by Francine Zhang [Captivating Child Sponsorship Coordinator]
This month [July 2017], three girls from Project Eden who have been studying at the School of Electronics and Technology of Dongguan, have finished all their school-based courses and will be starting a one-year internship after this summer on-track to graduate in June 2018. Through the Captivating Project Eden schooling program, we have been thrilled to see their growth and development over the years thanks to lots of hard work by them, as well as amazing support from the team at Project Eden. Our thanks to their dedicated sponsors and supporters, and of course Dockpo and the SGVTS team where the girls first got their chance at a new life several years ago now. Our thanks also to the additional monthly support of all the girls at Project Eden provided by Aaron and the team at Treasures of Hope Dongguan. We hope you enjoy Dechen’s story:
My name is Dechen Tso. My major is Electronic Commerce. Time really flies and after finishing two years of leaning I’m about to start my last year as an intern. Leaving school made me feel a bit lost but also full of curiosity and excitement toward to the new step of my life. I remember when I first came to the school, I was an ignorant girl. During the past two years of study, I’ve learned a lot about senior office software, business English, Photoshop, Art Shop, shop visual marketing, online promotion, network business professionals, cross-border electricity business and so on.
In the first year of our time here at Eden, we were well provided and had no concept of money. In the second year, as well as our studies, we spent some time doing part-time jobs to pay for our living expenses. It’s not really easy to make money and we are grateful for having this opportunity to know this and now we understand the value of money.
I met many friends, also got to know a lot of classmates in school. I appreciate their kindness and tolerance and help to me. I am very happy in my life time being with them for two years. I am really excited about the internship I am going to face now after my two years of vocational study of laying the foundation. The past two years of learning skills and gaining knowledge has equipped me to embrace many challenges in the future. I will overcome the difficulties with strength and enthusiasm and gain experience from it while enriching myself. I realize the value of my life. I will try my best to lighten the burden of my family and repay my mother’s upbringing.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Ray & Elaine for sponsoring Dechen Tso. Sponsoring a girl gives her a quality education that provides her with a future she would have never dreamed of. Girls like Dechen Tso have not only learned skills in a vocation but have also learned the value of working hard and that, when given the opportunity, they can spread their wings and fly.
If you are reading this story, and feel moved to help a girl just like Dechen, please contact us. We have over 70 girls waiting for their opportunity to get back into school and progress safely into their first job. Your sponsorship (starting from US$40 a month) will make this possible – it will transform them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our SPONSOR A GIRL page.
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