More than half of the Mongolian people are nomadic and depend upon their herds of sheep, cows, horses and goats for their food, clothing and livelihood. They do not plant and harvest grain and fodder for their animals, but rather they move their herds from pasture to pasture depending upon the availability of grass. The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation donated enough money in the spring of 2001 to purchase 500 animals and to deliver them to 38 families who lost their domestic animals during a disastrous winter season. These families now have dairy products and other related foods. They also have wool to make things to sell in order to regain their livelihood. A letter from the Mongolian ambassador to the U.S., Jalbuu Choinhor, expressed "...highest appreciation for your great assistance to the people of Mongolia at this time of need." He also said that the contribution will "...provide enormous aid to the many Mongolian families who are suffering the results of the severe winter disaster."
Share a Smile
In late 2004, the Force for Good Foundation gave a grant to Share a Smile in order to purchase portable dental office equipment and to ship a container of supplies, equipment and clothing to China. In April 2005, the Share a Smile organization traveled to an orphanage in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, to provide dental and optometric care. Share a Smile is a group of American dentists who volunteer their skills to provide dental care for those in need in various parts of the world.
International Volunteers in Urology
Nu Skin's Force for Good Foundation donated funds in October 2005 to International Volunteers in Urology (IVU) to purchase supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals for five pediatric health care teaching expeditions to Mongolia, Palestine, Ghana, Mozambique and Honduras. IVU currently conducts an average of four to five pediatric teaching trips per year, and performs an average of 35-80 operations per trip. They spend much of their time on the trips to educate local doctors and nurses who in turn can train their local colleagues.
Previous projects include:
- Donation to purchase medical equipment used in medical relief expeditions in 2003
For more information on International Volunteers in Urology, visit www.ivumed.org.