Treasure and Appreciation of Christmas time

This month at Project Eden has been filled with exciting activities as well as some local outings. As you may know, Andrew, Julie and Tyler Colquhoun have moved back to Australia, but before they left we had a wonderful visit with them. After lunch, the girls spent the afternoon playing games and singing songs with their “little brother” Tyler. We love that our girls have a relationship with the founders of Captivating and that they are learning not only who but how they are being provided an education.

A large part of what the staff tries to impart to the girls is the idea of not only receiving but also learning how to give back. A way that we have seen this impartation grow is through their diligence at school. The girls desire to be the best students that they can be, whether that means waking early to study, seeking a more advanced friend to help them or simply by being an attentive, active participant in class. We believe that the girls realize that this is not an opportunity to be taken for granted and are not allowing it to go to waste. One thing that the Project Eden staff has been impressed with this year is the girl’s ability to take care of their home with little reminding necessary, as well as being proactive in finding solutions to little problems that arise. We are seeing these young women blossom into women who can problem solve, make decisions and begin the journey to independent living. We are very thankful to have others come alongside the staff in making our girls feel loved.

A few weeks ago, our students and staff were invited to a lovely event hosted by the generous Sofitel Dongguan Royal Lagoon Hotel. Joining two other local charities, our students were given Christmas presents and were treated to a delicious lunch buffet. We are very grateful for the hearts of those who desire to give back and make the holidays special for our students and our staff.

Mid December certainly started to look a lot like Christmas around here, as the girls enjoyed decorating the house and for most of them decorating their very first Christmas tree. A dear friend who lives nearby offered for us to come and bake cookies in her home.  The girls spent the afternoon learning how to bake some delicious shortbread cookies. Many of them commented that they love learning to make Western food and also enjoy learning about a different culture. We love having opportunities exposing the girls to these different activities.

We were also very blessed to have a team from the store in Dongguan, Treasures of Hope, visit with us. Treasures of Hope helps to sponsor Project Eden by selling overstock from factories in their store. The proceeds go directly to four local charities and we are honored to have been selected as one of them. The generous staff from Treasures of Hope have hearts that desire to help our students to reach their full potential, as well as make them feel special. Each girl received a Christmas present and we enjoyed sipping hot cocoa and eating some treats together. Christmas morning was very special, as we ate a traditional American breakfast cooked by the staff and took turns around the tree opening our gifts.

Our hearts are truly overflowing with gratefulness to the people who help to make an ordinary day, a special day. As much as the girls have been given this time of year they often tell us that they are truly most appreciative of the love that they feel around them.

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.