Donations can mean financial support, or giving something physical such as clothing or other items we need. Have a look at our wishlist to see the latest items needed at Lotus.
There are various ways to send us a financial donation, either regular or one-off, depending on where you are sending money from and in what currency.
If you would like to donate from overseas, you can use our Virgin Money Giving page. Donations made here go to our UK-based Trust fund (The Lotus Children’s Centre Charitable Trust), with every penny received being forwarded to us here in Mongolia. The website does however take a small fee and therefore if you wish to receive the bank details to transfer your donation directly to the Trust then please contact us.
If you would like to donate from Australia, in AUD, you can use the Children’s Health and Education Fund. They collect donations on our behalf in Australia and send the balance to us three times a year. This saves on transfer fees, and also means your donation is tax deductible. Follow the instructions on their website here.
It is also possible to make a bank transfer directly to our bank account in Mongolia. We currently have individual bank accounts to receive Mongolian Tugrug, US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros. Please contact us if you would like to make a financial donation by bank transfer so we can give you the necessary bank details.
Here is an idea of the regular costs associated with the running of the Centre.
- USD$350 Staff member’s average monthly wage
- USD$200 Providing heating and electricity for one month to one house
- US$40 One sack of rice (Twelve sacks are used each month)
Please don’t send any items to us by post without asking first! We don’t want anything to get lost or to go to waste. Our needs can change rapidly and international shipping to Mongolia is notoriously unreliable, so we would like to be prepared in advance. Thank you.
We prefer monetary donations because we aim to support the Mongolian economy and local people. It is also often cheaper to buy things here than in Europe, America or Australia. Shipping items is also difficult, expensive and things can get lost or damaged. Although we do gladly accept second hand donations, please consider carefully before choosing to send your items. Is there a charity in your country that needs these donations too? Take care of your community as well and look after the environment by keeping it local!
The Mongolian economy, although growing is still very disproportionate. There are many poor communities and families that still struggle to make ends meet. The mining industry in Mongolia gives a skewed vision of the wealth of Mongolia. As far as possible Lotus Children’s Centre supports those who are less well off by purchasing items from local markets, herders or artisans. Our support may keep some families off the streets so we wish to continue to support the local economy in this way.