The Joy of the Season at Eden

All was fun and festive at Eden for the holidays! When one or two of the girls catch a case of the “sillies,” it’s very contagious and quick to infect the whole group with giggles and mischief. In mid-December on a Sunday afternoon, a local factory owner donated a big beautiful cake with a thick layer of fluffy frosting. The girls had been studying diligently all afternoon and were ready for some fun after dinner. During the cake cutting, a finger full of frosting found its way onto someone’s face (pictured 2). After a moment’s surprise, the idea caught on. As pieces of cake were passed around, fingers went swiping into the frosting and the girls did a thorough job of making sure everybody’s face became streaked with white. Amid squeals and laughter, and running to dodge the ones armed with ammunition, no one was left un-marked (pictured 3).

Later that week, we dragged out artificial Christmas trees to set up and decorate outside the door of each house, and spent hours cutting out paper snowflakes to adorn the windows. For another holiday flair, we made several different types of Christmas cookies for everyone’s tasting pleasure. Susan, the youngest girl, had fun learning how to make gingerbread men (pictured 4). And possibly the most fun of all was watching the girls open the generously donated Christmas gifts they received. The room was filled with ooohs and aaahs and excited voices as the girls made a grand mess of colored paper while inspecting their new things, from beautiful warm coats to toys and candy (pictured 1). Though I’m used to a traditional Christmas in Colorado, the usual excitement of the season was replaced this year by the joy and blessing of seeing the happiness of these delightful girls. With their New Year’s holiday now here, we’re sure there are more adventures on the way!

(this update was written by Sarah – resident Project Eden volunteer and professional cream cake thrower, pictured in 3 above)

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.




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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.