Caritas Mongolia started its activities by helping dzud-affected herders in 2000. The dzud in 1999-2000 had directly affected 450 000 herders and killed about 3 million animals. After losing their livestock, many herders moved to urban areas where they struggled to find work and shelter. Through this emergency programme, herder households were assisted with food relief, medical assistance, infrastructure support, such as repair of deep wells and renovation of educational facilities in rural areas.
Collaboration with other Caritas organisations has been vital in the work of Caritas Mongolia, allowing it to expand its programmes to include education, social and humanitarian assistance, food security and agriculture, migration, rebuilding of livelihoods, and community-building projects in rural areas. Reducing the impact of natural disasters and protection of the environment have also been a priority.
Caritas Mongolia’s main office is located in Ulaanbaatar and has 30 staff and over 120 volunteers involved in six projects in rural and urban areas of the country.
Mongolia has been hit by devastating blizzards with heavy snow completely buying vehicles and yurts, the traditional houses. Caritas Mongolia has been asked by local authorities to help, starting with food, hygiene, warm clothes, shoes and blankets, coal and firewood, yurts and to repair destroyed deep wells.
Even though – in the eyes of climate change decision-makers - the problems of Mongolia may not even amount to 1% of the world’s climate change issues, they are gradually worsening. On the ground, Caritas Mongolia intervenes by implementing a Food Security Project introducing Passive Solar Greenhouses, absorbing natural solar warming and releasing it to ...
Growing grains and vegetables is not the main profession of Mongolians and not even a priority for them. The nomadic people prefer keeping herds and love to eat meat. The number of animals is much higher than the number of humans.
Heavy rain in July in Mongolia left 20,000 people exposed to the countries harsh weather conditions. In Ulaanbaatar and in Gobi Altai-Province, many people were left with nothing following the flooding. Caritas through its national member Caritas Mongolia has been participating in the immediate response and are committed to provide water and shelter for new ...