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We provide fundamental aid to Mongolia’s poor, low income herder families. They live off their livestock just to get by, but extreme climate conditions - drought summers and Arctic-like winters - make for a hard life, with no alternative work options.

Their basic needs are pasture and water all year round, and our projects help these hard working families to maintain their independent, traditional way of life.

Our Well Project refurbishes or replaces old/unusable wells in remote areas, which saves herders and their livestock having to trek a great distance to get a daily supply of vital water.

Our Grass Cutting Project provides small tractors equipped for hay cutting/collecting in good pasture areas, boosting fodder storage to help last through long, harsh winters.

Climate change and weather disasters add to their difficulties, causing many to give up herding. Our aid gives them a better chance of holding on to their fragile way of life.

Founded in 2001, it was then known as Cambridge Mongolian Disaster Appeal. It brought aid to poor nomadic herders hit by savage winter storms that killed huge numbers of livestock leaving thousands of herder families in poverty and distress, many forced to give up and live in urban slum conditions.

In following years we focused on aid to help sustain the herders’ fragile way of life, by steadily refurbishing/replacing hundreds of out of use wells left after the country’s democratic transition.

Another project helps boost their hay crops with mechanised equipment. Winters are long and very harsh needing good supplies of fodder to last until Spring.

These fundamental measures help sustain some of the many poor/low income herder families that make up around 25% of the population.

Charity No: 1086778

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