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Progress in Mongolia

Mongolia • First Quarter Report

Making Progress in Mongolia

Each quarter, we release a report detailing our accomplishments and needs. The First Quarter report for 2016 is now available, click here to read the full report. Here’s a brief summary of our programmes:

Update: Great Commission Institute

Genesis-AOM is looking for partners to strengthen and expand our ministry to Grade 5 children currently running in Nalaikh and some schools in Ulaanbaatar.  We are limited in the amount of time that our staff can actually interact with the children in the programme and would love to see local churches engaging these children and their families, building on the foundation that is laid during the classroom and clubhouse sessions. Local churches are able to be on the spot for children and families in their areas and be a stable long-term source of discipleship.

Update: School Social Worker Professional Development

In April 2016, Genesis-AOM, in conjunction with the Municipal Education Department, hosted stage two of our school social worker professional development training, entitled “Environment, Skills, Results”.  The training took place over two days and was attended by 60 school social workers from 52 schools throughout Ulaanbaata.

Update: Lifeskills Values Education

In the 2015 – 2016 school year, our LifeSkills Values programme impacted the lives of 1,034 children. We’ve received requests from 36 school social workers expressing their need to have the programme in their school. Our goal is to reach 7,000 children in three years. For $48 USD, one child can receive Values Education lessons and activities for 6 months.

During February and March of 2016 the Good Child project has been running both in the clubhouse and in classrooms in Nalaikh Duureg’s Tsogtsolbor School, Chandmani School, School 109, School 119, Erdmiin Orgil School and other public schools, with a total of 1461 Grade 5 children participating in the project.  Each week a character lesson is taught in the classroom and a monthly activity in the clubhouse reinforces the lessons taught in the classroom.  There are 732 Grade 5 students in Nalaikh town, divided into 23 teams, so it is only possible for each class to meet in the clubhouse once a month. 

Update: Winter Kits

In late November and early December 2015 a total of 205 Winter Kits were distributed to disadvantaged children in Nalaikh town and in the slum areas of Ulaanbaatar city.  Chi Children to receive these kits were elected in consultation with school officials and local authorities.  All the children were school pupils at risk of dropping out of school during the harsh winter due to a lack of suitable clothing to wear outside.  Genesis staff prepared a kit for each child, ensuring that jackets and boots of the appropriate size ere purchased. 

Looking to support a great cause? Check out our Transformational Training Centre.

As we mentioned in our last post, there are many ways you can help us prepare to open the doors of the TTC. We are in need of many essential items, to view the full list of items click here. You can also click on the donation links below to help us open the doors to this amazing facility that will change lives for generations!

Donate – United States

Donate – Canada

As always, if you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Phase Two Begins

One Step Closer

Phase Two of the Hope Centre Begins

I can’t wait until the day when we can start sharing the success stories happening at the new Hope Centre (HC) in Stung Treng, Cambodia. Miracles, lives changed and communities transformed.

By faith, we’re setting a Grand Opening date of: March 30th, 2017

For this to happen, we’ll need a miracle and your support! Check out the two videos (below) and see how you can join us and see this centre begin to transform lives and impact communities across the region!

Want to help us? Here are a few ideas:

Chairs (need 200) Buy one chair @ $15 each
Tables (need 20) Buy one table @ $118 each
Paint (need 87 buckets – 5 gal) $120 per bucket
Tile (1,000 sq. meters) Buy 1 sq. meter @ $7 per sq. meter
Ceiling Fans (need 40) Buy a fan @ $50 each
AC Unit (need 5 units) Buy an A/C unit @ $540 each

View the full list of items click here. You can also click on the donation links below to help us open the doors to this amazing facility that will change lives for generations!

Donate – United States

Donate – Canada

With your support and dedication to our organization, this project would not be possible. As always, if you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to contact us!

A Step Towards Inclusion – by David Peck

A Step Towards Inclusion – Podcast by David Peck

Check out this great podcast by David Peck. David is an ambassador of change –  he’s very active with Asian Outreach and many other organizations. This podcast, titled A Step Toward Inclusion, is about a friend of David’s from Cambodia and features interesting insights from myself (Noel Hutchinson, AO Canada), Tom from the War Remnant Museum in Siem Reap, Mines Action Canada and Karen Valley from War Amps.

More About David: David Peck is the founder of SoChange, a social enterprise that works with the corporate and NGO community in leadership development, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a writer, speaker, entertainer, academic and social change consultant.

David has spoken before many companies and NGO’s, and has served as a  as a consultant for leadership, MNCH, education, health and literacy projects in Ontario, El Salvador, Rwanda, Kenya, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Mongolia. He was named a Global Hero by Verge magazine in 2009. David hosts a podcast called Face2Face and a blog called Splash and Ripple on and writes for a variety of other publications.

Click here to learn more.

Photos from My Cambodia Trip

What an experience in Prek Russeay village with the AOC Water and Sanitation (WASH) team. We’ve been filling 5 filter moulds per day on average. The rings are the forms for the toilet tanks.

Something as simple as bio-sand filters and toilets significantly cuts down the rate of preventable diseases. As always, we are committed to bringing a message of Hope and providing communities with practical help.

This is how Asian Outreach Cambodia lives out our mantra of “Loving God and Loving our Neighbour.” Here are just a few pictures from our day in Prek Russeay village.

This is the first WASH project in this community. We were thrilled to have ERDO as a partner with us in this village. There are over 500 families and initially we’ll be able to help almost 200. I asked the village leaders if they were happy for us to be there working alongside them with bio-sand water filters and toilets. They burst out laughing and smiling…I’m guessing that is a yes!

You can check out more photos and see frequent updates on our Facebook page!

Don’t forget, you can also help us on our mission to transform lives and communities. Contact us to find out how.

Sam is a one-year volunteer from New Zealand working with our team in Stung Treng Cambodia

Construction Update | January 2016

Construction Update | January 2016

If you’ve been following my updates on the construction of our latest project, the Transformational Training Centre, currently being constructed in Stung Tren, Cambodia – you’ll enjoy this update! We are officially at the 60 percent mark – we’re in the home stretch and our goal is to be finished with the main construction by the end of February or early March.

As always, we’re happy to accept any support you can offer. We’re currently in the process of purchasing items to help us complete the TTC. We’re in need of 155 buckets of paint.  We need to have the building painted by the end of May before the wet season starts. We have a painting team on standby, but we need the paint!

The cost is $75 a bucket. Would you consider helping out by buying a bucket of paint? Click the links below to donate and be sure to type “paint” in the note section. Stay tuned for more updates!

Donate – Canada

Donate – United States

Story of Change: Sima

Sima’s Story

Sima started coming to our community preschool in 2014. He is  raised by his 70-year-old grandmother, Ms. Lont. Little Sima is very smart, brave and obedient and loves to play with blocks. His parents left him in his grandmother’s care when he was a baby.

Lont and Sima
Lont and grandson Sima

Sima is one of four other young grandchildren living with Lont. She works very hard as a tailor to provide for her five grandchildren. She often repairs people’s old clothes to support her family and makes most of the children’s clothes. Due to high living costs, her 15-year-old granddaughter left school to work in the garment factory in Phnom Penh.

After witnessing the family and their financial condition, Asian Outreach Cambodia’s Assisting Children to School (ACTS) project supports two of the older children so that they can attend the state school this year. During home visits, the team noticed that Sima had a cut in in his upper thigh area that became badly swollen and infected. The team encouraged the grandmother to bring him to a children’s hospital. At first, the grandmother was very hesitant since there was no adult at home to look after the other grandchildren. After much support and encouragement, Lont agreed to take Sima to the children’s hospital.

After examining the cut, the doctor said it was almost too late as the infection was severe. AO staff was able to support the family both at the hospital and at home during his hospital stay. After two operations and ten days in the hospital, Sima was sent home good as new.

Stories like Sima’s aren’t unusual – it’s through the support, and generosity of donors and prayer warriors, that we are able to act as a source of support and encouragement. Join us on our journey to transform the communities we serve!

Stories of Change | O’Rey Commune

Stories of Change | O’Rey Commune

It’s always amazing when the AO team has the opportunity to captures these amazing testimonies – directly from those who are impacted by our projects and initiatives. My goal in sharing these inspiring stories of change is to motivate as many people around the world, to join Asian Outreach. So please, share these stories with everyone you know – together we can make a difference.
Sophy Story of Change Info graphic

Training Centre Construction Continues

Update on the Construction of the Training Centre

As we mentioned in our last post the construction of the Transformational Training Centre (TTC) is underway, and construction is moving along smoothly. I am always excited to update our followers on the progress being made in the communities Asian Outreach serves. Here’s the latest video update – and as always, feel free to check out our other videos!

If you’d like to support the TTC, click either of the links below to donate.

US Donations
Canadian Donations

For more ways to get involved, click here!