ADRA calls out individuals, which seem unqualified, and empowers them so they become capable of accomplishments we would have never even imagined.
Receiving a call to work as a Country Director in the field of ADRA Mongolia overwhelmed my family and me with a lot of questions and thoughts. Just like any other call, going to a country that you’ve never visited before, meeting and working with a group of people that you’ve never met, and getting accustomed to a fully new culture are all transitions that can be quite difficult.
However, our transition to Ulanbaatar, despite the frigid temperatures, has been warm and welcoming. I now work with qualified and committed professionals that have not only helped our transition to go smoothly, but also equipped me with the right tools to assist in leading ADRA.
ADRA in Mongolia recently celebrated 20 years of service in the country. At the same time, this has enabled my work to be more accessible. With over 200 projects executed in the country, ADRA is by far one of the most well-known INGOs in Mongolia. Various government institutions in Mongolia have allowed us to work side by side with them on some different projects.This allows us to continue “changing lives – one life at a time” through positive collaboration.
In constructing one of my needs-assessments, through visiting the countryside in western Mongolia (UV Aimag), I noticed that there was a greenhouse near the Red Mountains that was very well kept. After visiting it and inquiring what their “key to success” was, they shared that ADRA had selected them 20 years ago as a beneficiary and had trained them about different health benefits. Today, the leader of the household and most members of his family use the greenhouse as a major source of income and has an added healthy nutritional input for their home.
In the following years, it is my goal to consolidate our organization as a reliable partner in macro financing, health, DRR, Organic Agriculture and Permaculture and much more. I would love to continue participating in the implementation of the Children’s Law, which focuses on advocating for disabled children in the country.
There are many tasks and dreams at hand, and there is no doubt in my mind that we, as an ADRA family in Mongolia, will be able to accomplish it all with the help of God by our side.