|Nigel with Barb & Teena being swamped by young girls selling art work in Sukhbaatar Square.|
|Old and new buildings ring the Square with many people out enjoying the early spring weather.|
|Great fun to be pulled by your little brother.|
|A massage was next on the agenda - all in one room.|
This time we were down in the play room which we had seen before but none of the children were in it. Everyone interacted with the children and it was great to be given some exercises that we can do on return visits with the children. I also handed out some pear that I had peeled for the children and it was tough watching the more able bodied ones taking it from the more disabled children.
We will try and go back often to help these little ones and we will also be working with the staff to try and make their lives a little easier as well and bring fruit and other food so these children aren't starving each time we come. I would also like to help at meal times so we can see how much food the children are given as I am sure that many of them take ages to be fed.
|Working with the children.|
|Showing the staff some exercises for the children. The delight this girl of 17 was showing was wonderful to see.|
|Teena interacting with one of the little girls who was thoroughly enjoying the attention.|
A country visit was next on the agenda as I had to inspect a summer camp to see whether IWAM will support it this year. The director of the camp, her husband and another volunteer worker, Anya & he 20 month old son picked Barb, Teena and I up at 9am from near our place and we headed due north out of UB on a road I hadn't been on before. A kilometre out of the centre of UB we passed through the ger camp area into the summer camp area where many people have their summer homes and judging by the size of many of them, they are certainly wealthy. There were also some camps as seen in the following photo.
|This camp would be no more than 6 kilometres from the centre of UB.|
|After two hours driving we stop to stretch our legs on the top of a very wind swept hill. Poor Barb and Teena were nearly blown away.|
|On we drove....... up hill and over dale.|
|Passing sheep & goats on the way to find water.|
|Horses in front of a winter ger camp trying to find some nourishment from what looks like bare earth. Note the little foal with the mare on the right at the back.|
|It wasn't all dry as we found the only wet patch and became bogged of sorts as the tyres just kept spinning on the wet ground.|
|Finally the Summer ger camp.|
|The view from where we sat in the ger|
The children come from programs that CYPPD (Children & Young People's Protection & Development) run in Ulaanbaatar and this organisation is also supported by VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) so really do a holiday in the country when they can.
This is a little bridge built by the Asia Foundation to allow the villagers access to the railway line in summer which comes through to collect the milk to take to UB at 1am. Winter of course the river is frozen & it is easy to walk across but in summer they have to virtually swim across unless they go up or down river several miles.
|Just loved this photo of the river, mountains and clouds.|
|Back to the camp to enjoy our Khorhog|
|The many tracks and all as rough as each other.|
|Going through a very small village I just loved the colours.|
|Another view of the many tracks.... which one to take? I feel that the ones they didn't take always looked smoother.|
We had many things to do this day and this is where the sore feet bit came in as we must have walked about 5 kilometres on pavements that are a challenge at the best of times but after having been bounced around for 10 hours the previous day every muscle in our feet were soon aching.
|We had to stop at the French Bistro for a bite to eat.|
|A wonderful group who are well known in Mongolia and were wonderful entertainers.|
That evening we went to a Benefit Concert raising funds for a little girl, her siblings and her mother to live in safety and employ decent lawyers. This little girl had been raped by her step-father from the age of 8 and when it was taken to court the judge freed the man saying she had been born with rape like scars. Four doctors had examined her but it was a forensic doctor who had the last say. Hopefully it won't be long before this despicable man is in goal forever.
|Try that one at home.|
Extraordinary show with some wonderful Mongolian talent and hopefully it has raised enough money at least to give this little girl some sense of security.
We are extremely lucky in UB to be able to see either the ballet or an opera or both every weekend and it is of a world class standard. This weekend we saw Swan Lake and it was just wonderful.
Still some things for the girls to do yet but they leave on Thursday and not nearly enough time to see all there is to see. Neither of them are feeling much better and I think will be very glad to be home. Not that they haven't enjoyed their time but when you aren't feeling 100%, travelling is not as much fun as it should be.