Motivate for Mongolia

$660 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 41 months
My wife and I have lived in rifle Colorado for 10 years. We have two young sons of eight and four years. We have been selected to do some volunteer work in Mongolia both teaching English and assisting in rangeland management promoting best practices. Though we are being permitted to leave from our positions from work we will be doing so without pay. Our entire family of four is embarking on this humanitarian effort. We are sort of racing against the clock as it would have us leaving in 30 days from today! My wife and I are extremely involved with our communities ( i.e. church 4H volunteering ) and projects nationally as well as internationally , so this would be something that we would come back and share at many levels. Thank you for considering your donation to this mission. Any amount will help!
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Hello friends, It is hard to believe we are at the end of our time here. Things went too quickly! We had an amazing cultural experience; each one of the four of us. Here are some of things we were able to do while here in country(taken from a report that I provided to the Director/s), that your support helped make to happen :

-Teaching English to Music, PreSchool, History, and Ecology students (21 credit hours, approximately 80 students)
-Teaching of 6th grade to 12th grade students in Bastama private school (husband Gregorio Rios; taught approximately 250-300 students)
-Conducted English class for teachers (as many as 10 on occasion) twice per week.
-Conducted an English book club for English teachers (7 teachers) including 4 Bastama teachers.
-English club held on Fridays in the Park.
-An environmental cleanup of Khovd River including 60 students, 4 teachers, 10 community members and media
-Completed and implemented temporary registration and use of the English library books and media.
Approximately 75 students and teachers borrowed books in this time period. We began library hours for the students and connected the program with Peace Corps to help staff the center until full time staff can be coordinated. Began a student study group Mondays at 3pm; students helping students struggling in English or in other classes.
-Health and Wellness class (Greg Rios) with CPR, and a Yoga class(Lydia) with the Youth Development Center.
-Volunteer with Voice of the Children (at the Eagle Festival) and help advise and guide toward opportunities for support for disabled children.
-Help, organize, and support in Halloween party and English competition for English classes. Over 100 students were present and participated.
-We started a website design investigation and recommendations with University tech; and website translation to English (in process).
-Completed various translations/proof reading for individual teachers and for the department; also helped with professional email correspondence.
-Provided professional observation and recommendation to program for staffing, ideas, projects and partnerships.
-An interview was organized of an agricultural NGO manager for interest in cooperating future work for rangeland managers and pastoralists; for improving management strategies to help with overall local environmental health.
-Visited clinic in countryside for sharing information to teachers and local professionals. Donations of about 12 chalkboards and 50 mattresses were donated from the Swiss program that we were representing.
-Outreach to 10 other foreigners, as well as locals and schools, living on location to investigate future work opportunities and cooperatives.
-Coordination in UB with an NGO in rangeland management work, Mongolian-Turkish college, and another NGO for funding for a new dormitory. Provided support for meetings and emails regarding dormitory construction and funding. (WE GOT THE APPROVAL ON NOV 24 FROM GIVE2ASIA FOR FUNDING FOR THE DORMITORY!!!)
-Planning pen pals with 3rd grade at Cactus Valley Elementary, CO with 5th-6th grade Bastama as well as local library in Olgii with our community library in Rifle. Possible program for this between this college and mountain college of Colorado.

There are so many things that we learned about ourselves and this culture that they are impossible to list them all. A major part of this community is their Islamic religion. We found them to be the most loving, hardworking, hospitable and respectful people. One important message that we want to share given these times of confusion during periods of terrorism is to remember to not blame an entire group of people based on a smaller portion, usually based on information you hear in the media that may be misunderstood.

And finally, Dante and Alex ultimately speak more Kazakh than we do with about 20 words in their vocabulary, 4 phrases, and counting to ten. This trip was culturally most difficult for them and we as parents are soooo proud them!!!!

We will be posting photos on facebook over the next 2 week period (or let us know if you prefer a photo separately)!

Love and thanks for your support!

Salud y paz, Familia Rios
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Saliem (hello) friends! We are happy and well in Olgii. Some of our recent work here includes: helping a new grassroots organization (Voice of the children) that brings awareness and raises money for costs to disabled children and their families in this community as there is no government support for these children; organizing a community River clean up focusing on garbage along the Khovd River including 60 of our college students and local media; beginning use of the check out system for the English college library; and spending time with local families learning about their challenges in their community. Health issues are a great concern here including iron deficiencies among other things. Please see our Facebook page under Gregorio Rios for more stories and photos. Saubol (see you)! Familia Rios
Bayan Olgii branch of Khovd University College students solicit help from their community to clean up their River! Greg and the boys proudly participate!
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Hello friends and family! We are posting this update from the corner of our flat in Ulgii in the far West of Mongolia. A town of a 28 thousand people, boardering Russia and China, this is an area unlike the rest of Mongolia with a heavy Kazakhstan influence. We are teaching 25 English classes between Greg and I; I at a public University and Greg at local elementary school. The boys attend a Turkish kindergarten school and home school with us. Things are going well and we are very blessed. Challenges: the 3 day bus trip here on a dirt road with 3 break downs, food with few options and a mutton diet and horse meat, uncomfortable sleeping conditions, walking everywhere in tight time-frame, and limited computer access. Blessings: accommodating and hospitable people, hot water shower (finally), eager hard-working people and children, and beautiful countryside. We hope to update you more often now that we are settling in but thanks for you patience. Thanks to all of you for your support and to all teachers around the world as we now better understand their challenges. Raghmet! (thank you in Kazakhstan) and please continue sharing this request as your donations help with our projects here! (español en Facebook muy pronto) familia Rios
Ulgii elementary/high school 9.21.15
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Thank you very much to everyone who has been supportive to us. We are really excited about this trip. We are doing great and getting ready to fly to South Korea from Seattle in 20 minutes. So far so good! We'll update you via Facebook with more details and pictures so please friend Gregorio Rios.
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$660 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 41 months
Created July 26, 2015
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40 months ago
Cara Munson
40 months ago

Love you guys, good luck!

40 months ago
Kate Leibinger
40 months ago

Good luck!

Annie Mayo
40 months ago

Awesome you guys. Much love.

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