PIG PARADISE

Bason Lhamo (Carrie – our Captivating Project Manager based in Qinghai) reports a successful start to our Pig’s For Poverty project in Qinghai Province. Tonight, 74 families are sleeping a touch more soundly thanks to them being the new proud owners of a quality pigsty and at least one quality sow. Thanks to financial support from Captivating’s Annual Charity Auction in Shenzhen, Oct last year, each family received materials enabling them to each construct their own pigsty, and a quality sow capable of producing upwards of 20 piglets each year. The families will sell the piglets each year and income will help to keep their kids in school amongst other things. Many families will elect to expand their operation, choosing to keep the best baby sow or two. It’s a really great solution for them.

Bason was present throughout the implementation and building of the pig houses. The results were impressive. Best of all, each family have agreed as part of the solution to pay this gift forward. Over the next few years, they will be working with Bason Lhamo and the Village Leader to provide 2 piglets to other struggling families in their community. It’s a gift that will keep on giving.

In the coming months, Bason will once again visit this village to see how this project has progressed. We look forward to sharing stories with you about how some families have benefited.

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.