The last day in Mongolia

We bought lots of souvenirs in the centre of Ulaanbaatar in the morning, and then had a dinner in a restaurant later with the staff from Save The Children and also members of a child protection programme, who were mostly children themselves.

The programme is to protect children from violence, abuse and neglect. It also helps to get families back together but this is difficult with street children because soon after the hard of work of reuniting the child with his or her family, it is likely for the familiy to have problems again, and the child is soon living out on the street once again. A viscous cycle. The members of the child protection programme had done a survey and written a report on child protection in Mongolia. We had a quick look at the report and all of it was extremely shocking. When i read how high the figures were for sexual and physical abuse I had to hold in my sadness and anger. It’s very good that attention has been brought to this sensitive issue by the child protection prgramme, and i really respect them for all the work they have already done, and the work they will continue to do to make a difference to children’s lives.

In Mongolia Save The Children UK are handing over to Save The Children Japan, partly to do with the recession, as less people are donating or are donating less money in the UK. This just means Mongolia will be recieving donations from Japan instead of The Uk, as the people working for Save The Children in Mongolia will be the same, and the same projects, including the one to help disbaled children will continue.

The flight home was long, especially because we had to wait for ten hours in seoul to get the next flight to london, but we got home safely, happy to see our family. Saying goodbye to Philippa was upsetting because we’ve had such a fantastic time with her, but we are sure we will see her again sometime.

Back at Home

As soon as i walked into my bedroom I realised how much stuff i have that i really do not need! I compared this to the first family we saw, who lived in a room smaller than my bedroom, with 2 beds between the 3 of them, with few possessions, and living in poverty. I felt absolutely aweful. I’ve now decided I am going to raise as much money as i can for Save The Children to help people living like the first family I’d seen.

I’d like to thank Save The Children for this amazing and lifechanging experience- I’ll never forget it:). I’ve learn’t so much going to Mongolia. It has really encouraged me to help people more. It has made me really understand how privaledged we are, and made me become more thankful for the basic things we have such as water, food and shelter. I’ve learnt that it is impossible to help absolutely everyone in the world that needs help, but we can still help some of them. I admire everyone from Save The Children, and people who work for other charities and organisations, for the amazing work they do, which changes lives dramtically.

I’d like to thank everyone that’s been following this blog! Thank you for all the comments! I’m so pleased by how many people have been interested in what we’ve been to see, and I really hope you have been inspiried by this project as much as I have:)

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  • Deborah Jones

    Kayleigh…(and Michaela) your blogs have been both very touching and inspiring. Marco and I also want to do something to help the children of Mongolia and we intend to set something in place. Please keep us updated of what you are going to do now…as you have our full support. I am wondering if we should contact Save the Children Japan…or whether funds can be allocated as we wish.

    Welcome home! It’s really good to know you are all safely back. Will discuss the issues raised and see how we can best join the cause and help the vulnerable out there who so desperately need it.

    Auntie Debs

    xx

  • Philippa

    Hi Kayleigh,

    I think I felt a bit like you did when I got home. I just sat down in my sitting room and was just a bit taken aback by how much “stuff” I’ve got that I really don’t need….

    So, we’ve got to turn those thoughts into some really positive action! I loved your ideas of doing something to raise money for children around the world and I look forward to talking over the next few days with you and Michaela and getting something fab arranged and answering Debs questions as well. I’ll help however I can!

    Philippa x

  • Kath Lipscomb

    Thankyou so much for your wonderful descriptions Kayleigh – you have both described your trip in such a humane vivid way that we have really gained an insight into life in Mongolia. I do hope that you go on to have more adventures in the future.
    It is REALLY fantastic to have you all home safe and sound again and we look forward very much to seeing the pictures and hearing more about it.
    Lots of love from us all, Auntie Kath

  • Anita - Your Cousin from America

    I’m glad you and your sister are back home safe. It sounds like you had an eye-opening and fascinating experience. I have really looked forward to reading both of your blogs, its truly inspiring to hear how much good you, your family and the whole Save the Children Orginization is doing to make a difference.

  • Sharon

    Hello Kayleigh and Michaela
    Wow! Your trip was amazing, what a life-changing experience. I “travelled” for the first time aged 48 and like you I found it overwhelming when I returned home. It’s refreshing to find that I don’t waste money on things I don’t need anymore. My trip inspired me to change my outlook on life and I now work for Save the Children! I wish I’d done it years ago. It makes me realise that we can all do a little to make such a big difference to so many. It’s wonderful that you had the chance to experience Mongolia with your grandparents – I admire them for their stamina! We are so lucky at Save the Children to have such positive thinking supporters who will take their enthusiasm forward. Good luck with your future, I think this trip is just the beginning.

  • Rebecca Tidey

    Welcome home from all of us here in Scotland and thank you for letting us share in you trip.

    You may have heard this story before:
    As I walked on the beach one morning, I saw a young man picking up starfish from the sand and flinging them back into the sea. ‘If I don’t save them, they will die in the noonday sun,’ he said.
    But there are thousands of starfish on this beach. What difference does it make to save just a few?’
    He looked down at the starfish in his hand and flung it to safety in the waves. ‘It makes a big difference to this one.’

    Love from all of us,

    Auntie Becs

  • Claudia jones

    Fantastic Blogs Kayleigh. What you learnt from you trip is so important as not only did it inspire you, but your knowledge inspires others.
    I run a Performing Arts school in Hackney and we are going to do a play based on some of your experiences and stories to raise money for save the children as part of black History month. Although many of the children i work wth are in difficult situations, they have no idea how others the same age and younger are in a worse situation.
    Well done to you. Glad that you are all home safely. Lots of love

    your cousin claudia