Students who helped their communities while studying, share how they served their people from a far.
Ganbaatar searched for someone who needed help and contacted Tuvshinjargal Gombo, a director of the Service Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mongolia, she said.
Gombo connected Ganbaatar to Tamara Tsedenbaljir, an old lady who shelters homeless people every winter. Ganbaatar explained, recently, Tsedenbaljir lost her house because of strong winds.
Caption: Tsedenbaljir's new house
Photo by Bekhtuvshin Sanjaa
She raised funds through dress sales and participated in BYU–Hawaii business competitions. Beristain won second place in both “Great Ideas” and “Empower Your Dreams” in 2018.
With the money she won from the competitions, she expanded production and worked with a sewing company to produce over 300 dresses and sent them to Mexico to the embroiderers for handmade embroidering, Beristain shared.
An earthquake hit the area where the embroiderers lived, and they lost their homes. With the employment opportunity Beristain provided for them, they could rebuild their homes, Beristain explained. She helped raise $4,000 for 30 women.
With the money he raised, he helped over 300 children in four different Mongolia areas have new warm winter clothes. Sukhbaatar said, “Mongolian winters are very cold and harsh. When I was young, I used to get cold a lot during winter because I did not have enough warm clothes every winter. So, I wanted to help children as much as I could.”
Sukhbaatar was an employee at BYUH Sustainability Center, where he learned to fix bikes and utilized his skills to raise a fund to help children. Sukhbaatar said his friends in Mongolia helped him to find children in need. Then, they purchased and delivered the clothes to them.