ING Bank gives mobile kindergartens to Nalaikh
The daily work of the ING Commercial Banking representative office in Ulaanbaatar normally involves providing clients with access to a range of products and services in the areas of project finance, trade and commodity finance and debt capital markets. But recently they were involved in a completely other activity……they volunteered for UNICEF to build two traditional Mongolian ger-tents that function as kindergartens.
The ING Mongolia office engaged with the local UNICEF office on its Ger-Kindergarten Project in order to ensure that all Mongolian children have a fair start in life. As part of the overall education strategy, UNICEF Mongolia established mobile-ger-kindergartens in targeted provinces and districts. The mobile-ger-kindergartens are a tailored approach unique to Mongolia’s context, where natural and geographical features, extreme weather conditions, as well as the nomadic lifestyle make it virtually impossible to operate a settled kindergarten as a form of early childhood education in almost all rural areas. Impressed by this UNICEF program, ING Mongolia funded two kindergartens and also decided to get their hands dirty by constructing the Mongolian gers. Over 60 children will now be able to attend pre-school this year due to the donation and hard work of our colleagues of ING Bank Mongolia.
According to Howard Lambert, Chief representative of ING Mongolia, it was a worthwhile activity: “We are proud to be the first private sector supporter of UNICEF Mongolia’s pre-school program, both financially and through volunteering and we are very excited that 60 children in Nalaikh district will now have access to early childhood learning. It was great to see the joy in children’s eyes after setting up the mobile kindergartens with the help of school employees, parents and grandparents.”
UNICEF Mongolia Deputy Representative Judith Bruno was also very pleased with ING’s support. “ING has made a generous investment in the education of Mongolia’s children today. While their donation will directly help 60 children receive early childhood development, the impact will be far reaching for those children, their families and community,” she said. The donation from ING includes the ‘ger’ kindergarten, furniture, learning materials and toys for the children. The Nalaikh district government will cover the ongoing running costs of the kindergartens.