After-School Care and Enrichment Program
Hailaast, one of the poorer communities in Mongolia.
Good Neighbor Society's new community center in Hailaast.
Providing a warm environment conducive for study.
Extra-curricular activities to help enrich children's lives.
By A Web Design
Commencing the first week of January 2012, we have been running an After-School Care and Enrichment Program at our community center at Hailaast. Working with 60 children selected from the community, we prepare and provide lunch and a warm place conducive for study and interaction with their peers.
“An investment into a child’s future, helps to bring richness and meaning to his life.”
In most countries, homes would probably be the best place for children to study after school. However, Mongolia has long cold winters from October to April with temperatures dipping to an average of -30 degrees. Many homes, especially in Hailaast, are not heated throughout the day due to financial constraints.
Since the community center has the capacity to handle up to 100 children, we also open the center and its facitlies to other children from the community would like study there.
In addition to being able to use the center’s library resources, children needing help with school curriculum receive tuition from volunteer teachers. We hope to be able to provide extra-curricular activities, such as art and music, in the near future to further enrich the children.
How You Can Help
The After-School Care and Enrichment Program welcomes contributions from individuals and organizations that would like to partner with us to make a real difference in this community. Regular needs include:
- Food supplies
- Library books and materials
- Classroom furniture
- Coal for heating
- Art and musical supplies
- Facilitator’s salaries
If you want to make a difference through teaching and nurturing children, volunteer teachers, caregivers, and enrichment program planners are welcome too.