Our PIGS for POVERTY program – A Special Kind of Wonderful

This mama and her piglet are a special kind of wonderful.

They’re being raised by a single mom and her family in a tiny village in one of the remotest parts of rural Qinghai, where the winters are long and cold and grinding poverty is an ever-present reality.

These pigs are her ray of hope. As the piglets grow up, they’ll be sold at the local market and and, with the money she earns, she’ll be able to buy food and medical necessities and keep her kids in school so that, one day, they’ll have a brighter future.

We need your help to reach more single moms and their families. With Captivating’s PIGS FOR POVERTY program, it costs RMB 1,800 / US$270 to give a family a pair of female breeding piglets specially bred to survive the long, harsh Qinghai winters, money for the first year of vaccinations, and training on the latest breeding methods.

On October 14, in Shenzhen China, we host our annual CAPTIVATING CHARITY AUCTION. This is a critical night of fundraising, helping us to achieve our program goals in China. We know not everyone can make it to the auction but are hoping you might still join hands with us from wherever you are in the world. This year, we hope you could get behind this program. You can donate between NOW and midnight October 14.

The Chairman of Captivating’s Board believes in this program so much that he is going to match every RMB 900 / US$135 raised up to 100 families before midnight October 14.

Pigs for 100 single moms and their families. That’s a special kind of wonderful.

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.




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

Living and Working with Gratitude

When Yedron learned about the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, she was filled with so much hope and eagerness. She wanted to enter the program with the hopes of learning a new skill and start her own business at home.