Zavkhankhangai's Community News

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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
  • 505  members of children's and youth groups know where to turn to report abuse or exploitation, reducing violence toward children.
  • 840  community members took part in an advocacy meetings about child protection issues, working to improve the safety of girls and boys.
  • 8 schools and institutions have a child protection policy in place
  • 3 local child protection teams were established and functional, and have implemented action plans
  • 5 vulnerable people were referred to treatment programs
  • 6 child protection promotion activities were initiated by children
  • 526 the most vulnerable children and their households were monitored through home visits
  • 1410  parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 3  joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
Community Development
  • 3 community-driven advocacy activities were organized
  • 35 reading materials are now available for children in structured learning environments
  • 9712  adults and children attended training on what to do during a disaster or emergency, preparing them to help themselves and others in times of crisis.
  • 10 community members were involved in implementing spiritual nurture for children's activities, projects or programs
  • 3  local communities with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 347  adults learned better ways to collectively produce, harvest or process the products they sell, helping them earn more to support their children.
  • 440  farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 304  women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 60  families started a small business, so more girls and boys can have their basic needs met by an increase in their family's income.
  • 9  new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 297  women and men learned how to operate a business, providing them with skills to be an entrepreneur and earn an income to better support their children.
  • 8  community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

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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.