Here’s a list of some of the projects we hope to make progress in in 2018. This list is not exhaustive and also they may not all be completed in 2018, 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 within the next year or two.
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.
Artificial Grass Pitch
We were very lucky to have a concrete sports area donated to us in the past. Now, as we continue to encourage outdoor exercise and activities, we hope to be able to cover the concrete sports area with artificial grass. This would bring many benefits to the centre. Not only would it make the area safer and more comfortable to play on, but it would also mean it can be used in more diverse weather conditions throughout the year. We are fortunate to have already received a grant from AMURT Italy for around one third of the estimated cost of this project, but still need to raise the rest before it can go ahead.
Paving and Garden Area
In recent years we have made excellent progress towards our goal of beautifying our home and making it a nicer place to live. We have laid a large amount of paving, and cleared garden areas of weeds in order to plant flowers and trees. This coming year we will continue with this project, with an aim to finish the paving. If you would be interested in supporting this project by donating bricks for the paving, or trees, then please contact us.
After a successful trial last year, we now want to transform a large are of our land to a dedicated vegetable growing area, including a 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.
Outdoor Kitchen Area
We would like to build a small outdoor kitchen, with a permanent brick barbecue-style fireplace. Frequently during the summer months we have electricity blackouts, and because all of our kitchen equipment is electric, this causes many difficulties when it comes to food. A dedicated permanent space outside where we can cook large amounts of food on a fire will make life easier during these times.