Wells: From 2011 onwards this project expanded beyond our traditional Gobi Desert provinces where shallow wells have been provided annually since 2002. We had become aware of livestock watering problems in the northern province of Khuvsgul, more to do with climate change and transhumance patterns differing from the norm. During 2011 with funding by JCT (Jephcott Charitable Trust) 15 wells were refurbished or newly dug spread among three sums greatly helping to reduce the demand on other limited watering resources in their vicinity. 20 more were placed in 2012, 15 again funded by JCT and 5 by CAMDA.
For Gobi provinces, Dundgobi received 10 funded by SPANA and 3 by Franciscan Aid. A further 10 were split with 5 each to Ovorkhangai and Gobisumber provinces thanks to a further grant provided by The Waterloo Foundation.
Grass Cutting Equipment: Two tractors equipped for grass cutting were given to herder groups in the northern pasture-rich province of Tuv. One was funded by HRF-ESA - the Humanitarian Relief Fund arm of the European Space Agency. They came to our assistance during the 2010 dzud disaster, and again in 2011 by supporting our vet work. The second tractor was from our own funds.
Conservation: Following the success of its trial by us in 2011, Gobi Oasis has become an important addition to our traditional development aid by bringing much needed support to this conservation project in Mandalgobi, the chief town of Dundgobi province. It has been run by Byamba Tseyen for many years, growing drought-resistant trees and shrubs from seeds and saplings, nurturing them in harsh conditions, before replanting them in areas desperate for their use as defence against desertification.
In addition to this conservation work in 2011 was a pilot project growing a selection of root vegetables such as potatoes, onions and turnips. In spite of the extremely hot and dry conditions found in this region, only with much care and hard work did useful crops come to be harvested. These were made available to local people, providing a beneficial supplement to their mainly meat diet. The project also provides seasonal work in an area of high unemployment.
A grant given by Franciscan Aid in 2011 helped keep this small but important project alive, supplemented by our own funding, and in 2012 again thanks to Franciscan Aid a similar scheme took place but with an extension for Byamba to provide a plot of land for 5 local families to 'grow their own' veg. They were provided with seeds, fertiliser and water and with her expert guidance managed their own 'allotment' over the summer months. This was no ordinary allotment, rather a seemingly impossible location for vegetable growing in the extreme heat and arid soil of Gobi Desert terrain.
In addition to the planting of some 1,300 tree seeds and saplings, the vegetable project produced a healthy 750 kgs of potatoes, 25 kgs of carrots and 25 kgs of onions.
Further details of these projects can be found on our Projects Page. Please DONATE your support to this valuable work to help us continue providing aid on behalf of low income herding communities whose only way of life is blighted by harsh living conditions.
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Project Results for 2012
Our projects programme was successfully completed, with each of its three projects - Wells, Grass Cutting Tractors and Gobi Oasis having achieved the plans as set out early in the year.
All were largely funded by external grants and we were fortunate in securing enough to fully implement the three projects. Further provisions were supplemented from our own funds to add five wells, one tractor, and a top-up grant to the Gobi Oasis project which again this year included a unique vegetable growing scheme.
Providing aid to Mongolia's nomadic herding families
C A M D A
Cambridge Mongolia Development Appeal
Charity No: 1086778