EMERGENCY RESPONSE 

Save the Children assists with emergency relief when a disaster strikes Mongolia. It responded to the Dzud disasters in 1999-2000 and 2010-2011 and the last two years, when Mongolia suffered from harsh winters with heavy snow and freezing temperatures followed by dry summers. During these difficult times, Save the Children has provided emergency relief to herder households, schools and kindergartens that were identified as the most vulnerable groups.


Dzuds 2015-16 and 2016-17

In response to Dzuds in the winters of 2015-16 and 2016-17, Save the Children carried out rapid needs assessments based on the needs of government and non-government organizations, soum authorities and herders. Relief activities assisting herders to maintain their livelihoods are continuing in Spring and Summer of 2017.

EMERGENCY RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN OF HERDERS 2015-16

Funds of US$1.2m raised by Save the Children:

  • Provided winter clothes, hygiene kits and warm blankets to 1,197 children of 15 boarding schools and female-headed households in 10 soums of Uvurkhangai province.
  • Enabled 2,006 children studying in 15 schools of 10 soums in Uvurkhangai and Arkhangai provinces to receive Psychosocial First Aid.
  • Provided grants to 7 schools in 5 soums of Arkhangai province to cover heating fuel costs.
  • Provided financial support for teachers in 10 soums of Arkhangai and Uvurkhangai provinces to deliver compensatory classes to 2,431 children who missed school because of the Dzud.
  • Distributed cash grants to 1,063 children from 646 herder households to pay for their educational items.
  • Provided financial support for training and capacity building on school-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) in 25 schools of Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Sukhbaatar and Dornod provinces.

HEALTH SERVICE ASSISTANCE FOR HERDERS

  • Distributed work grants to local authorities of 10 soums in Arkhangai and Sukhbaatar provinces to remove 42,729 livestock carcasses resulting from the Dzud.
  • Provided grants for fuel and ambulance repair costs to outreach health centers in Tsakhir, Tariat and Khangai Soums of Arkhangai province, and in Tuvshinshiree, Bayandelger, Asgat, Ongon, Dariganga, Sukhbaatar and Naran soums of Sukhbaatar province. The grants were to help facilitate two preventative health examinations, one vaccination session and one pregnancy check-up for 7,590 herder households living in the most remote baghs.

FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR HERDERS

  • Distributed food packages to 1,371 households in 11 soums of Bayankhongor and Arkhangai provinces.

RESTOCKING ASSISTANCE FOR HERDERS

  • Supported 70 herder households in Tuvshinshiree, Bayandelger, Ongon and Naran of Sukhbaatar province with Save the Children’s restocking project.

HERDERS’ LIVELIHOOD PROTECTION

  • Distributed fodder packages to 1,374 herder households and provided cash assistance to 637 herder households in the abovementioned 10 soums.
  • Provided 776 herder households in the 7 target soums of Sukhbaatar province with veterinary packages, consisting of multivitamins, vaccines, mineral licks, syringes, needles as well as handbooks, titled “Guidelines for Weak Animal Care”.