NEW PROJECT: The Captivating Healthy Village Program kicks off

Following an amazing Annual Charity Auction in October, RMB 186K (US$30.5K) was immediately forwarded to one of our partner NPO’s in Qinghai to commence a new project in Western China we are excited about – The Captivating Healthy Village Program.

On November 8, our medical team left to visit the first of what will be 10 villages over the next 2 months.  Over 1,000 adults and children, including what we expect to be 200 expectant mothers from 10 villages in Southern and Eastern Qinghai will receive three days of health training on critical health topics, a free health inspection by qualified doctors from Xining, and some minor treatment.  With training provided by visiting medical professionals, this program aims to help improve infant mortality rates, educate on women’s health issues and infectious diseases not normally discussed as part of this culture, and encourage locals to seek more regular medical support.  Visiting program staff will also talk to village leaders about other pressing needs in their villages with a specific focus on child related desperate cases.  On a case-by-case basis, Captivating will then consider whether we can change the futures of such children as part of another new initiative – the Emergency Medical and Scholarship Program.  If you would like more details about either the Healthy Village or Emergency Medical and Scholarship programs, please contact andrewc@captivating.org directly.

Our huge thanks to supporters of our Annual Shenzhen based Captivating Charity Auction (held October of each year) and also to Greg Shultheis and the Shenzhen Midnight Charity Race who have underwritten the Emergency Medical and Scholarship Program.  We will enjoy sharing the future stories of changed lives through both these initiatives.
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.