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.
Reflection by CIS Student Vivian Gu
From the 27-29th of September 2016, seventeen Hong Kong students aged around fifteen to seventeen, plus three teachers, spent three days in Mongolia alongside the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation to help children in need. Our school has been organizing this trip to Mongolia for several years now, with the intention of not only exposing students to Mongolia and its culture, but to make us aware of hardships that some Mongolian children endure and give us the chance to improve their lives in any small way that they can.
Since 1997 the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation has worked in cooperation with the boys’ prison in Mongolia to provide full-time education and rehabilitation for the teenagers living within the facility. Our programme enables these boys, the majority of who have come from extremely difficult and impoverished backgrounds, to leave prison with the necessary grades and qualifications to find employment and break the vicious cycle of poverty and crime for good.
Through providing them with a good education and showing these boys the love, care and respect that all children need, CNCF has helped to give back hope to many young men and enabled them to lead positive, productive and fulfilling lives after serving their sentences.
In the Field