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The Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation is supporting a special education centre for children and young people in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia.

Children and young people with physical and mental disabilities lack facilities and professional advice and treatment in Mongolia. There are only a few points of contact for parents of such children, only a few spots in nurseries, and a few non-governmental organisations engaged in this work.


In most cases, the children are usually looked after by family members at home. We have repeatedly met families who have received poor advice and information and are ashamed of their child's disability. The support and treatment offered to children with disabilities is often inadequate. The German and Swiss Friends of Mongolia associations have joined forces with Mongolian NGO Enereliin Tuuchee to organise a children's treatment centre in Ulanbaatar, the country's capital. Physical and occupational therapies as well as care for children with mild to severe physical and/or mental disabilities are now available here. Since 2012, the work has been supported by nine German and Swiss volunteer specialists.

Since October 2013, children and young people with disabilities have been cared for and supported in a daycare centre. However, since the daycare was located in cramped cellar space and the therapy practice was in a small apartment five minute' drive away, the children's therapy centre was moved to a new rental space in September 2015 through the support of the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation.

The new house was renovated, refurbished, and provided with new furniture from June to mid August. At 370 m², the centre offers space for three groups of up to 30 children with disabilities, up from the five that could previously receive care at a time. There is a large hall for physiotherapy and an occupational therapy room. In addition, a separate room is provided as a quiet room/Snoezelen room equipped with light effects and comfortable spots to sit or lie down. The space helps the children relax and promotes their sensory perception. There is also a consultation room for parents and a large meeting room as well as two rooms dedicated to the sheltered workshop that processes felt. The project provides regular financial support to students, the children of single parents, and children with illnesses and disabilities. [] It also provides them with supplies several times a year. In the sheltered workshop for felt processing, sewing, and woodworking, clients' independence is promoted and people with impairments are integrated.