It all started when I work at Mongolia. I was a young and passionate consultant from KPMG and traveled there to assist the local government to develop and implement IT audit strategy to integrate into their infrastructure for Mongolia National Audit Office (MNAO) and Ministry of Finance Mongolia (MOF). My responsibilities is to review the Government Financial System by analyzing their current policies, practices and controls. It also includes review of their problem & change management, IT operation controls, disaster recovery plan, business continuity plan, etc. Lastly will be develop and conduct Information Systems Governance, IT audit and Risk Management training to the government bodies.
The scope of the project is so huge plus additional projects with Khan Bank and other financial sectors, I traveled to Ulaanbaatar, the city of Mongolia very frequent within the 3 years, and the longest stayed are 6 months.
Other than work, I also do travel around. Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered travel destination to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, forests, deserts, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and the traditional hospitality of the nomads. Permanent dwellings are few and far between, fences even fewer and the land is owned by the people, like one large National Park. As a tremendous destination to experience the outdoors, Mongolia also boasts of unique history dating back to the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan. Simply put, it is a land of adventure, horses, nomads, and blue sky.
Actually during the second trip, I fell off a horse and almost broke my back. But this didn’t stop me continue with my adventure and horse riding with open arms when I back. Mongolia showed me that I as tougher than I thought and that rewards from overcoming personal fears is better than anything.
After the third visit, I met Ana. A 6 years old girl who lived at the horse trek camping ger at the countryside with her mother. She look a bit protective when I first saw her, then I broke the ice by giving her a chocolate bar and tried to communicate with her. She started to smile and became friendly. Although I couldn’t really communication with her, but I felt that I have build a sense of trust with her. Then I got to know that she did not attend any school as her father has gone.
After understand about her condition, I decided to support her, by funding her to go to school, and get all the necessities for her education and living. I believed every child has the right to education. Education enhances lives. It is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Education is the best investment we can make for the generation and for the future of all children. Same goes to living environment, Without access to safe drinking water and good sanitation, it is difficult for children to reach their full potential. Poor water, sanitation and hygiene impacts on children’s health, development and their education. Children need access to clean water, good sanitation and hygiene if their rights are going to be realized.
It’s going to be monthly basis support and it cost almost quarter of my salary. It’s neat how something that sounds so crazy to you at one point can seem totally normal when you think you should do it. What I only concerned is to give this child something better she deserves.
It remind me of Mother Teresa. The way Mother Teresa changed the world impacted me a lot. One of her statement said: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway; If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway; If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway; If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway; The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. Therefore, I also did child sponsorship and involved in the 30-hour Famine activities by World Vision.
Mother Teresa changed my world, so that I could change Ana’s world too. I hope she will do the same.
“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.”
– Mother Teresa