PCH International – SOLAR PANELS bringing hope and opportunity

PCH International is an amazing organization. Last year, they approached Captivating interested in doing something that would bring an end to poverty and suffering for children and families in China – a country they wanted to support and give back to after years of doing business here. Since that time PCH has supported not just one, but several Captivating’s activities. It all started, however, with a desire to solve a simple (but out of reach) problem for a rural, mountainous based village in Sichuan. In this village, electrical supply was a problem. As a consequence, all of the village children would be studying at night using candles, kerosene and butter lamps. Health, eye-sight and decreased study hours were taking their toll on not just the children, but all members of the family.

Solar Panels were seen to be a viable solution. The aim was to help provide a sustainable, no cost electric supply solution to all 58 families in this village allowing them to save money on fuel expenses and increase consistency of the county electric supply. This project was implemented several months ago in this remote Sichuan Village, and tonight 105 children are saying, “No more butter & kerosene lamps, sore eyes, and headaches. Tonight I can study longer”. They are even enjoying the occasional TV news broadcast to keep up-to-date with things that are happening around China.

We were thrilled to have PCH International fully fund this Budu Village Solar Panel Project and help this whole village get on the road to a better future. Captivating will keep an eye on the progress of this solution to ensure it continues to meet expectations.  If so, then other villages will be considered.

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.