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Jamts' story: the blessing of home

Man lying on bed with three grandchildrenJamts is 83 years old and his bright eyes twinkle with life, although he is bed ridden after various strokes left his right side paralysed. Despite his condition, Jamts emanates dignity and commands great respect.

Jamts lives with his daughter and five grandchildren. Until recently, this large family did not have a home of their own. In May, they were identified as one of the most vulnerable families in the Baganuur district of Ulaanbaatar and the Mongolian Red Cross gave the family a ger tent to live in.

Jamts and his family are some of the Baganuur residents who have benefited from the new injection of funding into the social care programme from the Land Rover G4 Challenge partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Circle of poverty

Jamts is very appreciative when he speaks about the Red Cross. “I can not express how grateful I am. Having our own home is such a blessing. We promise to take very good care of this precious gift.”

Once you own a ger, you are entitled to live on the land for free.  However you must build a fence around the plot in order to stop the government reclaiming the land. The material to build the fence can sometimes cost more than the ger itself, causing a vicious circle of poverty and insecurity.

The family’s problems are by no means solved, but owning their own home is an important step in the right direction. The future is uncertain, but Jamts’ eyes sparkle with the appreciation he feels for the Red Cross and the volunteer who visits the family regularly.

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