Thank you Shenzhen!

As the dust settles on our 10th Annual Captivating Charity Auction, we are left with nothing but gratitude and praise for the amazing community we are lucky to be surrounded by. Shenzhen, you were amazing.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support of our 10th year in China. Saturday night, 13th October, will be remembered by us as for a long time – a night of grace, emotion, laughter, excitement, astonishment and exceeding generosity. Together, you raised RMB1.4million, helping Captivating in partnership with the Shenzhen Charity Federation, Shamtse Charity and LOVEQTRA, to seal the deal on impacting the lives of close to 1,000 girls this calendar year. SHENZHEN, YOU DID IT. 

Having set an aggressive aim of raising RMB1.5 millions, we only dreamed we could get this close. In the process, over the coming 12 months (some starting within a matter of weeks):

100 single moms will start with own pig business

100 families will own their own greenhouse

400 children will be more secure in their schooling

427 women will attend health training

46 girls will start vocational schooling

80 girls will continue to be supported at the Seng Girls Home.

To all of our event organizers, our precious and beloved auction committee and 180 volunteersour amazing school communityour incredible entertainers (wow), the many companies who donated goods for auction, awesome MCs (go Tyler & Simon) and auctioneer, our incredibly generous corporate sponsors, and of course close to 600 guests  – THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.  We can’t believe how fortunate we are to have your support.

We look forward to updating you over the coming year on how these projects go. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and regular project updates.

As I sign off I have one last thank-you.  To our AMAZING team at the Shenzhen Captivating office. Your commitment, efficiency, event management and problem solving skills are, as one key sponsor described it, “a well oiled machine“. You can feel SO PROUD of all you have achieved for the girls who cross our Captivating path. I know I speak on behalf of Julie, Lynn Velez, and our board when I say how blessed we are to have such a team. We believe that the 10th Annual Charity Auction was OUR BEST EVER.  Well done. Congratulations. Thanks for capping of 10 years in style.

Bring on number 11. We hope you enjoy of event gallery of special auction moments.

Andrew Colquhoun
Co-Founder & CEO
CAPTIVATING INTERNATIONAL

Captivating Gala 2018 – Photo Gallery

 

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.