Yeshe’s Journey To Independence

Congratulations Yeshe – You’re the first Seng Girl to become fully independent. Yeshe was one of the original Seng Girls, and was born in 1993. As a young girl she was always described as being ‘straight as an arrow’ – a quality she still holds to this day. She lived with her parents and 5 siblings (2 boys, 3 girls) in the remote grassland area. Her mother suffered from severe chronic back and body pain and was completely incapable of working. She had seen many doctors and lamas who had no remedy. Her father cared for their herd of 40 yaks, but their income was not enough to support the family and her mother’s medical condition, let alone the education for the children. As the oldest child and being a girl Yeshe was expected to serve her parents and her siblings, cook, do household chores, milk the yaks and collect their dung. Year by year, Yeshe missed out the opportunity of going to school.

aliceIn 2005 the Seng Girls Vocational Training School learned of Yeshe’s situation and accepted her as a boarding student. At the age of 12 her schooling dream finally began. After finishing six years of primary schooling Yeshe came to GuangDong province learning intensive English, Chinese and computer skills. She was industrious and never gave up her dreams. Because of her good English skills Yeshe was offered a wonderful job at Coyote’s, a Shenzhen based Mexican Restaurant, in 2014. Still partly assisted throughout this time on a monthly basis by Captivating and her sponsor, Yeshe recently moved to receiving no financial support and has been successfully caring for her own costs these past several months. We are so excited for her.

Ten years of study has transformed Yeshe to be a confident, well-disciplined and independent young lady. She smiles whenever she thinks about her life. We look at early pictures of Yeshe and then see the sparkling girl in recent photos, and are amazed.

Captivating exists to help children just like Yeshe who, through no fault of their own, are missing out on basic opportunities.

We want to see them have their time in the sun – have a chance to shine and reach out for a better tomorrow. We are so proud of Yeshe and want to give our heartfelt appreciation to her faithful sponsor, Mrs. Sharlene M who had been supporting our SGVTS Captivating child sponsorship program for over six years. Your investment has made a huge difference in your sponsored girls’ life.

Captivating International is partnering with LOVEQTRA – a Qinghai registered organization who established and continue to run the Seng Girls Vocational Training School (SGVTS). We thank all supporters of this project.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.