Thank you world.... We've reached 50,000,000 MNT!!!
For those of you not conversant with Mongolian money, that is pretty close to $40,000.00 CAD and a little less than half of the total amount this phase of the project is going to require!!! Yes, for those of you out there paying attention to the details, we have had to increase the budget slightly as the new roof for the on-site house turned into a whole house remake and we have decided to buy a shipping container for coal / wood / meat and food in for the winter.... all of that to come in our project update blog in the next few days. For the moment, let's focus on how this amazing accomplishment has come about!
To begin, we would like to say, sincerely, thank you so much.
We are in awe of all of you who are helping to make this possible - and there are a LOT of you -so we thought we would share a little bit about how this is all coming together and to introduce you to ( and thank!) those of you who are working so hard to help bring the project to life.
Firstly we have been fortunate enough to receive a wonderfully generous donation from Maxam Explosives, an excellent corporate citizen who very clearly takes their social responsibility seriously! They came up to the site for a visit and, having seen what it is that we're doing and the people we're helping they were very keen to help out. Their donation alone is buying one of the gers that will form part of the centre!
Thank you Maxam! Your generosity is going a long way to make sure that the kids up at the dump will have a safe, warm place in the coming winter months!
We have also had some local expats who have gone way beyond the call of duty to organize weekly donations and incite competition from the team of folks working down at Oyu Tolgoi which has resulted in donations in excess of 10,000,000 MNT!!.
These guys also picked up the ball and ran with it ( and are still running with it!) with regards to our most recent fundraising event... Movember....
Movember..in which a lot of people paid a lot of money to see Chelvan clean shaven! Thank you for that by the way - I had never seen ( and didn't expect ever to see!) his upper lip- quite a feat for a 30 plus year relationship! Movember is turning out to be a a huge success! We have raised over 13 million tugriks from Movember alone and the money from that is still coming in- and volunteers down at Oyu Tolgoi site continue to exert lots of pressure to make sure that the largest possible contribution will be forthcoming!!
And then there are the lovely people around the globe who are hosting a whole raft of innovative fundraisers for us! Here in UB we have been so fortunate to have the Australian community rally around the cause at the AFL Grand Final event at Bojangles Restaurant here in U.B. to the tune of 2,000,000 MNT!! Thanks to Mr. Bojangles for chipping in a portion of the bar takings to help out the kids!
To make things even more special the effort spread to Sydney, Australia where the family of a local Aussie ( our fearless leader for the AFL event) hosted a multi-family garage sale ...the proceeds of which have been donated to the Children of the Peak Foundation. AND... they threw in their footy tipping winnings too....
We've also recently been the recipients of proceeds of a fund-raising kids' Hallowe'en party here in UB - 1.5 Million!!... (pictures of all of these fundraisers to follow when I am not trying to upload from a hotel room in Asia where the Internet is, at best, sporadic!)
And a yoga-in over in Nevada! The proceeds of that one were matched by a local Nevada company to double the bottom line! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
And let's not forget the ever-growing cadre of individuals around the world who have made the decision that they would commit some of their hard-earned cash to help the kids. People from around the world have been donating via paypal from this blog, direct deposit into our bank accounts, handing over cash or even sending cheques to our bank!! We even have some people badgering us to set up a "monthly payment" system so they can support the kids on an ongoing basis! So far...can I have a drum roll please...you generous individuals have contributed a whopping total of 22,085,597 MNT!!
And managing all of this would be more than I could take on by myself, so a huge thank you to Sue, our Executive Director, Lorie over in Canada handling the accounting and receipts end of the transaction and Erin keeping everything running smoothly with the U.S. Donations.
Oh, and let's not forget who we're doing all this for...
The Children of the Peak have some opportunities coming their way, thanks to all of you!
They have something positive to think about and look forward to and someplace to begin making their plans for their own better futures come true.
Because of your generous support, the kids have received some warm clothes,
... and food...
...But perhaps, most importantly, those children who are taking care of their infant siblings know that they have the support of the community coming their way, and will soon have a warm, safe place to be...
so they won't have to do it alone any more!
Truly heart-felt gratitude is coming your way, from us and from the kids up at the dump and their families!
Your generosity has already begun changing the community up at the Peak and giving the kids & their families some hope for a better life.
Here's how the totals work out:
54,907, 909 MNT raised to date....
Here's how the totals work out:
17,250,156 MNT in corporate donations
15,572,156 MNT from organized fundraisers
22,085,597 MNT from personal donations
for a total of....
Now let's go raise the other half!