the opportunity for a good education which would give them a bright future. During their time at Eden, each of these 21 girls were nurtured with love, care, kindness and mentoring from all the teachers, staff and Dale and Cyndi Gummin who have created and directed project Eden since it’s birth, providing a ‘home away from home’. When the time came for them to move on from Eden, each girl learned practical life skills, social skills, responsibility and a vocation that provided them with jobs and a steady income.
Our incredible journey with Project Eden is finishing. We feel so privileged to have partnered with everything that Eden has accomplished over the past 9 years with so many young lives being transformed. With the final girls about to enter the internship stage of their vocational studies, including full boarding accommodation at either their school or workplace, Eden has now closed it’s doors as their second home. The Gummins remain a phone call and hot meal away when needed and will keep in close contact until all girls graduate in June 2019. We love you all and are so proud of your hard work. These remaining girls will continue to be supported by Captivating and their loyal sponsors with fees and living costs until they graduate.
Thank you Dale and Cyndi for your passion to see girls rise above their circumstances and become young women who will change their world. You have spent many days, months and years doing everything possible to give these girls wings to fly.
Thank you to Treasures of Hope for your support over the years. From Christmas gifts to barbecues and everything in between – you have been there to see these girls grow up.
And thank you to our amazing global family of sponsors who have given consistently and generously so these girls could learn a vocation and skills and ultimately secure a job. All this would not be possible without you – thank you!
As the dust settles on our 10th Annual Captivating Charity Auction, we are left with nothing but gratitude and praise for the amazing community we are lucky to be surrounded by. Shenzhen, you were amazing.
What can we possibly say about ZURU TOYS that would be adequate in just a few sentences. Starting this year, ZURU fund 50% of the total budget of our Vocational School Scholarship Program, and MY FIRST JOB programs in China - bringing hope to over 300 girls a year. ZURU...
"I am currently the main chef at a little kitchen. The owner found that I am the best cook in the restaurant. The customers enjoy my food and always give me compliments on my cooking skills. At first I was nervous because I have never worked in such a professional environment before but I am now full of confidence that I have my very first long term, stable job. I am so happy with my life now and I could not believe that all happened to me. Without your support I would not have had this life changing opportunity."
A few days ago a boy randomly gave me a strawberry as I stood by his mountain-top village trying to catch my breath. At 3,700m altitude the air certainly gets thin. But even my mind - dulled with headache from a lack of oxygen - did not miss the significance that the strawberry was especially picked because it was in the shape of a heart.