Their 30-year old stepfather had just 4 years of education as a child, making employment difficult whilst their mother was also not working, living off the children’s allowance from the government and the CNCF Child Sponsorship money. Their total income per month was approximately $70, which was mostly spent on alcohol and a small amount of food for the children.
Our social workers went to visit their family home and found it was freezing cold as their Ger had been built directly on land with no insulated flooring. This is highly problematic in a place as cold as Mongolia and can have detrimental effects on the children’s health. The three children were without heat, coal, food or clothes in -25 degree weather. Our team brought them coal and food to warm the home and made a report to the children’s authorities. Sadly, the coal and the food did not cheer up Khulan and our social workers noticed she was visibly distraught by not showing any emotions. Through further investigations of the family, it became evident that Khulan had suffered from both sexual and physical abuse and the children were sent to a temporary care house in January.
The investigations into the family found that both of the parents were alcoholics and their mother was careless. Often they would suffer from alcohol-fueled beatings and on occasion, the children would be made to sleep outside. Batu, the youngest boy had a burn on his feet from when his father had pushed him onto the stove when he was drunk, whilst Khulan had some wounds from sexual abuse. Local police officers and children’s authority charged the father with sexual abuse and shockingly discovered that her mother was aware of the abuse but chose to ignore it. Both of the parents are now in temporary imprisonment. Their father will receive a sentence for sexual and physical abuse of a child whilst their mother will also be receiving an appropriate sentence for the crimes she has committed.
On the 3rd February 2017, the three siblings came to CNCF Blue Skies Ger Village. Upon arriving, Khulan was very closed off but has been working with our psychologist to overcome her trauma. Fortunately, she is a bright and soft girl and responded well, slowly releasing her feelings and trying to open up. She is now very active, enjoying her new home, attending many extra-curricular activities such as Taekwondo, music and crafts classes. We are very confident that she will grow into an exceptional person with a lot of love for her siblings. She still has a lot to overcome but we will do everything we can to help and support these children and are so happy to be able to provide them with a loving and safe place to call home.
*Names changed for child protection