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 | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Great Progress among Tailoring Skills Trainees

On May 1, 2021, the three-month Cenovus Tailoring Skills Program for Women in two regions officially began. The trainees have been taking their classes seriously and are helping each other a lot. We are proud to share the progress they have made in the past one and a half months.




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

My First Job Trainees Succeeds through Midterm Evaluation

The first My First Job Assistant Chef Program of 2021 for women in agricultural and pastoral areas in Qinghai Province officially opened in May 1. With the support and cooperation of teachers and local coordinators, the training has been going smoothly. Each of the women has her own learning style and pace, but everyone strives to improve each day. After one and a half months of training and practice, the women have learned 16 dishes in total. 

On June 14, the midterm evaluation for the trainees was conducted.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Strong Woman for Her Family

"I've never been to school due to our family's financial condition. Because of this, it's very difficult for me to find a stable job. My family depends on me that's why I need to be strong."




CAPTIVATING’S ONE MORE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM | CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS

Strong Will to Study

Despite her good grades, it was still unlikely for Lhamo to proceed to college. Her mother had difficulty sending her to school so she decided to stay at home and help out with the household chores. 




CHINA | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Memorable Encounter between Trainees and Program Partner

My First Job Assistant Chef Program for 30 women officially starts today. These women, along with the program coordinator and Captivating staff, were also very happy to meet the six representatives from our program partner, Zuru.




CHINA | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Getting ready to learn an employable skill

30 underprivileged women in rural Western China are getting excited about their opportunity to attend the next My First Job Assistant Chef Training Program. This successful program will see them move from being "furthest from employment" to earning stable incomes - many for the first time in their lives.