Thank you, Captivating!

“My name is Yang Yi and I am 13 years old now and I am studying in Grade 6 at Daxi Primary School. I live in a big family in which there are 15 people. We live in a mountainous area where most family’s major income is from farming. Though there are a number of people in my family, the farmland is actually pretty little. Living in somewhere growing about 1.65 acre of paddy, we experience a hard life but we are happy. In order to support the family and children’s education our parents and my oldest brother have left for the city from home to earn more money. My siblings and I miss our parents and brother very much because they can only get back home in Chinese New Year.

“My grandparents are in their seventies now and are in poor health. In April 2012, the Captivating/Heifer Village Program came to Daxi and my family was chosen to be the first group of villagers who can be part of the program. We used the gift money of¥5000 to buy cattle and piglets. I heard from my uncles that it will sell at a satisfactory price if we raise good pigs. My little sisters walk around the pigsty to watch these pigs every day, expecting them to grow up faster.

“The cow of our family helps plough and it can also produce a calf once a year. My grandpa raises the cow near farming land so as to use the cattle manure to fertilize the plants. My grandmother and aunt take care of the children and raising pigs every day. At the end of the year, we can sell three pigs and still have one left to eat. So yummy and so lucky.  Our life seems to be getting better and better gradually. My study is pretty busy because I am doing my best to prepare for the exam of entering the Junior High School next year. Although it is really tiring, finishing my work greatly after school, I always help my grandma to feed these pigs and babysit my sisters. I hope we can have a good life as soon as possible so that my parents and brother can come back home earlier and our family members can live together happily.

“As part to the program plan, we passed 5,000 RMB of gift money to the next family in July, 2014 from our increased family earnings. I sincerely hope that the next family are able to have the success that we have had. I am grateful for the help of Captivating which leads us to have a totally different life.


Making Her Children Proud

After her divorce, Drolgakyid has to raise her three lovely daughters on her own, as well as face the shame and pressure from her family.


Hope for Her Village

A village director from one of the towns in Western China learned about Captivating and the My First Job Program through one of our program coordinators. She expressed the need for the training to be conducted for the women in her village as people who don't own a land to till are hoping to find another way to support their family.


Living Her Dream

Yangkartso, 17, lives with his brother and mother. Her father died due to an accident at work when she was still a child. Her mother then sought jobs so she could continue supporting them and send them to school. However, when her brother fell ill, their family's financial difficulty increased and she had to drop out of school.


26 Women Ready for their Next Chapter

Thirty women aged 19 to 38 years old started in the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program in May, most of them having limited educational background. But all of them share the same goal, that is, to learn a skill to live on, provide for their children's education, and uplift their family's situation.


New My First Job Program Commenced

On August 3, the third My First Job program this year was launched wherein 30 women were accommodated.


Great Progress among Tailoring Skills Trainees

On May 1, 2021, the three-month Cenovus Tailoring Skills Program for Women in two regions officially began. The trainees have been taking their classes seriously and are helping each other a lot. We are proud to share the progress they have made in the past one and a half months.