The Wheels of Eden

by Cyndi Gummin (Project Eden)

This month, we’ve decided to give you a slightly different look at an important part of our life here at Eden – the wheels that help us get around!  In the early years, our wheels came in two pairs – our two 150cc motorcycles, or if we needed to go further than the immediate neighborhood, we used the wheels attached to the public bus.

Life got a lot more convenient for all of us (except for Dale, our only licensed driver) when Midi joined our family in August, 2011.  We found her in a massive second-hand car market, and knew at once she was perfect for us:  she had a sturdy body, her interior was not too fastidious to haul veggies or furniture, and besides that, she was cute!

Midi has more than proved her worth over the last 5 years as she has faithfully taken staff on their many errands or to meetings in other cities, gone on bi-weekly market runs (we are buying for 20+ people), met visitors at the train/bus stations, hauled maintenance supplies, carried students to the doctor or transported them to school on heavy-rain days. The girls often express their affection by drawing hearts and smiley-faces on Midi’s back windows (sometimes they will even give her a bath).

Midi CollageWhether the journey is near or far, she and we are always immensely thankful for a safe return home.  The streets here in China are highly stressful to navigate, with cars cutting in, running red-lights and flying the wrong-way down one-way streets; motorcycles weaving among traffic or shooting across intersections at will; and pedestrians who cross streets while texting, or just amble along in the lane of traffic. We do not take the protection which has been given to us lightly! We are also very grateful to the man behind the wheel, who in addition to everything else he does, bears the stress and fatigue of driving here, choosing to serve and love us in this very non-glamorous way.

 

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.