Skill Building Brings Confidence

Chitso is married, has three children, and lives with her in-laws and grandparents. She takes care of their family of eight members. Her husband works away from home in a factory and only comes home once a month to see the children. Chitso serves as the representative of the women in her village. She shares how the My First Job Assistant Chef Program has helped in empowering these women, not only as providers for their families but also as members of their community.

“I think the training in the My First Job Assistant Chef program is of great significance to us. Young women often have to ask their husbands for every penny they need, which is very uncomfortable. We only stay at home and usually have no power to make decisions in the family. We have very few opportunities. By learning a skill, we have the ability to support ourselves for the future.” 

Chitso with Carrie (left), our partner Shamtse’s project coordinator, and Francine (right) from our Captivating office.

“We are grateful that this program has teachers speaking in Tibetan. We are able to understand the training better. Our teachers are also very open and patient in helping us solve our problems and improve our skills.”

Chitso hopes to be able to open a restaurant near her home in the near future. “Not only will it help me increase my income and take care of my family; it will also help me feel more confident about myself and my abilities,” she concludes.

 

When women are equipped with employable / income-generating skills, we not only give them a chance to make a living for themselves and their families; we also help build their confidence in themselves and in what they are capable of.

Currently 103 women, in 4 different areas, are concluding their My First Job internships. Celebrating all women who have found and are still finding their way and voice in society. Happy International Women’s Month!

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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.