Clinical Care for Infants looks after both orphaned and abandoned children and gives them support and care. The children range from new-born babies up to 3 year-olds. The staff at the orphanage are all Mongolian and include teachers, a nurse, a paediatrician and childcare workers. They help to children with professional permanent service and during 24 hours.
Your role as a volunteer:
You will be asked to work from the early morning until mid-afternoon. When you arrive in the morning you will begin by helping the children get dressed. You will then help give them their breakfast, play with them, teach them some basic English or some simple songs and help the staff with their tasks. You will help with lunch time and then settle the children down for their nap.
At the moment, our Care project volunteer Evelyne Charollois is helping there. Read more to see photos! :)
Instead of going to the TErelj National Park, this time we took a trip to Hustai National Park. We were really lucky to have a chance to see the wild horses and even some dears.
More about the National Park:
The history of Hustai National Park starts with the extinction of the Mongolian Wild Horse, also known as the Przewalski horse. The species were first discovered by a Russian general and explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky in the 19th century. The horses lived of the grass on the vast Mongolian steppes. The population declined dramatically in the 20th century for a number of reasons. First of all, the horse was wanted for its chloroplasts. In a chemical process, which is unique to the Przewalski horse, the animal produces certain chloroplasts in the back of their throat as a result of a chemical process after eating steppe grass. The very same chloroplasts were used as an anti-viral drug to conquer an outbreak of a disease in the early 20th century. Secondly, the horse was simply hunted for its meat. It was an easy target as it lived on the open steppes and was never used to be hunted (Przewalski horses had no natural enemies).
The last Przewalsi horse was seen in 1967. A special expedition to track the animal in 1969 had no result. In order to bring the Mongolian Wild Horse back to its native land, the Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse was founded in 1977. They used Przewalski horses from zoos all over Europe to start a special breeding program. In 1992, the foundation reintroduced the first 16 horses to the Mongolian steppes. The horses bred succesfully and more of them were released in the years to follow.
The area (Hustai) in which the horses were released was given the status "national park" by the Mongolian authorities in 1998 in order to protect the animal. Hustai National Park was born and with it the first ecotourism in Mongolia.