A Dream Home, GER for Mongolian Needy Children

by Taiwan Fund for Children and Families Vetted since 2015
Hi, I am Marol
Hi, I am Marol's mother.

Marol is an 11-year-old girl who has 3 brothers and sisters. She has an alcoholic father who has the abusive behavior. In 2014, Marol’s parents were divorced because her mother wanted to protect children from domestic violence. Her family has received the family assistances through TFCF Mongolia branch since 2016 September. As a single parent family, her mother was unable to work and needed the financial support. At the beginning, they lived in a friend’s ger and had to move out finally.

 “Thank you very much for offering to help out with this project. Your donation and support have been tremendously helpful throughout these past months since we had to move out from my friend’s ger. It comes to creating the most stable family life for my children. After my children enrolled in school and started their school days, I also found a job as a bus ticket-seller. My work is mainly on weekends, so I have opportunities to participate in TFCF Mongolia Vocational Training Program. Now I hope I could improve and build better sewing skills, and I could earn more money for my children. I could've never imagined we would have our own Mongolia ger as our home. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for all donors' and TFCF's support to us. I'm so thankful for the good you do not only for us but for many other people as well. Thank you all.”

- Message from Marol’s mother

 

Let's work together to help more families!

I am glad to inform you that the project has progressed well and we have assisted 6 families to build and move into their new home – Mongolia Ger. We would keep finding and linking all social resources for needy families and help improve their living environment in Mongolia. In addition, we also develop Vocational Training Program for parents and help increase their income as soon as possible. We believe that putting resources into improving the lives of the poor families is a good way to help them get out of poverty someday. Thank you for being with us.

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Mongolian ger door
Mongolian ger door
Living area in ger
Living area in ger
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner
A glance at the ger corner

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New ger for Odongoo and her family
New ger for Odongoo and her family

Odongoo is a 11-year-old girl who has 4 brothers and sisters. Her family has received the family assistances through TFCF Mongolia branch service since 2014. As a nomadic herder family, they had low incomes and lived in remote rural areas. Their life became harder after her father suffered a sudden and massive stroke in 2014.

“We lived in an old and shabby Mongolia ger until last year. My mom said that our ger was too cold to stay and we were unable to repair my childhood home. Then, we had to move to our relative's house. However, most of us were getting sick because the house was pretty old and crowded with too many people. In the beginning of this year, my mom told me that TFCF was going to help purchase a new ger for my family soon. It was all so exciting and it was just so difficult to wait. Finally, they made it! We moved into our new home before Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian Lunar New Year) and enjoyed our new year with my family. Actually, we all are healthier and happier than before.

We are very grateful to you and TFCF Mongolia for all the help you have given us. I love our new home and I know you have done so much for us. When I grow up, I want to help and support needy people, too.”

- Message from Odongoo, the project beneficiary

** Odongoo is the fake name due to the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

Mongolian Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar)

Mongolians traditionally celebrate Tsagaan Sar, the new years feast. We tried very hard to find the resources and deliver the new Ger to Odongoo’s family before the early of February. We were so happy to see their lives changed.

In 2018, all of needy families face economic difficulties more than before when Mongolia CPI keeps increasing yearly. We have to be more careful to evaluate the needs and situations of family assistance, and ensure we can have the right priority to serve the most disadvantaged children and families. We are looking forward to receiving more resources and donations from people and hope you could stay with us and help more Mongolian children to improve their lives with a new and warm home.

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Our new home!
Our new home!
Not cold in the winter
Not cold in the winter
My two brothers
My two brothers
I love TV.
I love TV.
My dear mom stood in front of our new ger.
My dear mom stood in front of our new ger.

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New ger for Ariunchimeg and her 10 family members
New ger for Ariunchimeg and her 10 family members

Ariunchimeg, a 14-year-old girl, and her family have received the family assistances through TFCF Mongolia branch service since 2015. Her biological father died in an accident in 2010 and her mother remarried in 2011. Currently, she has 8 brothers and sisters, and four of them are uterine siblings.

“When I visited Ariunchimeg last year, I saw their difficulties. This low-income family was struggling the problem to find affordable housing. Considering the right to education and housing for children, I believe that our project could help protect children’s rights. It would change the living conditions for Ariunchimeg and her siblings and play in improving outcomes for children. Therefore, TFCF Mongolia invited the Ariunchimeg’s family to participate in our project and moved into the new ger by the end of 2017.I am very thankful for the project which definitely helps alleviate disadvantaged children's burden and live safely in Mongolia.”

- Message from TFCF Mongolia social worker

** Ariunchimeg is the fake name due to the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

New Ger & New Beginning!

As of December 2017, this project has provided 5 gers and replacements of furniture and ger parts to enable 5 households to have their own living space. All of families are assisted by TFCF Mongolia. Our social workers perceived children’s living needs during the site visit and we would engage more resources and supporters for needy families continuously. According to our finding, there are 15 households who also have the demand of gers and are waiting for the assistances urgently. We found that the number of families with substandard dwellings and housing affordability problems is getting more and more in Mongolia and it encourages us to keep moving this project forward. Please help spread the words of our project and we need more people like you to support children and families in the cold Mongolia and give them a warm and safe home.

Happy New Year 2018~

In the past year, thank you very much for your support to us and I hope you recognize the value of our services for needy children and families. The Lunar New Year is coming soon, we look forward to continuing to provide children and families with the most valuable services available through TFCF branches. We want to thank you all for your tremendous support last year. Our work would not be possible without you.

I wish you and your family a joyful, healthy and prosperous new year ahead!

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

A 10 year-old kid taking care a 2 year-old baby
A 10 year-old kid taking care a 2 year-old baby
New ger, new home!
New ger, new home!
Ariunchimeg
Ariunchimeg's new home!

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Moving home-MunkhjargalKhulan first from the left
Moving home-MunkhjargalKhulan first from the left

MunkhjargalKhulan, a 13-year-old girl in the 7th grade, was sponsored through TFCF Mongolia branch service. She has an absent father who has left family since years ago. He was a drunk, violent and abusive father. Her mother had to work hard to raise 5 children alone when MunkhjargalKhulan was only 4 years old.

“I am so happy that our life has become more stable while receiving the financial assistance from TFCF Mongolia since May 2009. My mom died of breast cancer on August 2016, and all things changed and got worse suddenly. We moved to my eldest brother’s father-in-law’s house afterwards. However, we had a poor care and were thrown out of his house sometimes by his father-in-law. Besides, my health was not that good and I really had a bad time at that house.

This year, TFCF social workers visited us and found our situation. They decided to get involved and help change the housing problem. The social worker found my uncle and asked him to take care of us firstly. TFCF Mongolia gave us the greatest support and helped us move into a new ger on this October. I am full of gratitude to TFCF Mongolia for helping me have a home now! Even my uncle met an accident and got so badly hurt months ago, I am still grateful that I can live together with my family.”

- Message from MunkhjargalKhulan

** MunkhjargalKhulan is the fake name due to the privacy and safety of individuals is respected.

 

Project Kickoff

Our project is in full swing and everything has started and there is a lot of work to move on. There are three families receiving assistances from TFCF Mongolia. We’ve provided three Mongolian Gers including beds/mattresses and fireplaces etc. We always see the needs of poor children and families from our visits and will continue to find more resources for them. We are grateful to have your support and donation to our project, and we are unable to give children a home without your participation. The winter is coming soon and let’s move faster to give needy children a warm home!

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Thank you and wish you all the best.

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Our new ger!
Our new ger!
We have a home!
We have a home!

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Shurenchimeg, standing first from right
Shurenchimeg, standing first from right

In 2014, Shurenchimeg was a 16 years old girl and sponsored through TFCF Mongolia branch service. She has an absent father who left family since years ago. Her mother has poor health and was unable to work normally due to the low level of education and skills. In order to earn more money, she was a scavenger and collected glass bottles thrown at pubs in the mid-night. However, Shurenchimeg’s mother was unable tofind a way out of poverty.

“After the visit, our social worker found that their ger (the Mongolian word for yurt) was leaning so heavily and it looked like a condemned yurt not suitable for any kind of habitation. The mother understood that it was very dangerous to live in, but they had no choice at all. Finally, volunteers were successfully recruited, and the donations from Taiwanese helped Shurenchimeg’s family build a new ger they can call home.”

- Message from the Representative of TFCF Mongolia

** Shurenchimeg is the short name due to the privacy and safety of individuals is respected. 

 

Poverty in Mongolia

In Mongolia, 21.6% of the population lives below the national poverty line. TFCF Mongolia has provided welfare service since March 2005. Even the sponsorship program helps children and families in Mongolia, however, we know that there are many families facing the same situation as Shurenchimeg’s family. According to our services record, there were around 10 households needed ger/furniture/curtain repair or replacement services during the first half of 2017 and we expect to see the increase in the volume of households who need a safe ger/yurt to overcome the cold in the coming winter. We are looking forward to seeing your participation and let’s help needy families in Mogolia through the Ger Project.

 

TFCF new projects in GlobalGiving

In addition to serve more needy children in the world, we have launched 3 more GlobalGiving projects in Vietnam, Swaziland, and Cambodia through the services our overseas branch offices provide. Definitely, we cannot do it without your support. We sincerely invite you to participate with us again and expect to be your trustable partner to maximize the benefits of needy children in these countries. Welcome to review our projects and join us to bring more assistances for disadvantaged children together. It’s great to have you with us. Thank you and wish you all the best.

With gratitude,

Wen Hung

Damaged ger outer cover
Damaged ger outer cover
Damaged ger roof
Damaged ger roof
Ger without bed
Ger without bed
Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar's ger districts
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Ger re-built
Volunteers & Shurenchimeg
Volunteers & Shurenchimeg's family and the new ger

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Taiwan Fund for Children and Families

Location: Taichung - Taiwan
Website: http:/​/​www.ccf.org.tw/​
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Project Leader:
Wen Hung
Taichung, Taiwan

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