Azzaya at the tower where she works.
Former sponsored child Azzaya from Mongolia persevered and reached higher to get her education
Light snow comes down
on a cold October day in Mongolia
. Azzaya Purevsuren is taking her lunch break outside the skyscraper where she works. Her jeans and jacket are speckled with paint, proof that she spent her morning inside painting office rooms. The tower is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015, when temperatures get warmer. The 20-year-old started working there after she finished college courses in 2013. She says the work can be tiring, but her attention to detail makes it easier.
That Azzaya prizes details suits someone who studied interior design. “I like to decorate rooms and make them pretty,” she says. Though she completed her schooling, she hopes to go back to college to get a master’s in interior design. She then plans to start her own design business that will let her exercise the creativity her current job doesn’t allow for. Right now, it’s about following guidelines.
Before the tower, Azzaya had a different tall order to overcome. Her mother passed away in 2004 when Azzaya was 10 years old. Her father was not living with her, her two sisters and her brother. Azzaya’s eldest sister was the only one at home who had a job and the family was struggling to get by. Azzaya missed her mother.
She had many reasons to succumb to the pressure of dropping out of school to get a job, which would not be unheard of in her country. But they lived in the Chingeltei community
, where Canadians had started to sponsor children.
Azzaya became sponsored. “Sponsorship helped,” she says. At first, the help was in the form of food relief. Sponsorship also gave Azzaya incentive and encouragement to continue in school, to get the education that would better her future and lead her to the tower she works in.
The light snow hasn’t settled; it’s still coming down. Lunch break is over and Azzaya goes back inside to finish her workday. She knows that she’s already scaled taller skyscrapers than the one she paints and she knows there are more heights for her to reach.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Childview Plus.