On April 27 – June 3, 2016, three Mongolian professionals participated in the Professional Fellows Program (PFP), focused on nongovernmental organization (NGO) development in the U.S., and were placed on at American organizations that focus on the same issues as their home institutions.
PFP is an exchange for emerging leaders in China and Mongolia and the United States in the fields of environment, philanthropy, legal aid, and community building among marginalized populations. It is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations.
Traveling to east coast, Ms. Ariunzul Liijuu-Ochir, a training coordinator at the Parent-Teacher Association Mongolia (PTA Mongolia), did her four-week fellowship at the Reading Is Fundamental NGO, Washington DC. On her experience she shared, “During the PFP, I got better understanding of the NGO development issues, including NGO management, fundraising, staff development, as well as volunteering, which are essential component for the local NGO like ours.”
Placed at the Earth Justice, a NGO in San Francisco, CA, a lawyer at the Public interest lawyers’ Initiative Ms. Batkhishig commented, “Working with and learning from the lawyers at Earth Justice did not only give me a new knowledge and experience, but also inspired me greatly to keep working to protect the environment and the environmental rights of the Mongolian community.”
“Using the knowledge and lessons learned at the Children’s Aid Society, Princess Center will develop curriculum for teenage boys and educate them on preventing from gender-based violence,” shared an adviser at the Princess Center Ms. Undrakh Chinchuluun, who was placed at the Children’s Aid Society NGO, New York, NY.