Give a Ger
Provide a home for a family struggling to survive the cold winter and poverty at the same time.
The winter in Mongolia is one of the harshest imaginable, and this makes Ulaanbaatar the coldest capital city in the world. Temperatures regularly remain at –30°C for weeks on end, and even –40°C is not regarded as unusual. As in many countries, housing for the poor is an expensive part of a family’s budget and here in Mongolia it is often inadequate for the given climate conditions. It is not unusual for families of up to eight to live under unheated stairwells in city apartment blocks, or in dilapidated wooden huts.
From the commencement of its operations in Mongolia, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation has assisted homeless families, those in danger of becoming homeless and many who are living in barely habitable conditions. This form of assistance was formalized in 2001 with the establishment of the CNCF ‘Give a Ger’ Programme.
A Ger is a traditional felt tent supported by a wooden frame. Gers are robust and are usually well insulated in the cold winters while remaining cool in the summer.
The “Give a Ger” programme also provides support to children who have outgrown the Ger Village, children released from prison with nowhere to go and some of the older street children. The programme not only removes these children from squalid and unhealthy living conditions, but also gives a family a home of their own, often for the first time, providing them with security and hope for a brighter future.
It costs $3,100 to house a family in one Ger and we have a list of families in dire need. Please consider helping to house a family today.
From the field:
Mongolian Family recieve new home from Give a Ger Programme.
"Naranbaatar* lived with his parents in a rented hut until he was three years old. When they could no longer afford the rent they were forced to live in a shack near the city dump moving to the city manholes during the cold winter. As the parents were unemployed Naranbaatar’s mother spent her days on the dump picking up bottles. His father picked up rubbish and waste food from rubbish bins around the city as well as bottles and cans which have a recyclable value. Naranbaatar’s Father came to the Christana Noble Children’s Foundation offices desperately seeking help. He brought Naranbaatar with him. Naranbaatar kept asking if he could please have a ball. he had always wanted one but knew his parents could not afford one." Through the Give a Ger programme Christina Noble Children’s Foundation helped the family by providing a fully furnished Ger. When the big day came the staff made sure to bring along the promised ball for the child.
This was Naranbaatar aged five on the day he got a new home, and his much coveted ball.Please consider helping a family like Naranbaatar’s today and get involved with our Give a Ger programme.