One of the primary goals of the Mongol Rally is to raise money for charities around the world. We raised money to support two charities which help children in need: S.O.S. Children’s Villages and The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, which you can read about on our Charities page. Additionally, our vehicle was donated to Adventures for Development Mongolia at the end of the Rally, where it was auctioned off to support the people of Mongolia.
Everyone who donated on our behalf also got to “adopt” a rubber ducky, which we gave to a child we met along the way. Check out the Duckies page to see where all of the duckies ended up!
We are proud to have donated over $8,000 to charities. Thank you to all of our sponsors!
S.O.S. Children’s Villages
S.O.S. Children’s Villages is the world’s largest charity that helps orphaned and underprivileged children, by establishing orphanages known as “villages” where children can be raised to their maximum potential.
Since its founding in 1949, S.O.S. Children’s Villages has expanded to 500 villages in 132 countries, including the United States. They are currently raising over 80,000 children in their villages and through many education, family strengthening, medical, and outreach programs, they impact the lives of over 1 million people each year.
Children who have been abandoned or orphaned come to SOS Children’s Villages where they are integrated into a loving family environment. They are nurtured and supported by an SOS Mother and up to 15 other children in their SOS home who become their SOS brothers and sisters. Strong bonds develop within these “SOS families”, and even after the children are grown and leave the village, these family relationships endure.
The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation
The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation is an International Partnership “dedicated to serving underprivileged children with the hope of helping each child maximize their life potential.” The Foundation works to ensure that children have access to have access to basic care and educational opportunities. The programs include: emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, educational and vocational training and job placement.
We chose Christina Noble because of its work directly with families in Mongolia. Their “Give a Ger” program provides housing for poor families throughout Mongolia, which is famous for having some of the harshest winters in the world. Gers are a traditional form of one-room Mongolian house, used by the nomadic people who live throughout the country.
The videos below explain the Give a Ger program, as well as some of the other work that the Foundation does in Mongolia.
Thank you to everyone who donated to these charities on our behalf!