Justin Wood and Patrick Tewson are taking part in a charity event that involves driving a tiny car from London, UK to Mongolia in the summer of 2006. A requirement for the event is to raise 1000 pounds for charity, with 25% going to international charities and 75% going to charities to benefit Mongolia itself, such as The Christina Noble Childrens Foundation. Your donation will help realize their journey and benefit charity!
About the Christina Noble Childrens Foundation in Mongolia
Christina Noble travelled to Mongolia in April 1997 and pledged to raise money internationally and return to help the plight of street children and children in poor families in this country. Christina designed projects around the specific Mongolian conditions and culture, while also building on her experience in Vietnam. Initial research discovered a complex street children problem, with children organised into gangs and surviving on petty crime, along with an alarming increase in children dropping out of school throughout the country.
The greatest challenge that the Foundation identified was to reach into families and try to help them escape this cycle of poverty by helping to keep the children in school and at home. It was from this need that the Sponsorship Project was born.
The Foundation also identified a need among children on the street who were not part of a gang and who were trying to fend for themselves by begging and scavenging. Some said that they dreamed of being put into prison "because it is warm there, and they feed you". Christina resolved to open a shelter or sanctuary for these children.
Because the Mongolians are so strongly traditional and so many (in the city as well as the country) live in gers, she decided to build a Ger Village where the children could be safe, attend local schools and grow up to be independent, healthy adults. The Ger Village opened at the beginning of November 1997, and the number of other CNCF projects have quickly increased since this time.