CAMDA – Cambridge Mongolia Development Appeal was first launched in 2000 to bring aid to Mongolia’s nomadic herder communities. Their lives revolve around and depend upon the livestock they rear, providing them with food and the means to create products for their own use or for sale. Mongolia is still a developing country, with high levels of unemployment and large numbers of low-income herders with no alternative way of life.
Around 750,000 of Mongolia’s 2.7 million population are herders, mostly
living in remote areas of a country three times the size of France, and in a
climate of extremes. Temperatures range from minus 45C to plus 40C; winters
are long and for many, drought is a perennial problem.
Summer drought followed by a severe winter brings a weather phenomenon called “zud” when heavy snow freezes solidly over pastures already degraded by
drought. Livestock, mostly sheep and goats, but also yak and camels, are
managed with large numbers of horses. In 2010 a zud wiped out over 11 million
livestock, including 360,000 horses that starved or froze to death.
Rural poverty is high, and herd losses from zud disasters leave thousands of
families at or below subsistence level, in need of assistance.
Our grassroots aid brings fundamental support in the form of hay-making
equipment to boost winter fodder reserves. A well-refurbishment project in
arid regions brings much needed water for man and beast. And anti-parasite
vet treatment helps to maintain a healthy stock of invaluable horses
essential not only to manage their livestock herds but also used as transport
where there is little or no road infrastructure.
For more information visit our website at http://www.camda.org.uk