New Choice is a non-governmental and non-profit organization based in Ulaanbaatar that is looking for volunteers to participate in their many projects based around helping the Mongolian community.
Founded in 2004 by Bayarjargal D, New Choice is a new organizational member of UCPSARnet. Their mission is to "improve the conditions of, and advance in life, impoverished and orphanaged children by promoting and protecting their physical and mental well-being, and furthering their education through the provision of facilities and services, with a vision of their becoming active and valued members of society". This organization is empowered solely by volunteers. So there are a number of ways for you or anyone you know to get involved with their cause.
New Choice enriches the lives of the Mongolia community by providing a number of vital programs that may be fulfilled by anyone who has a passion to help.The first program focuses in providing the vulnerable children of Mongolia with an education system that gives them liberation from a live immersed in poverty and exploitation. While they give particular emphasis on teaching the children about health matters, this program is all about broadening the perspective of children who come from poor communities. The second service that New Choice provides is health care. The current doctor to patient ratio in Mongolia is about 1 to 750. New Choice seeks to address this problem by placing doctors, nurses, and medical schools students in hospitals and medial centers through out the country. They are looking more particularly for Internists, Urologists, Surgeons, Oncologists, Opthamologists, Nurses and Dentists. Due to the estimated 780,000 people in Mongolia who are currently living in extremely poor conditions, the third project of New Choice focuses on improving homes and building new ones. Any volunteer can participate in this. The most successful and popular of the projects is the Summer Camp that New Choice puts on. The goal of this is to teach children skills and abilities that they will be able to use later in life in a more relaxed environment. Not only does New Choice accomplish all of these projects through out the year but they are constantly building new projects, like Day Care Centres and a Mobile Clinic Service where their goal is to take "hospital to home".
For those of you who find the mission and projects of New Choice to be important and inspiring, this organization is constantly accepting anyone who wants to be a volunteer for a minimum of one moth up to three months. They also have long term placement that extends to about a year of service. The program fee is anywhere from $945 to $2045. You can find more information about food, accommodation, travel expenses, health insurance, and the program schedule by visitng the New Choice website. To apply you must also visit the website under "Get Involved".
For those of you who do not wish to volunteer for New Choice, you can still donate some of your funds to support the cause. Due to the fact that New Choice is a charitable organization, it relies wholly upon donations on personal and corporate levels. You can make a single donation or contribute through a monthly direct debit plan.
New Choice for Mongolia is proudly working towards the MDG's through constructive programs that give the individual the opportunity to really make a meaningful and productive difference in other communities. This is just another, of many, organizations that are looking for people who want to combine their passion with action.