Since, there are many social issues in Meg’s country, including poverty and disability, Meg wanted to use her business as a way of contributing to her community to make positive change. In Mongolia many people are living in poverty on the streets collecting empty bottles and cans, just trying to make enough money to survive, struggling as single parents whose children may be without food for several days. Those children who are disabled or abandoned rely on the generosity of others to supplement what the government can provide.
Travel that changes lives.
Meg began by volunteering at the state run orphanage, it made her sad to see many young children without a home or family. Meg hopes these children are adopted before they begin to have childhood memories. Meg enjoys seeing them happy when they receive small gifts. However, without their parents it is apparent that there is sadness in the children’s eyes.
For this reason we also support local charities who work in these areas to help drive the movement towards positive change in the communities in which we travel.
Meg undertook research on different charities in Mongolia, mostly involving children and single parents. As a result of the research she has instigated different activities in the past few years including: Donations for the State Orphanage, supplying wheelchairs, donations for single parents, human rights, Cricket Mongolia, Association of Parents with disabled children and Center of Against Domestic Violence. Meg’s family did a volunteering in Malawi, Africa. Meg loves to think of it as only the beginning of her work and is expanding her activities every year where possible.
Sustainable Gift and Donation Tips
By choosing Meg’s Adventure Tours in Mongolia, you are already helping local communities in need in Mongolia. A portion of the profits from the company goes to local projects such as these [link to community projects?]. Alternatively, if you wish to contribute to community projects directly through this website, you may donate safely and securely (see link etc). Even small donations make a huge difference. You can also support local craftspeople and artists by buying souvenirs. Lists of supplies that are needed by local communities and would certainly be appreciated. Items range from medical and school supplies to clothing and hygiene essentials.
Gifts for locals & sustainable gifts
School Supplies: General school supplies are always needed – they include pencils and pencil sharpeners, rulers, erasers, solar calculators, and chalk. World maps, and even age-appropriate storybooks in English. Colouring books, crayons geographic educational books.
First Aid Kit & Health: Bandages/plasters, antibiotic ointment, toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste, soap, suncream and feminine care products (like sanitary napkins) will be used and appreciated.
Clothing and shoes: New or gently used children’s clothing is always well received
Toys: Toys that can be easily shared (such as basketball/soccer balls) are not a bad idea and will bring much joy to the children. However, if you plan to bring individual toys to give to children, be prepared to have a toy for every single child you meet. Once you give one child a toy, another seems to appear, followed by another, and another, and eventually the entire community. Unfortunately with toys, the largest kid always wins and not every child receives a gift. If you’re really keen on bringing toys, you could give them privately to an adult to distribute them when they feel appropriate – such as for a birthday or as a reward for doing well in school.
Gifts from home: Post card, fridge magnet, key chain, drying towels, eco friendly flash light or head torch from your home country.
Shop locally–Support local business
If you are not able to bring gifts. Everything you wished to buy from your home country is available to buy in the capital city or during your travels in Mongolia. When you support locally owned businesses, you’re not only supporting the local economy and the employment of local people. Overall, it is important to shop locally to encourage the health and sustainability of your local community. By shopping locally and allowing local businesses to thrive you will also be indirectly helping with local tourism, as visitors are more likely to visit our local area if there are distinct and individual shops to visit.
Join us in 2020 for an unforgettable taste of Mongolian culture while making a great contribution to the world.