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Three lovely young scholars, three excellent and generous schools, private donors helping with school uniforms, dedicated teachers helping these children adjust to school life in an international school, hard working parents, foster care moms and community members working togeth to get the children to the private school bus stops (all a LONG way from the kindergarten) and, of course, the fearlessness and relentless hard work of the children are ALL combining to make our scholarship Programme a reality.
I would really like to thank to the English School of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar Primary and Modene Private schools!
These schools have partnered with us by providing scholarships for children from the Children of the Peak Sanctuary Kindergarten. They are helping us turn out future leaders who will understand the problems in the poorest neighbourhoods!
One of the great things about my time in Mongolia is getting to hang out at the kindergarten and see the joy, love and warmth that the children are experiencing there. It is not, however, ever all sunshine and roses. The reason that we are there and working in this community is because it is one of the poorest and disenfranchised districts in all of Mongolia. This means, inevitably, there are some days when we have those very tough moments of meeting children who need extra help. Case in point, a beautiful little three year old girl who attends our kindergarten whom I met recently.
One of our "Kitchen Helpers" who gets to help set the table and serve the meal to the other children. A coveted job
Altantsetseg* is a lovely, quiet 3 year old girl who started attending our kindergarten this year. She lives at home with her parents who are now 17 & 18 ( yes, they were 15 and 16 years old when they became a family) and they are trying hard as a family to make it. One of their big challenges is that Altantsetseg suffered serious burns last year when an electric cooking pot that was sitting on the floor of her ger accidentally tripped onto her. She has ended up with massive and dramatic scars across her torso, arm and foot.
Thanks to all of you who have made this possible. We truly could not do it without you all!