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)

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.




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

New Journey for 30 Women

Could you imagine using a tape measure effectively if you didn’t know the numbers? Could you imagine using scissors for the first time and coordinating the cut? These are the challenges usually faced by women who have joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women as most of them haven’t been to school. But it doesn’t stop them from working hard and learning all they can.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




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

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

Although life in the countryside is free and happy, economic development here apparently cannot keep up with the rhythm outside, and the cultural gap is tremendous. The financial pressure is increasing every year, and sometimes life gets very difficult and confusing for me. I am Datintso. I am 22, and this is my story.




EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.