Mongolia Volunteering trip – August 2013

Mongolia Volunteering Trip - August 2013

“Our lives may never cross again because many children may be forced to work in order to help sustain their family. But one thing we could leave with them throughout their lifetime is love. So having that in mind, our team left each of the children, not only gift bags, but words of encouragement and love that was specifically to the children in our families.”

It was my first time going to Mongolia. I have always had a heart for orphans. Didn’t know what to expect, I went in a group of twenty people with a passion to build relationships. I knew nothing about Mongolia or the children there, but I knew one thing – they are fearfully made, just like you and I.

We arrived to the campsite where we would be spending a week’s time with them in activities and spend time together. They were waiting for us to begin celebrating the Naadam festival. (Naadam festival is where the Mongolian males would compete in wrestling, horse racing and archery. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.) I saw the strength the boys exhibited in their wrestling competition and the girls performed beautiful dancing. Their talents amazed me and I knew right there that they are really precious.

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Soon after, we got into our “families” of about ten children. We would be with our families for the rest of the week. I felt estranged because two of the older girls, Tsuwdaa and Mira, were quite distant and I had a feeling that they did not want to befriend with us. Later, I found out that they had been so used to people coming and going in their lives that they did not want to build relationships. This really saddened me. Other younger children bonded with us very quickly.

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Throughout the week, we organized many activities such as hikes to pick strawberries, bonfire dancing, nail painting, horseback riding, free time to just play, etc. I learned about the lives of many of the children with the help of our translators. Our lives crossed from across the globe and it was a week of memory about laughter and hugs and kisses.

Slowly, even the older two girls joined in and opened up their hearts. To my amazement, they even apologized for treating us cold at the beginning. That really touched my heart because it meant that they trusted us. They learned to play ukulele from me and they braided my hair. We just exchanged many good memories together. I was really encouraged by how strong they are because even though they have many life challenges, they are able to smile and keep going. Sometimes they lack confidence because they have been abandoned, but when we told them about their strengths and talents, they face just glowed with happiness. Sometimes, we just need someone to look into our eyes and tell us that “I believe in you”.

On the first day, the missionary there told us that even though our team would only be there for a short time, but it could be the only sweet memories that they have when they look back into their childhood. Our lives may never cross again because many children may be forced to work in order to help sustain their family. But one thing we could leave with them throughout their lifetime is love. So having that in mind, our team left each of the children, not only gift bags, but words of encouragement and love that was specifically to the children in our families. I don’t know if their lives would be changed because of one week of time together, but I do know that they were at least loved for one more week by someone.

ONE WATCH ONE HOUR

One Watch One Hour - Volunteering @ JLife One Watch One Hour - Volunteering @ JLife

In light of Moment Watches’ Vision, we started our commitment to the ONE WATCH ONE HOUR campaign.

From 2017, each WATCH received by our customers, we will spend one HOUR with the poor and needy in our local communities. We also engage our resources to bring financial help as well as Love & Care to those in need.

MW will cooperate with NGOs to provide fresh meals, drinks, clothes and daily essentials to those in need. WE HAVE COMMITTED TO 1,414 HOURS OF VOLUNTEERING ALREADY!

One Watch One Hour - Volunteering @ JLife

MW helps with meals distribution to over 150 elders each month. We cherish our time spent with those in need. Time that can not be purchased by money. Love that is irreplaceable.