Thank you to 3 incredible people!

-by Dale & Cyndi (Project Eden)

This month we want to recognize the very special and dedicated teachers who help to make Eden such a loving place for students to grow in skills and confidence.

dorcasEvery day, Alex and Dorcas are in the classroom, teaching math & geography, and Chinese language, literature and history.  However, their lessons on life skills, personal responsibility, and caring for others permeate their attitudes and activities outside the classroom:  in the kitchen as the girls take turns helping them with meal preparation, in the house as they monitor cleaning chores and hygiene, and over meals as they sit and chat with students.  Though we try to protect their “off” time in the evenings, they are constantly being called on to answer someone’s homework questions, or check someone’s earache or fever, or run some errand.  Never once have we seen them respond with anything except a ready smile and constant patience.

michelleMichelle volunteers her time two mornings a week to teach English to our on-site students.  The girls enjoy taking the bus on their own to her home (we’re pretty sure they slip in a little snack-shopping on the way), and playing with her little girls during class breaks.  Michelle skillfully combines affirmation and challenge as she encourages the girls to step out of their comfort zones in using their English and presentation skills, and we love hearing updates from her on their progress.

We are so thankful for the depth and dedication of these dear people, and for their generosity in sharing, not just their time and talents, but their love and lives with the girls and with us.

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.