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School pickup in Mongolia

In the large yurt districts surrounding Ulaan Baator, several dozen deaf and dumb children were not receiving any schooling because they could not afford to go to the capital’s specialized schools. Led by parent groups, this project offered two buses to solve this problem.

Project value: CHF 36,645

Funds: Stéphane Guy Croisier Foundation, Services Industriels de Genève, own funds of the Mongolian Projects Association and the UPAM.

This project was proposed by the Mongolian Projects Association (APM). It is the leaders of this organization who have been asked to intervene on behalf of deaf and dumb children. The various possibilities for assistance were studied during the winter of 2007-08. In the spring, a joint action was decided.

The final project was decided by the headmaster of school 29 in Ulaanbaatar during a mission in May 2008: two mini-school buses are sufficient to enable the approximately 80 deaf and dumb children to follow the 11-year school programme. The first bus and the costs it generates were provided in the autumn of 2008; the second bus started operating at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.

In 2010, the project successfully passed the empowerment phase. Indeed, the two buses providing access to special education for deaf and dumb children in Ulaanbaatar are well maintained and do their job well; parents contribute to each other to finance fuel costs and the school pays for salaries and bus maintenance costs.