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03 Apr, 2009

Rotary Kindergarten Project

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

After communicating with a Rotary club in Ulaanbaatar for the past few weeks it seems as if we will be able to lend a hand in building a kindergarten some 430km south of the capital, by supplying the funds needed to purchase all outfitting materials!

After successfully completing a well project to provide residents of Bulgan province, Mongolia with clean drinking water, Rotary International District 3450’s (Hong Kong, Macau, Kowloon, and Mongolia) Bayanzurkh 100 club in Ulaanbaatar is now working with Prison Fellowship Mongolia to raise funds in order to construct a kindergarten. Although Bulgan province is very remote and sparsely populated, there is a prison in the area that provides employment for some of the local families. The unfortunate thing is that the people that live and work in the area have no place to educate their young children. One of the local Rotary clubs is hoping to change this.

The plans have been drawn up, and everything is set to go. They just need a bit more money to make thing happen. Because of the abundance of inexpensive materials and labor in Mongolia, the entire project—inside and out—will only cost around $10,000US. The Rotary club of Bayanzurkh 100, located in Ulaanbaatar, has succeeded in raising money from the community and securing pledges from the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing. The problem is, unless the club raises the money to purchase materials for inside the school (computer, chairs, desks, etc.) the embassy will have to rescind the offer.

Upon hearing this I pledged to help them in whatever way we can. I immediately went to the West Bloomfield Rotary Club and asked them to sponsor the project so that we could better work with the club in Mongolia. Everyone was very enthusiastic about the idea, and now it is an official club project.

We don’t have much time left, but I’m confident we can do it…with your help.

Of course I’ll be taking a slight detour so that I can visit the area. If you help us out you will be able to see where your money is going and meet the families that will benefit from it!

    4 Responses to "Rotary Kindergarten Project"

    1 | David Paye

    May 4th, 2009 at 3:16 am

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    Hi guys!I am based near London but have stong links in UB Mongolia,so if you need someone there who is fluent in English I can help,this side I can grab some free newspapers for used cars, though a 1200cc engine limits the choice, A Hyundai Accent would be good as spares are available all over the areas covered where you are going but the cc is 1295. My daughter-in-laws uncle is the head honcho in the Mongolian embassy in London so that could be usefull dave

    2 | Scott

    May 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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    Dave–thanks for your comment! I’ll be contacting you~

    3 | Howard Stauffer

    July 27th, 2010 at 7:56 am

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    Dave,

    I am a rotarian interested in helping with a project in Mongolia, in collaboration with a rotary club there, possibly in Ulaanbaatar. I will be horseback riding there this Aug. 1-17, 2010.

    Any advice about how I can get in touch with that or other rotary clubs in MOngolia.

    Howard Stauffer
    Arcata Sunrise Rotary Club in Arcata, California, USA

    4 | Brigitte Cummings

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:29 am

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    Our Rotary Club of BayanZurkh 100 is always interested in getting in contact with other clubs to work on projects.
    I am sorry that I saw the comment only today = and I hope we aren’t too late!

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