The team was greeted by lots of smiling happy faces and a traditional Milk Welcoming Ceremony to show love and gratitude to our international friends who have shown such care and commitment towards our work with the children.
Upon their arrival the group were led into our main ger where they were given a brief talk about our Foundation’s programmes and an insight into the tremendous role their fundraising efforts will play in helping us to continue to give some of Mongolia’s most vulnerable children back their childhoods, and the necessary tools for a happy, self-sufficient and fulfilled future.
Following the talk our children from the Child Sponsorship Programme and Ger Village demonstrated some of their many talents in an exciting, heartwarming and what I’m sure will be an incredibly memorable show for the challengers.
Our children had been rehearsing for the special occasion over the past couple of weeks and were excited to showcase what they had been learning in their extra-curricular activities such as dance, Taekwondo, music and drama. Everyone was left feeling extremely proud of the children and the confident and talented young people they are.
Once the performances had come to an end our Challengers had a guided visit around the village, learning about the way it functions and meeting some of our hardworking team. They then got stuck into Ger Village life choosing between activities in Taekwondo, art, music, sport and even cultivating some of our delicious vegetables that were later turned into lunch!
As we wondered around the village is was beautiful to see all of the smiles being shared and the friendships being built between our children and people from all around the world, highlighting that no matter the difference in language, culture or life experience we can all connect at our core as human being to human being.
The challengers enjoyed a traditional lunch freshly prepared by our kitchen, the team then went on to watch a Mongolian calligraphy demonstration by artist Jaanaa from Articour - a leading art group in Mongolia.
Much to all of the Challengers’ surprise, at the end of the demonstration Jaanaa kindly presented everyone with individual scrolls of their names and a unique blessing for each person such as ‘wishing you luck and happiness throughout your life’. We thank Jaanaa and Articour for organizing such a special gift for our challengers – I’m sure it will be hung on their walls with great pride and happy memories!
When the scrolls had been handed out the challengers sat down to watch the second half of the children’s concert, which concluded with a traditional Mongolian song called ‘Narnii Khaan Khuukhduud’ or ‘The King Of The Sun Is Our Children’.
After the concert our children were excited to give out gift bags, which they had lovingly filled with a painting and craft that they had created as ‘A Memory of Mongolia’ in their previous art lessons. The Challengers were very touched and happy to take home something so meaningful, which had been made from the hearts of our children.
Before it was time for the Challengers to leave we had one last surprise... but this time it was for our children. Using some of the money raised from the Mongolia Noble Challenge we had bought ten new bikes for the village and hidden them outside during the concert.
Owning a bike is a childhood dream for many of our children and so when they opened the door to see ten sparkly new bicycles all lined up with bows on, there was lots of excitement in the air!
On behalf of everyone at the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in the Noble Challenge. Your support is deeply valued and will go a long way in helping us to continue our life-changing work with the children of Mongolia, nurturing their unique spirits, loving them unconditionally and helping them to build a strong foundation from which to flourish.