Zavkhankhangai'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 Zavkhankhangai community is located in western Mongolia, about 1,060 km from Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. The climate in this hilly territory is extremely harsh, with hot summers and very cold winters. There are many rivers and lakes, and paved roads are scarce. Most people live in homes called gers, which are traditional Mongolian tents made of felt.

The unemployment rate is high and poverty is chronic. Livestock is the mainstay of the economy, but the economic repercussions of two consecutive severe snowstorms several years ago, in which more than 1 million stock animals died, are still being felt. Families who depend on livestock often find it difficult to make ends meet because of the extreme weather and lack of infrastructure. The loss of income since two years ago has forced many people to migrate to the cities to look for work.
Child Protection
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 2,211 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 34 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 870 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 22 peace clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 302 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 581 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 6 clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 600 young people are participating in peace clubs, coming together with peers to build a safer community
  • 200 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 530 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 131 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 23 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 247 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 25 young people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 43 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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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 Zavkhankhangai

Local schools and kindergartens, most of which are 30 years old, are made of wood and are deteriorating quickly. Insufficient classroom space means that children struggle to learn in difficult conditions, with as many as three children sometimes sharing one desk. Illiteracy and dropout rates are higher than the national average.

Health Care
The Zavkhankhangai community is limited in its ability to provide health care to children and families. This is primarily because of inadequate health education and a lack of access to health care facilities. In general, hospital infrastructure is inadequate and the standard of health care is poor. This is partly due to a lack of medical professionals, most of whom lack proper training.

Few families have received training in the basics of nutrition, and as a result, children are very susceptible to malnutrition. The lack of health education also contributes to high rates of maternal and infant mortality, as well as sexually transmitted infections like hepatitis.

Water and Sanitation
Families in Zavkhankhangai lack access to proper sanitation facilities, and general knowledge about and practice of good hygiene behaviours is lacking.

Economic Development
There are limited income-generating opportunities in Zavkhankhangai. Most families work in livestock husbandry and small crop farming, which are the main sources of income. The average income is $20 per person per month, but 4,370 households in the community live on less than this.

The lack of income and access to financial services often forces people to resort to borrowing money from relatives or moneylenders. They can make just enough money to pay off those debts in summer when more manual work is available, but there is often no money left to pay for essentials such as nutritious food and proper health care.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Zavkhankhangai,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.