AKIPRESS.COM - People in Need INGO with support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (German Embassy) in Mongolia is providing – for the third time – an additional round of support to 1600 vulnerable children with nutrition, education and health kits in five districts of Ulaanbaatar, as well as Nalaikh.
The project will also be expanding its humanitarian assistance to rural areas of Mongolia, specifically Arkhangai and Bulgan aimags, Montsame reports.
The Government of Mongolia closed all schools and kindergartens until September in an effort to contain the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19). While this action has helped to reduce the spread of infectious disease, it has had negative repercussions on vulnerable households. The closure of schools and kindergartens is putting vulnerable children at increasingly higher risk as they rely heavily on their school meals for their main source of daily nutrition.
“Through the closure of educational institutions in Mongolia, the Ministry of Education reduced the danger of the COVID-19 outbreak in Mongolia. As a side effect, this had a negative impact on education and nutrition of children in particular those from vulnerable groups. Thousands of vulnerable children across Mongolia depend on school meals for their daily nutritional needs. With this financial support the German Embassy in Mongolia wants to contribute to the Government’s efforts in protecting the vulnerable children, along with other development partners,” said Jörn Rosenberg, the German Ambassador to Mongolia.
People in Need initiated the “Clean Hands” initiative in January with Breathe Mongolia-Clean Air Foundation and the Namuun Children’s Foundation – supporting 250 children with nutrition and sanitation kits (link to the previous Press Release) with the funding from PIN’s Club of Friends and in-kind contributions from the Namuun Children’s Foundation. PIN also launched a global fundraising campaign with Breathe Mongolia – asking for cash donations to reach an additional 300 children and their families.