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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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.
  • 6,659 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 600 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being    
  • 75 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 1,588 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 1 club is in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 1,588 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication               
  • 327 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 7 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 1,656 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 2,082 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 30 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 901 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 278 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 224 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 686 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 40 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 4 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 500 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 100 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy               

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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.

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.