SGVTS Year 6 Graduates – all the best for your final 6 months at the Girls Home!!

by Francine Zhang (Captivating Child Sponsorship Coordinator) and Andrew Colquhoun

Being a student in the prestigious Grade 6 class at the Seng Girls Vocational Training School (SGVTS) is a really BIG DEAL. You see, Grade 6 is the final year of study offered by the SGVTS. After this a girl graduates and prepares for the next steps – somewhere in China. This is such a contrast to when a girl first comes into the program. She comes to SGVTS because she is found to have already missed out on most of her schooling and the prospect of ever starting school is nil. She arrives at SGVTS feeling inferior, alone, and inadequate of ever amounting to much. She looks at the girls in Grade 6, their final year in the SGVTS program and only dreams that one day that might be her. But, she quickly discounts it as being nothing more than a dream. Well – what a difference a few years can make.

Seeing a photo like the one below brings us so much joy at Captivating. We are thankful for so many things:
– Thankful to the hard work and determination of these girls who have started well behind their peers back in their home villages;
– Thankful to dedicated teachers who work hard to fast-track these girls through their schooling;
– Thankful to Dockpo and the team at LOVEQTRA for having a dream to make a difference for girls in their province;
– Thankful to generous sponsors who have seen a picture and story of a girl in this program and said, “This girl’s problem stops with me”;
– Thankful to a wonderful team of staff and volunteers at CAPTIVATING who work hard to fund this work.

We are passionate about one thing – giving girls like these the chance to make something significant of their lives. To bring them hope for a better tomorrow. They need us to step up and join them in their journey. TODAY you could invest in the life of one of these girls. It’s easy. As I write this, 15 girls, new in the SGVTS Program, need a sponsor – someone who will join the Captivating sponsorship family and ensure the SGVTS program can continue. INTERESTED? email for more details. US$40 month makes a huge difference. These girls are the product.

(Photo – Math teacher (lady in back row), Grade 6 teacher (man seated in blue jacket), English teacher (man in black jacket) and the grade 5 teacher (man on far left). Girls from left to right; Front row – Wang, Sali, Lha, Rubsal, Kunzang & Dorjee. Back row – Tra, Kunde, Trashi & Dabu (absent is Naimai))


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