Caihangji graduated from junior high school in 2013, but because of her family’s impoverished condition, she couldn’t continue her education. She helped tend the family’s grazing sheep for 3 years by going out in the fields every morning and returning in the evening. “When I take care of the sheep on the mountain, I get bored and tired. My day is mainly eating dry steamed buns, drink cold water, and sometimes, when there are wolves, I set off firecrackers to frighten them. Most of the time on the mountain, I listen to songs to relieve boredom,” explains Caihangji.
Caihangji enrolled in the Vocational School Scholarship program in 2016 and majored in Medicine. After two years of hard work in school and one year of internship, she graduated as one of the top 10 in her class of 29 students. She is now officially employed as a pharmacist and earns a good monthly salary. She is very excited about her new found independence and ability to earn good money.
“This education opportunity has changed my life. I’m doing things I like to make a living. I know that with this new job, I can start saving and have my own house in the future.”
Thank you to Dean and Chris for sponsoring Caihangji through her studies and giving her a future to be proud of. Thank you to ZURU for funding 50% of this life changing program, currently bringing hope to 267 girls who are now back in school.
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.