Growing up Oyungerel never experienced the safe and protective love of a father. Instead her and her family lived in constant fear of his unpredictable temper, not knowing when they would next be subjected to his alcohol fueled beatings and psychological abuse.
Despite being trapped in a cruel and controlling relationship Oyungerel's mother, Tungaa, always tried to do the very best she could for her children and would invest the small amount of money she had into supporting her daughter’s dream to become a top contortionist. Since just five-years-old Oyungerel attended regular lessons and despite her cramped and turbulent living environment she would always find a way to practice. It quickly became her passion and a form of escape from the challenges of everyday life.
*Names have been changed and faces blurred to protect the family’s privacy
Recently the family’s circumstances took a dramatic turn when Oyungerel’s father was convicted of murder and sentenced to twelve years in prison. This was a traumatic and difficult situation for the family but it was also the first time that they could start to build a happy and safe life together free from the fear and abuse they had always known.
Sadly however with no home of their own and Tungaa unable to work whilst caring for her five young children and newborn baby the family’s prospects looked bleak and far from what they had initially hoped for.
The monthly support helped to relieve many of the family's everyday financial pressures and Tungaa and her children’s lives began to improve. However with so many other things to pay for the family still couldn’t afford a place of their own and were living in an old rented ger where conditions were tight, run-down and unhealthy.
As our sponsorship team works closely with all of the families on our programme they soon became aware about the family's extremely difficult living environment and made the unanimous decision that additional support was needed.
In order to get on track towards the independent, safe and happy life together they had always dreamed of the family needed a stable base that they could call home. Only once they had that security could they begin to build their lives from a place of strength and permanently break the cycle of poverty, exploitation and abuse.
Through our Give-a-Ger Programme and the support of our donors we were able to give this deserving family a fresh start by providing them with a home of their own for the first time.
Since receiving their home one of the most heartwarming successes can be seen in Oyungerel who is now more motivated than ever to succeed at becoming a world known contortionist. With a much bigger space to practice and free from the bleak and threatening environment created by her father, Oyungerel's skills are quickly improving and she has started to gain national recognition.
We are proud to say that as a result of her commitment, Oyungerel has been invited to perform at shows in America and Europe when she is fourteen-years-old. On top of this she was chosen out of some of the country's top child contortionists to feature in a documentary about Mongolian culture. CNCF has funded new contortion equipment for Oyungerel to allow her to prepare for these upcoming events and reach her full potential.
This family's story is a shining example of how through the love and support of our donors the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation helps to make dreams possible for the children and their families within our care. We look forward to watching how Oyungerel’s future unfolds as she follows her passion and, as with all of our beautiful children, we are proud to be part of such a special journey.