Khan Uul

Khan Uul's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Khan Uul (pronounced Con-ool) community is located 46 kilometres from the centre of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital city. Khan Uul is the second-largest of eight districts in Ulaanbaatar, as well as one of its poorest areas. Most families here live in cramped quarters in gers, the traditional Mongolian round felt tent. Basic services are in short supply, which means that families face unhygienic and unsanitary conditions.

Many people in this community relocated from rural areas and cannot afford to register in Ulaanbaatar. As a result they are ineligible for social services and benefits. Almost 40% of families in Khan Uul live in extreme poverty, often on as little as $5 a month, creating challenging conditions for children's healthy development.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1 spiritual leader partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 36 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 5,000 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 723 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1 life skills club is giving children and youth a safe space to develop new things and have fun
  • 234 young people are participating in peace clubs, coming together with peers to build a safer community
  • 264 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 40 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 6 peace clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 64 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 1,020 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 182 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 871 children received psychosocial support to help them work through mental health challenges
  • 28 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 350 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 48 young people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Reduce dropout rates among school-age children.
  • Ensure children have the necessary supplies to succeed in school.
  • Educate community members about the importance of education and increase parents participation in school-related activities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase families access to health centres and health care services.

In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Increase families knowledge about and access to nutritious and healthy meals.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Construct new and repair existing wells to provide families with safe, clean water.
  • Educate community members about safe hygiene and sanitation practices.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Khan Uul can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Establish more diversified income-generating activities to increase family income.
  • Diversify crops and market opportunities in the agricultural sector.
  • Train families on managing household income.

Explore Khan Uul

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Khan Uul

School enrolment in Khan Uul is below the national average, as most families cannot afford the cost of school supplies and uniforms. In addition, parents don't always understand the importance of education, which means children are not encouraged to attend school. Poorly trained teachers, overcrowded classrooms, and a lack of water, toilets, and heating make it especially difficult for children to study.

There are few teachers who are trained to instruct children with disabilities, so they often do not get the necessary support to reach their full potential.

Health Care
Khan Uul has inadequate health services for its population, and health care providers have limited knowledge and skills. The alternative measure of taking a 90-minute bus ride to the city centre for health services is too costly for most families. There are no medical specialists in the area, equipment desperately needs to be upgraded, and tests can be expensive. All these factors negatively affect children's health and wellbeing.

In Khan Uul, extreme poverty means that families rarely receive regular amounts of nutritious food, leaving children vulnerable to malnutrition and disease. A typical diet does not include many vegetables, consisting instead of potatoes and wheat noodles, which lack essential micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Many children in Khan Uul develop anemia (from a lack of iron) and rickets (from a lack of vitamin D). Malnutrition weakens children and makes it difficult for them to study in school.

Water and Sanitation
Children in Khan Uul are exposed to unclean drinking water and poor sanitation. Many families do not have proper toilets. Clean water is available for purchase water, but the cost is often too high for most families. Even where there is centralized water, drinking water still needs to be boiled, but many community members don't know about this practice.

Economic Development
Under Soviet leadership, Khan Uul was an industrial district, but this economic base collapsed after the fall of communism and the breakdown of industrial infrastructure. Community members now lack the skills to find sustainable work, which is already scarce. This has pushed children into the workforce to help their families, where they work as bus assistants, haul coal, or even race horses.

The unemployment rate for working-age people in Khan Uul is 45%. An influx of people from rural areas has heightened the demand for the few existing jobs. It is difficult to travel to the city centre for work, as a bus trip can take 90 minutes each way, and is expensive. A lack of local income-generating activities for parents affects their children's health and educational opportunities.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Khan Uul,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!