Weight of the world upon these poor little shoulders.
Metropolitan Police Child Care Centre - MPCCC.
This is another tough one, no probably the toughest project we have anything to do with as these children don’t have a home or anyone to care for them, in the short term anyway.
Lined up to receive cookies that some of the lovely ladies had bought. Ages 16 years to 2yrs 8months.
I have been visiting the MPCCC for nearly two years now and there is not a time I have come away not feeling very helpless and inadequate. These children really have it tough as it gets they are either living on the streets and in winter that means underground and/or have been abused by adults that are meant to be looking after them. Many have run away from home after continuous abuse – physical, verbal and sexual and they have nowhere else to go.
Love the face, he was just having such a lovely time.
IWAM started going as a group just to play with the children for a few hours and to give them something to do and a bit of stimulus, as normally they just sit in front of the TV all day unless they are doing chores.
Of the 5 girls that were there all of them had sexually transmitted diseases and heavens knows how many of the boys did as well. There were burns on the face and neck which had obviously been caused by another person, there were bad skin rashes, there were many with bad coughs and running temperatures and many have nits and or scabies.
How do you get a burn there?
A rash all over his body, I gave him my tube of paw paw ointment and hope it helps a little.
The MPCCC receive approx $300 per year to buy medicines for these children every year. I just can't believe they are so generous!! Every child that comes to the centre is in some need of some medical attention as I have said but they are in desperate need of antibiotics, anti emetics, pain relief, creams for various skin diseases - cortisone and soothing creams such as paw paw ointment. Anything really for childhood complaints would go a long way to helping these little ones.
There is a doctor that works full time at the centre and she is wonderful but you can only do so much with nothing.
This one could have been a fall but he had other bruises!
The older girl had a temperature and a terrible cough, the little one was enjoying all the attention.
The little one above is 2 years and 8 months old and had been dropped off by her grandfather the day before as he couldn't look after her. We had two different versions of where her parents were, the first being that her mother was in prison after having killed her father and the other version was that her Mum was in hospital with a very sick 2 month old baby and the father was an alcoholic. Either story doesn't bode well for this little girl. Apparently Save the Children are going to take her which makes me think that Mum is in prison.
The little one is also wearing a little wool top knitted by people from Walcha (my home town in Australia) which had been sent across to me with 30 plus others and dozens of gorgeous baby blankets. Such an incredible gift and so much appreciated by all we have handed them out to.
The Centre do the best with what the government provides but it is very little as all the toys and games have been donated by groups who visit the centre.
All the older ones look after the little ones. Not sure what she was drinking but probably black weak tea.
They love the drawing and colouring in which sadly all seem to be put away until we or another expat group return.
They were much better at the hoola hoop than any of us were... too long ago for me.
The children are amazingly resilient to all that is thrown at them and can at least smile but even when we were there, there were many tears so heavens knows how many there are when we are not.
I wish I could take them all home but life isn't like that plus the Mongols are very against having children adopted out to foreigners and Mongols aren't into adoption themselves unless they know the genetics and history of the child.
Hence the need for 46 orphanages in Ulaanbaatar 4 government ones and 42 privately run ones.
Take care and enjoy the moment.