One Year On and Thriving

In July 2019, 120 women joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program. 91 of these women are still employed and earning a stable income. Among them is Sonam, who is now thriving in the restaurant where she works. Here is her story.

My name is Sonam. As a little girl, I only went to school for two years. My family are Nomads and so schooling was not important and my parents couldn’t afford to send me even if they wanted to.

Now, I am married and have three children. I have experienced how difficult it is to find work with no education and I don’t want that for my children. I want to be able to send them to finish school and go on to further education. We are Nomads and work hard to try and earn enough from our pastoral area but it was never enough.

I joined the My First Job program in 2019 and learned so much. I didn’t even know there was such an art to cooking.

After my graduation, I carried out my internship in a local restaurant. I am very proud to say that I am still working in the same restaurant as an assistant chef. I handle the busy kitchen processes well and I’m now very confident in the kitchen. I enjoy making the customers’ meals to order and presenting it on the plate. The customers always enjoy my cooking. This has changed my whole world. I am now a confident woman with a successful career. Thank you for giving me this gift.

We are expecting 53 more women to conclude their internships in March/April 2021. Like Sonam, we are excited for them to find stable employment or start their own cooking business. Thank you to Zuru for funding half of this program.

LET US HELP MORE WOMEN

Over the next few months, our plan is to add 120 more women to train under this program. USD 480 (3,200 RMB) is all it takes to literally transform a woman’s life. Click on the links below to know more about the program and how you can help, or contact us directly at info@captivating.org

  

Our Partners

 

CHINA | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Great Progress among Tailoring Skills Trainees

On May 1, 2021, the three-month Cenovus Tailoring Skills Program for Women in two regions officially began. The trainees have been taking their classes seriously and are helping each other a lot. We are proud to share the progress they have made in the past one and a half months.




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

My First Job Trainees Succeeds through Midterm Evaluation

The first My First Job Assistant Chef Program of 2021 for women in agricultural and pastoral areas in Qinghai Province officially opened in May 1. With the support and cooperation of teachers and local coordinators, the training has been going smoothly. Each of the women has her own learning style and pace, but everyone strives to improve each day. After one and a half months of training and practice, the women have learned 16 dishes in total. 

On June 14, the midterm evaluation for the trainees was conducted.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Strong Woman for Her Family

"I've never been to school due to our family's financial condition. Because of this, it's very difficult for me to find a stable job. My family depends on me that's why I need to be strong."




CAPTIVATING’S ONE MORE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM | CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS

Strong Will to Study

Despite her good grades, it was still unlikely for Lhamo to proceed to college. Her mother had difficulty sending her to school so she decided to stay at home and help out with the household chores. 




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Memorable Encounter between Trainees and Program Partner

My First Job Assistant Chef Program for 30 women officially starts today. These women, along with the program coordinator and Captivating staff, were also very happy to meet the six representatives from our program partner, Zuru.




CHINA | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Getting ready to learn an employable skill

30 underprivileged women in rural Western China are getting excited about their opportunity to attend the next My First Job Assistant Chef Training Program. This successful program will see them move from being "furthest from employment" to earning stable incomes - many for the first time in their lives.