Words and colour come to Waku Village

Welcome to Waku village. This village, in remote Western China, has 200 children who are bored and have no motivation to learn. They spend their days gazing out the school windows and when they’re not in school they are busily running around the village or playing where their parents work, which can often be dangerous for the children. Waku village has a history of early school dropout because of boredom and disinterest. The school has no reading books other than regular text books and there isn’t anywhere for the students to spend time together, reading and learning.

Recently, a ray of sunshine came to Waku village. A learning centre was established at the school which included a vast array of books for all ages of students. Tables and chairs and bright pictures were also bought which helped to create a stimulating environment for students to spend time.

Now the village children not only have an open place for learning together but also they have books to read and share after school.

This has also helped the kids with learning difficulties in having a place to learn after school. The children of the village use the reading centre every day and are now excited to learn. They love to read and do their homework in the learning centre after school and they find the colours in the books so motivating and often have to be told to go home when its getting late. This is also providing a safe environment for the children to spend their time rather than at the work-site with their parents. The village parents are saying they are certainly seeing a greater interest in reading and learning in their children.

Thank you to the Nanshan Challenge and the Midnight Charity Race for supporting this project and bringing a bright and nurturing future to the village of Waku.

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.