We thought the world had forgotten about us. Thank you for loving us!

Imagine being 10 years old, orphaned, with no where to go and no one to love you. Your clothes are old and filled with holes and do not protect against the icy winter air but you don’t have money to buy new ones. Now imagine being well in years and sick, with no one to take care of you. You have to fend for yourself, collect fire wood, cook your own food, try to find enough money to buy food and update your clothes when they have fallen apart from wear. This is life for 17 orphans and 16 old people in Josai Village, China.

Josai Orphans (6)Thanks to the generous aid of the Guasso family, these very special people are smiling and their hearts are filled with happiness. 33 sets of new shirts and robes were given out to this very close community. Darcuo [photo on right] is a 79 year old woman living alone after her only child died when she was 6 years old. Darcuo says “I don’t have enough food and I do not have any money to buy clothes. Thank you so much for thinking of us“. The old people told Dejyid [project coordinator] that they feel loved and cared for.

Thank you to the Guasso family for making all this possible. These are the faces of people who thought they were forgotten but because of you, now feel loved and part of a wider family.

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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.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Living and Working with Gratitude

When Yedron learned about the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, she was filled with so much hope and eagerness. She wanted to enter the program with the hopes of learning a new skill and start her own business at home.