Broken Families and Broken Children
Many within Mongolian society have experienced some form of family brokenness due to divorce, domestic violence and/or alcoholism. Children from a dysfunctional family background, grow up in an insecure environment, often viewing life the same way when they enter adulthood. Very often, family brokenness is complicated with the issue of being unskilled or unemployed, making everyday living bleak and challenging.
We hope to make a difference by helping to transform the lives of such Mongolians, giving them hope for a more enriching family life.
You can be a part of these projects that aims to make their lives more meaningful.
It’s heartbreaking to see the situation of our homeless people in Australia, but…
Imagine you are a homeless person.
You lose your job, then your home. Perhaps you’ve had your few possessions stolen and lost your identification. You want to find a way back but with nowhere to even shower or wash your clothes, no money to replace important documents how can you ever get another job to work yourself out of this dilemma? Your situation seems utterly hopeless and you sink into depression, your health declines ….now imagine you are in Mongolia, with average winter temperatures below -20°c and lacking almost all the social services that are available to us here in Australia, in fact without identification you are unable to even receive basic medical treatment…
Is Change Possible?
Our project, “Serbelt (Revival) Mobile Drop-in Centre” has been created out of the stark reality encountered in Ulaanbaatar by our existing Good Neighbour Society project team . This city ‘boasts’ 35% of the population either homeless or living well below the poverty line in crude dwellings without water, electricity or sewerage supply (There may be an outdoor toilet). Serbelt’s team, a combination of paid and volunteer staff, are confronting this challenge with a variety of skills including first aid, counselling and addiction/anger management.
Our Mobile Drop-in Centre (van) offers these people the most basic of needs – hot drinks and food, a shower and first aid treatment. Especially in the cold winter months they will transport homeless people from the freezing streets to overnight shelters. As resources permit, and to those who are receptive, they also offer counselling and life skills, advocacy services to help them obtain new legal documents and connect them with social services and work placement opportunities.
With our one little bus we will not change the world, or even Mongolia, but we will make a world of difference in these peoples lives, one by one; bringing them hope in their hopelessness and a real opportunity for a new future.
Mobile Van a Reality
With HADA’s support, we have been able to purchase a larger bus, fitted out for our work, to attend to the real needs of the homeless. Take a look at the video below and you will get a good idea of the extent of our work. We have a great local team on the ground with a real heart for their people, but they are dependent on your generosity.
We ask that you seriously consider what you can give to this worthy cause and as you go about your day we hope that you are filled with renewed gratitude for the many provisions we often take for granted – a warm bed, a roof over our head and food in our stomach…you never know, we may even become grateful for our jobs.
Thank you HADA
Hello! My name is Corrie van der Esch and I am from The Netherlands.
Who am I?
After working for 10 years as a zoo-keeper in one of the Dutch zoos the time had come for a radical change. I quit my job and commenced training in Intercultural Studies. Mongolia came into the picture and I moved there after graduating in 2011.
During the first two years of language study in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, I was confronted with the huge problem of homelessness. I saw homeless people everywhere and got in contact with them. Their hard and hopeless life, avoiding and negative attitude of the society, and the lack of governmental attention and care touched me deeply.
Complacency or Compassion?
Eventually I decided to devote myself to this particular group of people. Beginning of 2015 I started the Sergelt project within GNS where I was already working together with Mongolian colleagues and volunteers.
My motivation and that of my Mongolian colleagues, is my belief that every person is equal and valuable and how deeply fallen or hopeless a person’s situation might be, gives hope for deliverance and new life. We want to reach out to the outcasts of the Mongolian society and inspire others to join us in giving them a hope and a future.