Saikhnaa* arrived at the boys’ prison in 2015, when he was sixteen-years-old. He had grown up in extremely poverty stricken conditions with his mother, father and younger sister. His mother works as a cleaner in the city’s trauma hospital, earning a small salary for long hours of physically tiring labour. Unfortunately, as is often the case with those living in such hard and destitute conditions, his father is a heavy drinker and unable to hold down steady employment.
“At the beginning of 2009 I enrolled on the CNCF Child Sponsorship Programme. I was fifteen-years-old and living in the most difficult circumstances of my life. Thanks to the sponsorship programme a new door opened in front of me and my life conditions greatly improved.
When I joined the programme my father had just passed away and my mother was struggling to take care of my three siblings and me. She was unable to go to work because of her poor eyesight and painful stomach disease. My mother, with four children and no income, couldn’t provide proper food, clothing or school supplies for us. We were always hungry, cold and scared about our future. When I started receiving the sponsorship money it had a big impact on our lives and provided the critical support that my family and I needed.
This heartwarming personal account was written by one of our former ger village children, Tsendee*. After living at the village for seven years Tsendee is now living a happy and independent life as a young adult. We are all incredibly proud of the beautiful person she is and the hard work and commitment she is putting in to achieving her dreams.
"Before arriving at the Foundation I used to live with my mother and stepfather in very hard conditions. Life was extremely difficult for me at this time. I was not happy at home and at school I was the shy, unconfident student who rarely spoke.
When I was eleven I went to live at the Christina Noble Children's Foundation's Blue Skies Ger Village. I had never been around so many other children before and especially not in one place where we could play together and really enjoy ourselves.
The ger village is home to lots of kind, polite and neat children and in no time I adapted to my new surroundings to become one of them. We all strived to uphold the ger village name by making accomplishments at tournaments and competitions.
Book our 4th Annual Golf day into your calendar for Friday 14th July. We are delighted to be going back to Stanmore Golf Club, our wonderful hosts.
Guests arrive around noon for registration and brunch before heading out to one of North London’s most picturesque and challenging courses.
We guarantee a great day of golf followed by music and entertainment and, weather permitting, a sumptuous BBQ. However, should our British summer not play ball, a delicious carvery.
Whether you are a group of friends, your company, or an individual that wish to entertain clients, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation Golf Day is always a fun and welcoming day for golfers of all abilities.
As well as enjoying a great day out you will also be supporting our life-changing work in Vietnam and Mongolia. All funds raised will help us to continue making a difference to the lives of the many vulnerable children in our care.
For more information on entering a team of four, sponsorship, donating a prize, or to join us for dinner, drinks and entertainment on the terrace, or all of the above!
We have been allocated places for the Prudential Ride London- Surrey which takes place on Sunday 30th July.
Don't miss your opportunity to get your place and help us raise much-needed funds for our Children in Vietnam and Mongolia.
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 starts at 6am in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100 mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.
To capture it all, the best action is broadcast live on TV in the UK and internationally, to be seen by an audience of millions.
Do something amazing, challenge yourself and help us raise funds for our Sunshine Children in Vietnam and Mongolia!
To find out more contact us today!
Our Foundation does important and often life-saving work on behalf of vulnerable children, their families and the communities in which they live. Our teams and volunteers have worked continuously and tirelessly in often very challenging and sometimes life-threatening situations for over 27 years and we have only been able to continue our work because of the ongoing belief and support of our warm-hearted, compassionate and dedicated community.
However, our projects and operations cannot run on love alone. We continue to need your help. This year saw our lowest ever ratio of donations to programme costs, and thus, we have had to rely upon our modest financial reserves to bolster our operational expenditure more than any other time in our history. The unfortunate truth is that the modern day charity has become incredibly competitive, if not at times aggressive. In recent years raising funds globally has become increasingly challenging for charities of our size, and we continue to do what we can do address this.
We are all part of a greater family - a greater humanity - where each and every one of us can make a difference. For our children's lights to shine ours too must shine; for our children to come alive we too must come alive; and for our children to love, we too must love.
Our Foundation and the children need your help. As you read our stories of the children, I sincerely ask that you consider supporting us in any way you can so that we may continue our vitally important work.
I remain deeply and eternally grateful to all our committed and sincere supporters - past, present and future.
The Christina Noble Children's Foundation would like to thank the Irish Business Association in Vietnam and the Saigon Gaels Club for organising such a great fun St Patrick's Day on Saturday 18 March 2017.
Through our Arts and Music Programme we provide art education for the teenagers in Ulaanbaatar’s Boys’ Prison.
For these young men, many of who have come from backgrounds characterised by poverty, hardship, and emotional pain, dedicated time for self-expression is particularly valuable and can play an important role in the rehabilitation process.
Through weekly lessons in visual art students are able to discover their creative talents and learn about aspects of themselves they had never before known existed. This can be a liberating and empowering experience for the boys who as a result of the creative sessions often learn to channel and express difficult emotions in a constructive and healing way.
The positive impact that teaching art has on the boys can be clearly seen in their thoughtful responses given to a questionnaire about their experience of art in prison. Through reading their comments below we hope to give you a unique insight into the important part art plays in helping these boys to develop and grow as centered, compassionate young men.
In 2013 five-year-old little Bagi* was brought to live at the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation’s Blue Skies Ger Village. She arrived with her six-year-old brother, Gonchig*, after they were found begging for money on the city streets.
For these two young siblings life had been extremely difficult; they had spent their earliest, most vulnerable, years growing up without any proper parental supervision, with only each other for love and protection.
"I want to be healthy enough to go to school because when I grow up I want to become a nurse so that I can help treat my brother and parents”, that is a wish from Tuan, a little girl who is now 6 years old and suffering from Thalassemia.
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