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 dysfunctional family background, growing up in an insecure environment, often view life the same way as 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 also can be a part of these projects that aim 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, “Sergelt (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). Sergelt’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 (city-bus) offers these people the most basic of needs – hot drinks and food, a washing facility and first aid treatment. As resources permit, and to those who are receptive, we 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.
If you would like to help the homeless of Mongolia, then just click on one of the Donate buttons on this page and follow the prompts.