19 years ago, four young women travelled to Mongolia and were touched by the many children living in the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar (the so called yurt districts) with not enough food and no perspectives. This is when they decided to found a soup kitchen, which over the years developed into a kindergarten and a day care center.
Today, Bayasgalant provides a safe environment, a place to learn, regular and healthy food three times a day, as well as medical and psychological support for 193 underprivileged children. A team of 27 full time staff make sure to provide a healthy environment for the children to play, learn and develop, especially as many parents often do not have enough money for a meal and many children suffer from violent and hostile family situations.
Bayasgalant also finances University studies and vocational trainings for all children to make sure that they become educated and skilled adults, giving them a chance to change their lives and the lives of their families to the better.
The kindergarten hosts 75 kids of age 2-5 in three groups. Each group is being taken care of by two qualified nursery school teachers. The kids spend the entire day at the kindergarten where they find a safe place to play, to learn and to develop.
DAY CARE CENTER
Our Day Care Center is open from 8-18 o'clock from Monday to Saturday. The kids come here before school, after school and in their leisure time. At Bayasgalant, around 100 children age 6-17 receive 3 meals a day, assistance in their homework, psychological support and certainly a warm place to be at, play and learn. For quality pedagogical and thematic input, we employ three full time teachers.
We truly believe that education is the key for success and to break the cycle of poverty. That is why we finance University and College Studies for all our children. The majority of the parents would not be able to send their kids to further education. One year at the University in Mongolia costs 1000 CHF. One year of vocational training at the College costs 250 CHF per year. Food and bus costs add another 350 CHF per year per student. Currently we are proud to support 18 University and 11 College students.
Unemployment, violence and alcoholism are common problems for families in the yurt districts. Bayasgalant helps where needed. Our two social workers are in close contact with the 67 families of our children and find individual solutions for families in special emergency situations. On the one hand side we own an emergency property where mainly women and children find refuge for max 6 months. During the winter months we distribute heating material and food.
The sewing studio was founded with the idea to launch a social business that supports young women and contributes to Bayasgalant`s fundraising. Gerelee, the studio's creative director, used to attend the day care center for many years when she was a child. Due to the long lockdown and a lack of orders during the Covid19 pandemic, the studio in the city center had to be closed. Gerelee now started design studies at the University. We consider the sewing studio project paused, not cancelled. So stay tuned!
WHY OUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED
One third of all Mongolians live in poverty. It is especially the people living in the yurt districts, on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar that are affected. Unemployment, alcoholism, family violence and lack of perspectives are main social problems. Often there is hardly enough money for one meal a day. In addition, the yurt districts mostly do not have sewerage, no running water, no heating and often no electricity. The long, very cold winters with temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius make life in the yurt districts even more difficult. Kindergartens or day care centers are rare and schools are overcrowded. There are often around 60 kids in one class. That is why our work is urgently needed. At Bayasgalant we aim to provide the children a warm, safe and healthy environment to play, to learn and to develop.