Well, it has been ages and ages since I have had a chance to sit down and update this blog - my apologies. I have just returned to Canada last week and, in the throes of jet lag extraordinaire I am trying to stick to my determination to share with you a little bit of what it is like when I am in Mongolia. The work on the Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project runs the full gamut of human emotion. There is an intensity of excitement and joy along with inevitable sorrow and heartbreak that is exceptionally hard to adequately put into words. But I'm going to try. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of short (hopefully!) updates to try to show you all what we are accomplishing. I am hoping to give you all a better idea as to the challenges that we are still facing and how we look at who needs help and how we choose our projects to make the most impact . This is the first of 5 blog posts - Hope you enjoy them all!
When we are talking about the projects that make up the Children of the Peak Sanctuary Project, we usually focus on the kindergarten as it is our largest project. We do have, however, have a number of other projects which are designed to work in tandem to bring education, development and opportunities to our community. Our long term programme to create leaders of tomorrow who will truly understand the problems of poverty and will have the insight as to how to help alleviate it is underway. One goal we have each year is to have at least one child taken on scholarship at a private school in Ulaanbaatar. This undertaking has many difficulties - but the rewards are enormous and the future potential is very exciting! So - what does it take to make it work?
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!
Then there are the children up at the kindergarten that I got to spend time with - starting the morning (every morning!) with the national anthem, helping the teachers by being the serving "assistant " for the day - laughing with friends and just enjoying a meal together.
In addition to our small office in the city, I have a tiny little corner that is mine up at the Kindergarten. I love the days when I get to work from there and really be in the middle of the light and laughter and excitement that our 128 children create every day. It is also so beautiful when, amidst the hustle and bustle of what constitutes daily operation of the Veloo Foundation projects in Mongolia, through meetings and evaluations about programmes, construction issues, transportation initiatives, trekking inquiries & gala event planning, partners, volunteers and safety awareness, you suddenly notice that the ever constant thrumming of chatter and skipping and laughter is gone. You notice the most curious of all things - silence. And then you can't resist sneaking away from the workings of the project to visit the reason for the Project...the children. They are so beautiful when they're sleeping.....or even when they're not! This is what it's all about. Happy, peaceful, well fed and educated children NOT up at the dump picking garbage!
Thanks to all of you who have made this possible. We truly could not do it without you all!
Hello, welcome to the Veloo Blog. Here we will post new activities and events going on with the foundation. Enjoy!