Who am I?
“Hello! My name is Corrie van der Esch and I’m from The Netherlands.”
After working for 10 years as a zoo-keeper in a Dutch zoo 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 made contact with them. Their hard and hopeless life, society’s avoidance and negative attitude towards them, 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 2015 I started the Sergelt project within GNS (Good Neighbour Society) where I was already working together with Mongolian colleagues and volunteers.
My motivation and that of my Mongolian colleagues is the belief that every person is equal and valuable and no matter how deeply fallen or hopeless a person’s situation might be there is hope for deliverance and new life. We want to reach out to the outcasts of the Mongolian society and inspire others to join us by giving them hope and a future. Consider the kind of people we are working with and seeking to help to find hope in their lives. Note: If you don’t speak Dutch, please turn the sound off so it doesn’t annoy you.