Two Eden boys take up employment

Since Chinese New Year, two of the older boys at Eden (Chuan Long and Kai Tao) have begun full-time employment, arranged by friends of Captivating who own local businesses. One is working in a kitchen, the other in a convenience store – both in large local factories. Though this is a huge step for the two boys, and for the folks at Eden who have cared for them for many years, there is comfort in knowing these friends are looking out for the young men in their new environment.  Eden staff also keep in contact with them by phone and visits to their workplace, and they are happy to “come home’ to Eden on their two days off per month.

Their lives have changed in many ways from the initial disadvantaged situations from which they were brought into care. It is so wonderful to see how, through education and thoughtful, loving care given, they have grown into fine young adults.  This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for their dedicated sponsors who have financially supported them for over 5 years.  This is what our work is all about – seeing kids rescued from difficult (impossible) circumstances and given a chance to dream.  We wish them every success as they make their first steps towards providing for themselves and becoming young independent adults.

(pictured: Left: Kai Tao when he first started receiving care over 5 years ago .  Middle: Kai Tao and Chuang Long (left of photo) in a recent photo with their “brothers” from Eden.  Right: Chuang Long when he first came us 4 years ago).

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.