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!

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.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

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.