ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, 22 December 2020: With the financial support of the European Union (EU), Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) in Mongolia handed over humanitarian packages/kits worth MNT 64 million (EUR 18 200) to the Red Cross in Mongolia. The assistance will be distributed to 520 households which are facing challenges as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related state of emergency.
The humanitarian aid packages include essential nutrition, hygiene and educational items for children and families. The primary recipients of the aid packages are the families of waste collectors in Ulaanbaatar as CCR has been implementing projects in the waste management sector in Mongolia for over a decade.
“The European Union is aware of the difficulties vulnerable population faces due to COVID-19 related emergency situation in Mongolia. This year, the EU committed in total EUR 37.5 million to support Mongolia’s health, economic and social welfare sector. I am pleased that with these essential items in these packages the European Union can support 520 households to brave the difficulties” said Ambassador of the European Union to Mongolia, H.E. Mr Traian Hristea.
“Mongolia has been fighting with COVID-19 since its outbreak in early this year and we were one of the last countries to have local transmission. Since Mongolia registered its first local transmission, the Government of Mongolia has been taking measures to contain the COVID-19 among the general public. With all-out readiness level and full lockdown of the country for certain period of time, it is having great social-economic impact on the vulnerable population. MRCS is pleased to work with its partners to reach out to these population and I am sure this support will help to ease the impact” said Ms Bolormaa Nordov, Secretary General of the Mongolian Red Cross Society.
The European Union and Mongolia established diplomatic relations in 1989 and the EU has been represented in Mongolia since November 2017, when the Delegation was established. The EU Delegation is responsible for the conduct of official relations between Mongolia and the EU, working closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States.
About CCR in Mongolia: Caritas Czech Republic in Mongolia strives to improve the lives of thousands of people through education, promotion of sustainable development, empowering of local communities and marginalized groups. Since 2006, CCR has implemented more than 20 projects in 15 different provinces in Mongolia with particular focus on pre-school and vocational education, social work, restoring livelihood, humanitarian assistance, prevention of risks of natural disasters, agriculture, and environment and recycling.