2015年の夏、卒園生の中から自分たちを育て教育の機会を与えてくれた園に対して感謝の気持ちを表し、また次代の園児たちにもこの気持ちを引き継いでもらいたいとの気持ちから記念の植樹を行う気運が盛り上がり、我々のキャンプ地ガシュルトに家族連れも含んだ多くの卒園生が集まり植樹会を行いました。 私は彼らの提案をとても嬉しく思い、また彼らがこの植樹にモンゴルが必要としている草原の緑化への思いを託していることも知って深く感動しました。 バービスト・ケアセンターは１９９５年設立され、過去20年を超える期間ストリートチルドレン、困窮家庭の児童1613名(短期在籍児を含む)を受け入れ、養育し、必要な教育や上級学校への進学の機会を作ってきました。しかしこれらのことは皆様方の揺るぎない確かなご援助がなければ到底実現しえないことでした。特にバイラルラ会の皆様が示して下った学生たちに対する愛の献金が、どんなにか彼らを困難な環境から立ち上がらせ、将来への希望と自信を持たせてくださったことか、言葉に言い尽くすことが出来ません。バイラルラ会の皆様にＶＣＣファミリーと進学支援を受けた学生を代表して心から「有難うございます」とのお礼を申し上げさせていただきます。どうか神様が皆様を豊かに祝福してくださいますように！
園長 Father Matthieu Ndjeok, cicm
Every human being needs education in life. Thanks to your work and good heart.
We have access to education. I believe and hope that your effort to help us in
education will bear fruit in our life.
Thank you again for giving us the possibility to study. I wish you all a good
health, happiness and God’s blessings. Sincerely Azjargal
内容的には、各学生が園外の未知の世界、すなわち学校、寮で自分の生活を自ら管理しなければならなくなった環境に身を置いた時、どう考え、行動しているか、そうして後に続く子どもたちにその経験をどう伝えようとしているかをレポートしたもので大変に興味深いものです。児童福祉の世界では施設保育に対して、児童が成人し退園した後に多くの場合、社会的不適合に陥る故に児童施設は無駄だ、家庭に戻すべきだ（to reunite with biological family)との主張があります。しかし子どもたちは破壊・消滅した家庭が生み出すのであり、反対に、施設で愛育され、進学する機会が備えられて将来に希望の光が見えるなら、彼らは大人の一方的な推論を超えて頑張ります。無論失敗するものもいますが、彼らには一緒に育った多くの兄弟姉妹がおり、また相談できる大人が常に横についています。孤立していないのです。そんな彼らの奮闘ぶりが伝わってくるレポートです。
T (F,1998,2006）graduated from high school in June 2016. She was touched by the care givers who took care of her in the VCC. She was impressed in a special way by a lady who was in charge of the kindergarten so she choosed to become a kindergarten teacher. That is why she enrolled in Mongolian University of Education. So she is making her first step toward becoming kindergarten teacher in “bashing Deed Surguil”
When asked about her feelings as a newly enrolled to the higher education she happily said that it is nice to be a student. She expressed that it is interesting to be together and interact with many students from different backgrounds.
As she deals with new lessons and new way of teaching, lectures and researches, she acknowledged that, having basic knowledge in high school is very important. It was difficult in the beginning but now things are getting better. She thinks about her future and the most important goal she has set for herself at this moment is to graduate with “red diploma”, high distinction.
She lives in dormitory in Bayangol district. She rides bus every day to go to school. The Mongolian government use to issue free bus cards to students. However, this year because of the economic crisis, the city has restricted the issuance of those cards. So as many other students, she was not able to get a bus card. This is something that disappoints her.
As advice to her younger brothers and sisters who are still in the Center, she said: Find out what you like and try to learn and understand as much as possible about what you like.
S (F, 1997, 2006) did all her elementary and high school studies in Oyuni Nahia, a private school that accepted to admit some of our children for free. She was well appreciated in her school and graduated in June. She is now in her first year in Mongolian National University, faculty of Human sciences.
To be a student appears to her very different from what she imagined. “Everything was easy when I was a high school student” she said. “Now as a University student I have learnt that being student is different. Lessons are sometimes difficult to understand. I understood that I have to manage my time carefully. I have to be responsible. Being late or missing class makes it difficult to understand the lesson. That is why I do all my best not to miss any lesson. As far as my integration to my new environment is concerned, I have been involved in some activities organized by students from the beginning. I am member of the committee that follow up the matter of transportation cards. I am learning many things from this experience of leadership in my group”.
“The behavior that you have when you are in high school, that is the behavior that you will have even when you are in University. That is why you need to pay attention to your behavior and to be faithful to your studies” she said.
N (M, 2001, 2006) graduated from middle school and enrolled in a training school. He is in first year in Carpentry. The staffs of VCC had some doubt about whether he would make it or not. Fortunately, he seems to be dedicated. When asked about his feeling he said enthusiastically that it is interesting to be a student. He said that whenever he goes for practice in the workshop, the smell of the wood makes him already happy and motivates him to do well. He set to himself the goal to study well and graduate after 2.5 years and continue in University to become engineer in construction. He is confident that after graduation, he will be employed by one of the many construction companies operating here in Mongolia.
When he moved from VCC to the Dormitory in September, things have been difficult in the beginning. He was put to the same dormitory together with three other students from the countryside. His three roommates were smoking and they were not clean. He had to do the cleaning alone because he didn’t want to live in dirty place. He felt sometimes lonely. He had to manage with his monthly allowance for food and other needs. He could not meet both ends because things are very expensive. He also noticed cash money can be easily spent. Reason why he wants to get a debit card from the bank is in order to manage better his allowance.
His advice to younger children: whatever you do, do it by setting your sight on the goal and do your best to reach it. If you study well, the final result will bring you joy and happiness.
O (F, 2000, 2003) graduated from middle school last June. She started studying in Training school last September. She studies Beauty and hairdressing at Rajiw Gandin Polytechnic Vocational School.
The beginning was quite difficult because she was missing the children and staffs of the Center. It was her first time to be out of the Center setup. “I was able to overcome that difficulty thanks to the support and advice I got from the Center. Now I like my profession and I am studying well” she said. She confessed that time management, interaction with people and money handling are three important things that she is learning since she became student. She also finds joy and fulfillment in participating to school activities and sport competitions in her school.
Advice: becoming good and useful person for the society not only makes a person proud but most importantly makes your parents feel happy.
S (F, 1997, 2009) is a lovely hardworking girl. She was delayed in her school curriculum because of the conditions in which she lived before being admitted to the center. So she graduated from middle school this year. She studies Beauty and hairdressing at Rajiw Gandin Polytechnic Vocational School since September.
Unlike other children who go through a rather difficult transition period,She did not have much problem adapting to its new student environment. She rejoices on the contrary because she has many new friends. She shares the same dormitory with four other girls from the countryside. They help one another. When difficulties arise, they come together to find a solution.
She understood that life is expensive in Mongolia and she had to make arrangement, in dialogue with her roommates, to better manage the money they receive for their sustenance. She complains that things cost a lot. School supplies and other materials related to hairdressing training are very expensive and she says she feels that the center is spending a lot of money for her.
To her young brothers and sisters who continue their journey in the center she points out that when you do something you love, it's never difficult.