The project was set up to provide poor families in Qinghai Province with their own greenhouses. In certain rural villages within this part of
This limited income makes it hard for families to afford basic necessities and healthcare. Parents here also struggle to send their children to school, preventing them from getting a good education and attaining higher paying jobs.
The Greenhouse Project is managed by Captivating’s Bason Lhamo and is partnered with
Not only does a greenhouse enable a family to cultivate fresh produce for their own table
In addition to receiving a greenhouse, families are trained on how to grow quality vegetables, and taught about pesticide-free pest control and growing organic produce for the market.
Beyond that, the Greenhouse Project is just a fantastic way of bringing communities and families together. We hear that local kids get involved in the building, helping their parents to lay the bricks for their own greenhouse!
Our partnership with Captivating first started in 2013 when we supported the charity’s second annual Kidz With Heart Mini Olympics. Two years later, the Greenhouse Project commenced, with funding from GPA. We have continued to fund 50% of the project since 2015, matching donations to ensure that as many families can benefit from the initiative.
The following is a rundown of how many people have benefitted from the project each year since it began:
• 2015: 43 families and an estimated 86 children
• 2016: 84 families and an estimated 168 children
• 2017: 159 families and an estimated 318 children
• 2018: 130 families and an estimated 260 children
This year, funding for a further 111 families and 222 children has been secured, although the greenhouses themselves are yet to be constructed.
In total, 527 families and over 1,000 children have benefitted from the Greenhouse Project, allowing them to live better and more financially secure lives.
Since the GPA Global team committed to funding the project in 2015 we’ve been receiving regular updates on its progress.
Families who have received their greenhouses have already begun to report excellent results. The crops yielded from these greenhouses have netted participating families profits of 4,000-5,000CNY per year (600-750USD).
The project has particularly led to
With each year that the project continues, we are learning more and more about how to implement these greenhouses efficiently and on budget – in short, things are only getting better!
Captivating International is a Hong Kong-based charity committed to helping children and families who have become trapped in
Started by Andrew and Julie Colquhoun in 2006, the charity initially focused on poverty and inequality in China, but soon expanded to cover Kenya, Nepal and the Philippines.
Captivating’s three focus areas are:
1. Educating girls
2. Ending poverty
3. Stopping human trafficking
We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with such a fantastic charity, and to have supported a project that is already having a tangible effect upon the lives of hundreds of men, women and children.
Visit the Captivating International website to find out more about the vital work they do.
We are tremendously proud of the success of the Greenhouse Project, and we will continue to fund the initiative for as long as it benefits families in need – but we need your help to do so.
For every donation you make to the Greenhouse Project, GPA will donate the same amount.
It’s our goal to fund 200 more Greenhouses, and the only way we can do that is with the help of people just like you!
Click here and you can fund an entire greenhouse by donating just 500USD. You’ll receive a full implementation report on how your greenhouse was constructed, and updates on how the recipient families have benefitted.