Technology comes to Project Eden

Set in a modest village surrounded by beautiful lychee trees, Project Eden welcomed sixteen lovely young ladies into its program this Fall. With the addition of more students, the project is thrilled to now have four teachers who teach them daily. The students are taught English, Chinese, Math and have just begun a new Computer class.  Earlier this Summer, there was talk of some computers being donated for the students to use and some of the staff began renovating a room to house them in. They girls were delighted to hear that ten gently used laptops was going to be generously loaned by Shekou International School for use at Project Eden.

A short trip was made to Shenzhen to pick up the laptops in September and squeals of joy were heard when the car that was carrying the computers pulled into the driveway. Many of the girls have had little exposure to technology and the staff would like to be able to teach them basic typing skills, how to navigate the internet and how to use simple programs. We know these basic skills will one day assist the girls in their schoolwork and future job.

The student’s reaction to the computer class has been SO positive and definitely a class that they look forward to attending each day. When asked why the students enjoyed using the computers, one student replied, “I like learning how to type and I enjoy learning something new”. Another student said, “I like using the computers because it helps me learn new English words”. We are so thankful for this generous gift and we would like to thank everyone at Shekou International School for thinking of our project!  Specifically, a big thank-you to John Burns and the whole tech team at the SIS Genius Bar.

(Pictured top to bottom:  Drew from Project Eden receiving 10 laptops from SIS; some of the Eden girls enjoying their first class in the refurbished computer room).

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.