Our Charity Work
Since, there are many social issues in Meg’s country, including poverty and disability, Meg wanted to use her business as a way of contributing to her community to make positive change. In Mongolia many people are living in poverty on the streets collecting empty bottles and cans, just trying to make enough money to survive, struggling as single parents whose children may be without food for several days. Those children who are disabled or abandoned rely on the generosity of others to supplement what the government can provide.
Meg began by volunteering at the state run orphanage, it made her sad to see many young children without a home or family. Meg hopes these children are adopted before they begin to have childhood memories. Meg enjoys seeing them happy when they receive small gifts. However, without their parents it is apparent that there is sadness in the children’s eyes.
Meg undertook research on different charities in Mongolia, mostly involving children and single parents. As a result of the research she has instigated different activities in the past few years including: Donations for the State Orphanage, supplying wheelchairs, donations for single parents, human rights, and the Association of Parents with disabled children. Meg’s family did a volunteering in Malawi, Africa. Meg loves to think of it as only the beginning of her work and is expanding her activities every year where possible.
How you can help
By choosing Meg’s Adventure Tours in Mongolia, you are already helping local communities in need in Mongolia. A portion of the profits from the company goes to local projects such as these [link to community projects?].
Alternatively, if you wish to contribute to community projects directly through this website, you may donate safely and securely (see link etc). Even small donations make a huge difference.
Donations can include:
Or you can email us to find out what items are currently needed. Please fully pay all postage before mailing items [link to donations to a local charity of your choice].
Please join us in 2016 for an unforgettable taste of Mongolian culture while making a great contribution to the world.
Travel that changes lives
Meg met a lovely family while travelling in Central Mongolia whose oldest 19 year old son Bayaraa* was half paralysed from the age of two due to medical treatment. His wheelchair was broken and he had to crawl around. The Mongolian government gives disabled people low cost wheelchairs every 5 years. Bayaraa’s wheelchair had already been broken for 2 years. Finally, thanks to the help of Meg’s clients, she managed to buy him a wheelchair with funding from the profit made on Meg’s Adventure tours. Probably due to his disability and loss of confidence Bayaraa was very timid. With Meg’s encouragement and with time, he gained confidence and his ability to mix with others. He’s certainly not shy anymore !
Enkhtur has hydrocephalus (water on the brain) since he was 8 years old, which has caused him to loose his vision and his ability to walk, but his brain works just fine. Meg met him in the hospice and she decided to purchase a wheelchair for Enkhtur, as he had none. He is a very smart and special boy with lots of potential. Doctors said that he will only live for 3 to 4 more years even if he is well cared for and loved which is very sad as life can be very unfair for some people. Meg is very happy that she was able to provided another wheelchair from her work for the young charming boy and improve the quality of his life.
The Association of Parents with Disabled Children (APDC) is a network of parents in Mongolia and founded in 2000 through the grass-roots efforts of parents. The association works to protect the rights of children with disabilities and encourages their development and integration into mainstream society.
Inspire Mongolia started supporting the association and parents by providing new equipment for the children. This includes a purpose built chair to assist children with Cerebral Palsy improve their sitting ability. In the future Meg aims to buy more equipment and to help as much as she can to support the hard working, strong parents who care for their children in both the countryside and town locations with APDC.
As Mongolia continues to develop, so too does our awareness of pressing social issues. There exists a dire need to support children with disabilities, especially those located in the rural areas. The Association of Parents with Disabled Children (APDC) is a national organization. They are one of the leading organizations working to provide these children with resources and an education to prepare them for their futures. Their centre in Bayan-Ulgii provides opportunities for therapy and education for the children of the surrounding area. A portion of the profits from our trips to Bayan-Ulgii are donated to the local APDC centre to help provide funding for educational materials, such as stationary and books. This past summer’s trip enabled us to make a donation of $200 and notebooks for the students!