A report by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization states that now the only means of generating cash for most herder families is to bring the dead carcasses into their homes, warm them up, remove the skin and sell the skin for approximately 50 US cents each. Many are moving their few remaining livestock into their gers with their families to keep them warm.
Deseret International Charities donated about $50,000 for food, medicine, matches, clothing, candles, fuel, and sanitary items to three of aimags (provinces) and to the Ministry Education to help fix heating systems of school/dormatories for the herders' children. DIC has received back some detailed reports on how the assistance was administered, who received the assistance, and photographs showing the aid being delivered. The following are photos of assistance are from reports sent in by Uuvs and Khovd aimags (provinces). DIC also received letters of gratitude from each province and a request for more assistance to help the herder families and their animals through the rest of the winter.
Much of the world is already experiencing wonderful spring time, but spring and growing grass will not come to the people of Mongolia for at least another month or two. Also there are some areas where there is no snow, but the people there are experiencing a "black dzud." There nothing is growing because of cold temperatures and the drought.
The Mongolian government continues to appeal for donations for: food, fuel, medicine, clothing, fodder for the animals, and other basic needs. Deseret International Charities (sponsored by donations from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world wide) has received additional requests for assistance from seven aimags (provinces) and has just requested another relief package to help the herders who are still in dire need. Our office in Ulaanbaatar just sent this request off to the Asian Area Office, so we don't know yet how much will be approved, but if it is approved, it will be a sizable donation.