From the Field

A day in the life of a sponsored child in Mongolia

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for 12-year-old Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
To get to her home, you have to drive a long way through the Mongolian countryside …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… past eagles …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and camels …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… stallions and mares …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and herds of yaks …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and then you’ll meet Dulamsuren, a 12-year-old sponsored child.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
This is her family, from left to right: her dad, Boldbaatar; Dulamsuren; mom, Dolgosuren; grandmother, Surenkhorloo; and brother, Baasanjav. The family is nomadic herders in Mongolia’s vast steppes.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
Several years ago, the family woke up after a terrible blizzard and found most of their animals frozen to death. World Vision came and brought them 20 sheep, provided by generous donors through the World Vision Gift Catalog.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
Now, when they go to sleep at night in their ger (tent) …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… they wake up at sunrise surrounded by their hundreds of sheep, goats, yak, and horses.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
Taking care of all the animals keeps Dulamsuren’s family busy.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
Dulamsuren starts each morning helping milk the goats …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… caring for the yaks …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and milking them too.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
The milk is churned into butter …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and then dried to eat and sell.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
Other chores include fetching water with her grandmother.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
One of Dulamsuren’s extra-special friends is World Vision’s Nasanbayar, the staff member who helped the family get the 20 sheep.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
Nasanbayar loves to help Dulamsuren milk the goats …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and helps her carry the heavy pails …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… back to the family’s ger.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
They like to play a game called shagai (ankle bones) together …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… and Nasanbayar helps Dulamsuren braid her hair.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
But they especially like to look over Dulamsuren’s “dream book” …

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
… where she writes that she wants to become a teacher someday.

 

Yaks, gers, camels, chores, and school — all part of daily life for Dulamsuren, a World Vision sponsored child in Mongolia.
And she can. Dulamsuren’s future is bright and secure — just like her warm winter deel, lined with wool from the sheep World Vision provided for her family.

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