Project Eden Girls’ have their first Dentist Visit….ever

(An update from Dale Gummin)

Somebody might find this story interesting.  We get a real kick out of taking some of our girls to the dentist each year – usually for the very first time.  Sometimes we take a group of 4-5 at a time for convenience sake. They all need to go sooner or later as they’ve never had dental care previously, and it can get quite serious. It’s hard to hide a smile when you see them in the chair with white knuckles and the others trying to get as close a look as possible without tripping over the dentist. Fortunately, our dentist is very patient and puts up with it. However, when they all stand there moaning with one hand over their mouth that’s about all the dentist can take and he kicks them out of the room. Then they go and sit in the waiting room holding their mouths. No, not because it hurts. They haven’t had their turn in the chair yet. It’s all anticipation!

So, why the “white knuckles”? Well, it’s common practice to not give a shot of Novocaine before drilling? Many dentists still think that those pain killers are really bad for you and possibly could become addicting. How do I know? I’ve had several complete root canals, about 5 to be exact. None of these were done with any sort of comfort medicine for pain. I too know all about “white knuckles”.

The trip back home is usually pretty quiet and some of them are not too happy with their companions as they laugh at each other if they cry. Anyway, they get over it all in about an hour or so and it’s back to the normal fun and light heartedness we love to see. That is, until the next time they need to go. We’ve even had to chase them around the dentist office. No joke!

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.