Here’s a list of some of the projects we hope to make progress over the next 18 months. This list is not exhaustive and also they may not all be completed this year, since many of them rely on us finding funding for the project before we can start
With 260 sunny days per year, Mongolia has huge potential for the use of renewable energy from solar power. Currently one of our largest running costs, particularly in winter, is heating which comes from our coal-fired boiler house. Not only is this a huge financial cost, but was are also very aware of the challenges Mongolia faces with regards to pollution from coal fires. Therefore, we hope to be able to start making the most of the sun and bring in the equipment to start converting sunshine into electricity and heating this year. We have funding in place for the solar panels, thanks to the efforts of The Rising Sun Cyclists, Harry and Rob. We are now fundraising for an electric boiler to replace the existing coal-fired boiler at Lotus, and we hope to complete this project in 2020.
After a successful trial, we are now transforming a large are of our land to a dedicated vegetable growing area, including at least one greenhouse to extend the growing season. The aim is to become more self-sufficient with food, at the same time as giving our children the opportunity to learn about growing food and self-sufficiency. For this project we have the funding raised for the greenhouse building thanks to Gulf4Good and their partners, and now specifically we are looking for a large amount of soil that is good quality to grow vegetables.
It is an ongoing project at Lotus to try and give the best possible education opportunities to our children. Therefore we are always looking for possibilities to send children to better schools, either through scholarship or sponsorship, or a combination of both. As well as their main schools, we also work on finding extra-curricular educational courses that our children can attend such as language or performing arts classes.