“One hand cannot clap on its own but it needs the other hand to make a clap.”

by Bonnie Horbata

What is a volunteer?  What is the value of volunteering?  Volunteering is about giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the community at large.  It is working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community.

People volunteer for an endless variety of reasons.  Many people want to gain experience, acquire new skills, meet new people, or expand their network of contacts as a way to get a new job or start a career. Others just want to give back to their community, to help a friend or promote a worthwhile activity.

Without faithful volunteers, most non-profit and charitable organizations would not be able to provide the level of service and/or reach the people who are in need. Whether it is the United Way, the Cancer Society, or the many feed the homeless programs; these organizations do not have the manpower or funds to do all the work.  That is why volunteers are so important and needed.

One of the pleasures of working at Captivating International is meeting the many volunteers who are a part of our community.  I would like to spotlight just a few of these people who would probably prefer that I not write about them; but their actions are like a perfect pebble thrown into calm waters whereby each circle surrounding the first dip has a ripple effect that grows and grows.  Their efforts also grow and grow and help to make Captivating International’s work meaningful and productive.  Thank you to all of our volunteers.

Here are several experiences from our recent volunteer tutors in Shenzhen, China. They have been coming every week to teach girls and prepare them for higher education opportunities. In addition to tutoring the girls, each of them contributes to other volunteer activities like the Captivating Kidz with Heart Mini Olympics and the Gala & Auction event.

Tutoring the girls has been a wonderful personal experience for me. It really is a chance to give back. It is easy to fall into the trap of getting all that you can for yourself with the world that we live in.  Too often we only consider this effort and forget to look beyond ourselves and our responsibility to give back. This has been a very rewarding experience. I truly care about these girls and want them to do well.All of these young ladies are very diligent with their study, and they all have a hunger to learn. This makes teaching a great experience! I love that Captivating is changing these girls lives! They are getting opportunities that they never thought possible. They are getting opportunities that I never thought possible! This endeavour is something truly special to be a part of.One of the greatest successes that I have noticed so far is an unwillingness to give up! These girls have a gritty, never say die attitude. And even though their situation is a difficult one, they refuse to allow that to hold them back. They see that they have the opportunity before them to advance themselves, and they are going for it!”  – Ryan  Morgan

“Of all the amazing new experiences I have had in China, tutoring English for Captivating has been my absolute favourite” – Kia Hamilton

“Tutoring the Seng girls has been an interesting and rewarding experience. The girls truly understand that education is the key to improving their lives, and therefore, they are very dedicated to their studies and are hard-working. I have enjoyed getting to know them better and hopefully helping them to reach for their dreams. “  – Julie Ponthier

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.