“Thanks Captivating” – Kaili Village Development brings hope to more families

By Francine Zhang (Village Development Project Manager)

Yang Sheng Cai and his wife live in Duoji village. Their only son is married and has two sons. Yang’s son and his wife moved to town in order to look after their elder son who studies at Kaili City Middle School. The younger son stays with Yang and his wife and is studying in Daxi primary school. Although Yang is a farmer the family has only a little land to rely on. The ageing couple don’t want to be a burden for their son. When the Captivating/Heifer China program found Yang, he was making wooden basins and bird cages to earn extra money. This was never enough to efficiently support his family.

Yang Sheng Cai (2)The Captivating Village Development team (in partnership with Heifer China and local government departments) helped Yang Sheng Cai purchase two pigs and two cows. Through various training programs Yang learned the latest herding skills, disease prevention, marketing awareness and how to best manage his animals. Yang said these practical techniques have been essential to save time and effort and reduces stress for him and his animals. He is very happy. Each year one cow gives birth to a new baby calf. It grows to at least 1,500 kilos in one year, which has a market value of around RMB 15,000 (US$2,300). Happy days!

Life is changing for Yang and his family. Recently, Yang was able to purchase a refrigerator and other needs that his family simply couldn’t afford previously. Yang is really grateful for the assistance from the Captivating Village Development project. He is hoping that the herding business continues to go well then he can expand the scale of his business and earn more money.

Heifer LogoYang Sheng Cai and his wife have repaid their program loan enabling another family to now benefit from this program. None of this would be possible if not for our dedicated financial supporters who have been part of this program since it began in 2012. As we near the completion of this project, our minds move on to what’s next and we look forward to contacting you all soon. For more details about this work, contact andrewc@captivating.org. 

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

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

Determination to Support Her Family

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CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

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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.