Supporting Bright Light

The Bristol 403 “Bulldog” supports a great cause.

1. Charity Begins at Home …… in the ger!

2. Bright Light Centre Programme

Charity Begins at Home …… in the ger!

Paul and Sebastian are calling on friends, family, and those who just stumble onto this site, to consider donating to the Bright Light Organisation in Mongolia.

Partaking in a car rally is highly exciting, and very, very indulgent. One could be selfless and, instead of rallying, donate to others who have less opportunity. We chose both, and hope that by drawing attention to our adventure we can also contribute to helping those who don’t get to do car rallies, people who get few indulgent choices in life.

Why the Bright Light Centre? Well, it so happens Paul has (in spirit) ‘adopted’ a wonderful Mongolian couple, Bukhu and Chimka, who live in Sydney. CLICK HERE for more on their first encounter.

Through Bukhu, Paul became acquainted with Munkhchuluun Ganburged, Bukhu’s sister, and the work she was doing as the main organiser of Bright Light. Despite being dealt a rough deal herself, she has been a bright light for those less lucky. For Munkhchuluun’s story CLICK HERE.

The Bright Light Organisation aims to support disadvantaged females in a very practical way, by teaching them life skills. Whilst female education is not unusual in Mongolia, there are those less fortunate who miss out for all the usual reasons – poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and mental illness etc, etc … and there is no government safety net.

We want to help, and have set up a Donate Button below (active link to Donate button). The aim is to raise $10,000AUD, which will be used over 18 months to help about 380 women and girls. Most are in single-parent households, with 980 dependent children, living in the Ger district (i.e. the shanty towns, or slums). And whilst a ‘ger’ or ‘yurt’ is delightfully romantic and appropriate for the countryside, when in an urban setting, without infrastructure, living cheek by jowl, ger life is far short of idyllic.

Similar programmes have been run by the Bright Light Organisation for five years, allowing women and girls with little money and no prospects, to earn an independent living, giving them the chance to save for the future. Giving them hope.

Munkhchuluun has explained the background and outlined a programme with timetable and budget CLICK HERE for more information on the Bright Light programme. Wages are minimal, as many of the staff, including Munkhchuluun, are voluntary. Childcare is a cost because most of the women could not partake otherwise.

There are so many charities to donate to, why this one? Because…we’re never going to ask you again!!!! …and it’s a good politically correct cause …and you’ll feel even more generous because it’s not tax deductible …and when Paul’s happy, Sebastian is happy, and when Sebastian is happy, the Bristol 403 is happy. And we want the Bristol 403 – “Silvia” – to help make the women of Mongolia happier too.

Thank you!

Donate here

 

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Bright Light Organisation – a non-profit organisation

Project: “Together Developing Life Skills ” or “Together Khogjiye” in Mongolian

AIM: to help 380 disadvantaged women/girls, and their 986 children, become more independent through new skills and knowledge.

DURATION OF PROJECT: 1½ years (Jan 2016 to June 2017)

BUDGET: 10,000 USD (= 15,000AUD)

ORGANISERS:

G.Munkhchuluun:        Project leader / Director of Bright Light Centre

D.Dulmaa:                   Project Coordinator /Family Development Programme Officer

Delgermaa:                  Child Development Programme Officer

Ts.Myagmarsüren:     Volunteer

BACKGROUND

Since the 1990s politics and society in Mongolia have dramatically changed, becoming more democratic and humanitarian. As a result there has been significant improvements in living conditions and opportunities. However, whilst the population generally has benefitted, it has led to a wider gap between the rich and the poor.

Not surprisingly, many of those disadvantaged are from single parent female-headed households, orphaned children, the elderly and the disabled.

The “Together Developing Life Skills” Project has worked with around 3000 socially, emotionally and economically disadvantaged women/girls helping them gain social and work-related skills. Of these females:

2700 women/girls lived below the poverty line.

1200 with disabilities

1859 were female-headed single-parent households

2280 women had more than 3 children

1685 women could not find work because of lack of education. Mongolia places much value on higher education, especially for females, so those females without degrees have few opportunities.

380 have continued their association with the Bright Light Organisation, some now in leadership roles.

It’s not only the lack of opportunities, education, disability that prevents these women/girls from finding employment, but emotional issues, lack of a social network, lack of confidence worsen their situation. Also, there is no pension for those who retire without any savings.

THE PROJECT –

Based on the participants’ ability and interests, the Organisation will help set up a system to teach participants how to manufacture goods, which are often arts and crafts, how to sell them and how to save money. The aim is that with their improved independence, they can then contribute back to society.

Funds rely on the organisers lobbying peak NGOs (non-government organisations), particularly those who support women’s rights, and also seeking any private sponsorship. Unfortunately there is no government assistance.

Lack of money is the main obstacle to the success of the project. Whilst there are “staff “ to teach the skills, starting materials and equipment need to be bought. Also lack of childcare can prevent women from participating.

PROJECT ACTION PLAN

The project will be done in 3 stages:

STAGE 1: PREPARATION

TO DO ACTION DATE
Decide what to make

Draft out designs

Do a budget

Ts Myagmarsuren

G Ganchuluun

D Dulmaa

3/1/16 – 30/6/16
Research starting materials + equipment and where to buy them G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

T Delgermaa

3/1/16 – 30/6/16

 

STAGE 2: IMPLEMENTATION

TO DO ACTION DATE
Teaching participants how to make items, and how to sell items, including maintaining high quality.

Explain how to budget

G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

T Delgermaa

 

2016-2017
e.g. Teaching beadwork and how it can be used to embroider and decorate knitwear.

Teaching how to achieve fast sales turnover by making goods people want.

Ts Myagmarsuren

G Ganchuluun

2016-2017
e.g. Teaching paper craft e.g. the art of paper cuttings which are a Mongolian tradition G.Munkhchuluun 2016-2017
 

Organisers to do online marketing and sales of women’s crafts

G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

T Delgermaa

Ts Myagmarsuren

 

2016-2017

Participate in exhibitions and trade fairs held at public events G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

T Delgermaa

2016-2017
Set up bank accounts for participants to deposit money. Aim to keep 10% profit as savings. G.Munkhchuluun

Ts Myagmarsuren

G Ganchuluun

2016-2017
Set up child care facilities and train younger women in child care procedures G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

T Delgermaa

2016-2017

STAGE 3: CONTROL ?

TO DO ACTION DATE
Report quarterly, both verbally and in hard copy to sponsors, organisers, participants, general public G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

quarterly
Final project and financial report to sponsors, organisers, participants, general public G.Munkhchuluun

D Dulmaa

July 17
Evaluation of project Organisers

Participants

Sponsors

July 17

PROJECT LEGACY

  • Participating communities to gain more self confidence, and ability to overcome any difficulties
  • Inspire the initiative to be innovative
  • Improve social interactions
  • Team work for problem-solving
  • Understanding need for quality assurance, and diversity of products
  • Appreciate that customer loyalty aids financial security
  • Permanent work
  • Increased household incomes
  • More optimistic futures
  • Participants become independent.
  • Improved financial security
  • Establishment of childcare facilities, or at least communities where children feel safe without parents.

BUDGET