To celebrate this year’s Woman’s Day we would like to share with you the story of Purevdulam, a young lady who through her hard work and determination has broken the cycle of poverty and is now helping others to do the same.
We first met Purevdulam in 2001 when she was enrolled in our Child Sponsorship Programme. At that time she was living with her mother in extremely poor conditions. Her mother, who had tragically lost her hand in an accident, was unable to work due to her disability and the family struggled to get by with limited government support. Despite their desperate situation and the huge stress that they were under daily just to survive, Purevdulam continued to work hard at school and achieve straight A’s in all of her subjects.
When our social workers asked Purevdulam about her dreams she would speak with great excitement and focus about becoming a doctor so that she could help people with health problems like her mother.
After learning about her future ambitions CNCF arranged for Purevdulam to take the entrance exams for medical school. She did outstandingly, and the college who would usually give 680 points as their top mark, awarded Purevdulam with a score of 800. Both her mother and our team were incredibly proud, and excited that she could now start on her journey towards becoming a doctor.
As a result of Purevdulam’s hard work and commitment CNCF gave her and her mother a ger through our Foundation’s Give-a-Ger programme, so that she had a warm, safe and beautiful home of her own where she could focus on her studies in peace. Furthermore, the Foundation committed to funding Purevdulam throughout all of her education and supporting her where necessary with supplies such as books and stationery.
After successfully completing her six-year course at medical school, Purevdulam went to a town called Züünkharaa where she worked for two years gaining vital experience and helping the local community. This was a rewarding time for Purevdulam who enjoyed being able to provide the services and care that so many people desperately need.
Upon returning from Züünkharaa, Purevedulam enrolled in medical university to study for a further two years in order to achieve a higher qualification in Internal Medication. During this time the Foundation employed her to work part-time at our sponsorship distribution days, helping children and their families living in poverty receive good quality healthcare and overcome similar challenges to what she experienced growing up. She is delighted to be able to give back to the Foundation and support Mongolia’s most in need people.
We are all so proud of this determined young woman’s achievements. Her success highlights the important role the Foundation plays in giving young people the support they need to fulfill their potential and ultimately go on to lead independent, productive and happy lives. Purevedulam is now able to give back to the community and help others who are experiencing the same difficulties she faced as a child.
*Photos have been changed to protect her privacy