Passing-on-the-gift Triumph – Captivating Kaili Village

We are thrilled to report that passing-on-the-gift has been hugely successful. As at 30 June, 2015, there are 282 families in the Captivating Kaili Village Program. We started with 153 original families back in 2012 who received initial funding from the program and received either pigs, chickens, or agricultural based solutions to be able to increase their ongoing annual incomes. Of these 153 families, 129 have fully repaid their original gifts enabling new families to join the program. This means their home businesses are working and their family income levels have increased. The most recent example of this was on June 16, 2015, when a passing-on-the-gift ceremony was held in Ji Bo village. At this ceremony, 21 farmers actively attended wanting to join this project. This is a day of great celebration for the families as this represents a significant milestone for them. They are issued a certificate for being successful with the program and for repaying the money. They also get to experience the joy of seeing another family benefit because of their repayments – another family given the opportunity to create a brighter future for their children.

Heifer LogoParticipants of this project learn many things including: the best ways to buy and sell in the markets; best farming practices; environment protection and so much more. The villagers have begun to implement these principles within their communities. This has resulted in this community coming together to build bridges, fix roads and implement rubbish management systems. The flow-on effect from the projects “pass-on-the-gift” stage can be repeated through multiple cycles as the new recipient families pass on the gift themselves in a few years time.  This will continue well past the time Captivating completes their role the program.

This 5 year program is projected to conclude by December 2017, by which time 450 families will either be poverty free or on their way to being poverty free. This ultimately means much more secure futures for several hundred children who will without doubt finish their schooling and go as far as they or their parents want them to. It’s creating the ability for families to make these choices. Full credit goes to our implementing partner – Heifer China and to our wonderful donors for making all this possible.

For more information about this project or to find out how you could partner with Captivating to bring lasting change to families in remote, rural locations, contact andrewc@captivating.org.

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.