SOLAR PANELS lighting up the lives of children in remote Qinghai

Captivating Solar Panel Project has once again rolled out in Western China. This year 59 families living in high and cold environments benefited from receiving solar panels. Prior to the panels being installed, their supply of electricity was inconsistent and costly. Mornings mostly consisted of milking the yaks in the dark. Cooking, eating, reading and writing was either done in the dark or by candle light. But now – things are so different.

These solar panels provide many benefits for a family: children can study longer at night with good lighting without toxic fumes or straining eyes; families can conveniently boil water resulting in improved hydration and hygiene; women and children will now save several hours a week not having to collect so much wood/sticks to build fires to boil water or cook food; and it’s now safer for activities to happen after dark because of access to better light.

Gangsta Solar Panels 2015 (19)You can see in these photos the difference proper lighting makes. You might also notice that although there is sufficient light, the children are still used to having their eyes very close to the page to see – something that will now improve.  One comment from a mom said, “Tonight, when I turn on the light switch and cook dinner on my electric stove, I am grateful for stable electricity and for a bright environment for my children to learn and grow”.

Our thanks to the Shenzhen Captivating Annual Charity Auction for funding much of this project. Our thanks also to Rob and several other employees from APPLE who got behind this work. Rob, not only do we appreciate your financial support, but also your assistance is helping CAPTIVATING become an approved gift matching charity recipient of APPLE Inc.

If you would like to fund your very own project with Captivating, contact andrewc@captivating.org. He’d love to hear from you and has a long list of project possibilities aimed at bringing hope to children in need of your help. 

If you’re an Apple employee and would like to learn more about Captivating and our projects, we’d love to hear from you. 

CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM

153 women received health checks

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CHINA | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

A future in tailoring for 30 women

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Nursing Internship

“This is the life that I have been dreaming about for years and I never thought my dream would come true. I know that I would have no chance without your support over the past 2 years. I am always grateful for your support and trust. Thank you!”




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A dream I didn't dare to dream

Right now, the Captivating Healthy Village Project is visiting remote villages and communities through Western China. This project is two-fold; 1) Much needed medical help is brought to these poor, remote locations,  2) Single mothers trapped in poverty and girls who are no longer in school are being discovered. This brings a wonderful opportunity to help in an even greater capacity. Here is a story of one mother who received greater help than she even dared to dream.




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM

Thank you for coming to my village

Kamogal, 48 years old and a single mother of 19 year old son. She has never been to school and neither has her son. They have been struggling to make a life and farming has been the only source of income for the family. She has been sick for long time and has only been able to visit a doctor once for some treatment because they can't afford the medical costs.




CHINA | INTERCEPT A GIRL AT THE BORDER

Thank you again Midnight Charity Runners

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