Mongolia – June 2011
The Lamp of The Path is a Buddist organisation working amongst the very poorest people on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar. They currently run a community centre which provides a soup kitchen, a medical centre, Children’s Development Program and a self help group for women who make and sell items of clothing in a sewing centre. The object of this project is to provide a kindergarten for children living in the area who otherwise would have no hope of education.
There is only four month period when building is possible due to extreme weather patterns in the region around Ulaanbaartar therefore the project will start in April and finish in August. The JOA 2011 team assisted local builders in June/July. By the time of the team’s arrival the foundations were laid so the team helped with the walls that may be made of heavy concrete blocks.
Ulaan Baatar is the Capital of Mongolia and its largest city. The city is an independent municipality not part of any province, and its population (as of 2008) is just over 1 million. Located in the north central part of the country, the city lies at an elevation of about 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. It is also the center of Mongolia’s road network, and connected by rail to the Trans- Siberian Railway and the Chinese railway network.