July 25th, 2013

Jensen’s Mongolia Camp

Two weeks ago, I took a trip down to Mongolia with a team of 7 other volunteers. It was an inspiring moment for me, and I would just like to share it here.
The organizer of this camp is Stephanie - she organized an annual summer camp for the kids every year for the past four years. In the Mongolian culture, summer camp is something very precious for a kid’s childhood, and these children are street, abused kids who don’t have an opportunity to go to school, hence no summer camp. Our goal there is just to organize a fun camp for them, so that they have sweet memories.
Our kids range from age 8 - 16, quite a number are sexually abused girls this time.

For me, I’m the Music and Art teacher. I can remember on the first class of my music session, I played a piece of music on my violin for them, and asked them how they feel… they used terms like.. “an ocean”… “my dad”… “freedom”… and asked me if they can close their eyes as I play the next tune so that they can better see the music. I was flabbergasted… being in a city like Singapore, I’ve never heard people who want to appreciate music at this level…

There was also another heart-warming moment for me. This kid, called Daftka showed extreme interest to learn the violin. At first, I just let him hold the violin, and stroke the violin bow. He was not playing music but just stroking sounds on the violin… but then he told me… “when i play.. i feel like I’m all alone… everything else around me was in white color”.

I blame myself for having little faith. To me, I thought there’s no point teaching them any songs on the violin because it’s too tough for them to pick up anything. Somehow, I took a leap of faith on day and taught Daftka “Twinkle Little Star”. My jaw almost dropped because after one or two simple demonstration, he picked it up and started playing. I could see the spark in his eyes.

There was also a music therapy session where the kids are asked to freely express themselves to my music. I played a 10 minutes music, closing my eyes, but I could hear sobbing sounds from them… they thought of their families… their abused experience… and somehow I feel that music allowed them to express those feelings, and I believe that by acknowledging them, it will help in the healing process.
Art class was fun too - I focused a lot on self-expression… asking them to draw funny faces related to happy memories. I’m so glad to see them engaged.

There was some sharing sessions the volunteers had between the kids, and one of the girls asked me, “You are an Engineer, plays music and art… how do you do it all?”. I paused for a moment because I didn’t want to say, “Because I’m lucky to be born in a good family who provided for me” (I thought it would make them feel sad that they didn’t have good families)… I told them I am where I am today because a lot of people helped me along the way, good teachers, friends, mentors… and I encouraged them to help others in their pursuit for success and happiness because no one can do it alone. They shared their dreams with us - they wanted to be a Chef (because they were hungry), Air Stewardess, Sumo Wrestler, Fashion Designer, Engineer, Doctor (family was sick) etc. these kids had great dreams… and I’m so touched that I shared with them… as long as they don’t give up, do the right thing (don’t cheat, shortcuts), and treat people well, they are sure to succeed.
At the end of the day, I’m just filled with gratitude for what God has given me in terms of my gifts… and I’m thankful for all the people who has helped me along this journey.
- Jensen is from Malaysia, an engineering professional and a talented musician and cartoonist. Our passionate volunteer teacher at our camp.

Read about our volunteers’s journey in mongolia soon

Watch this space folks!

Photo journals coming your way!

June 7th, 2013

Jetting Soon June

Just the start of June, but we’re steaming on ahead in preparation of our summercamp this year in July. Have you signed up? :) If not this is the last call for volunteers with just 2 spots left for signup! And do check out our donation page (click on our side bar) and consider supporting our endeavor to bring smiles and warmth into the hearts of children.

Besides gearing up for camp, MSC has been honored to be given the opportunity to share our inspirations and encourage other youths into actions. Our founder, Stephanie, was invited to give a talk by the peeps from Envisage to share about her learning journey on identifying the needs of street children in Mongolia, and the process of growing our resources and fulfilling in little steps more needs in a more sustainable way in the near future

Steph was also thrilled to be given the chance to return to her alma mater this week to run a workshop to inspire her juniors to step up and step out as she did. This time, Steph took a little creative tour and brought the students on a virtual journey to Mongolia via videos/photos and our little doodled virtual map:

Go on the Sunshine street to bring the joy of your childhood to the people in need at home and overseas. You can start small but you gotta start somewhere. Don’t be overwhelmed by the magnitude of a big problem because even superman gets dejected and we can’t help all. Harness the ripple effects of inspirations. Discard fears and “what if I fail” and go step up and step out to explore your passion under the sun in this big world.”

Turns out MSC reaped even more than what we thought we were sowing into the hearts and minds of the younger folks! The enthusiasm, passion and zeal for actions from the students totally warmed us up. Here’s from some of their discussions.

Drawing their childhood experiences

Pretty nuanced understanding of poverty exhibited by the students.

It has been an exciting start to June and counting down the adrenaline is just gonna keep pumping up as we move closer to the date of our departure to Mongolia.


Once again, please show us your support! Donate or join us at our camp - Be the Sunshine on the grassland!

May 2nd, 2013

Be the Sunshine on the Grassland this July!

Sign up for our camp happening this 1st to 7th July.

Camp preparation will take place 3 days before the start of camp and volunteers are strongly encouraged to join in the preparation and home visits made to the homes of some of the children.


Email us (mongoliasummercamp@gmail.com) for any enquiries or sign up.

It was a lovely night of smiles, heart-warming moments and many laughters!

Thank you each and every individual who has believed in the cause of MSC, and came down specially to support us at our charity event. Our Garden Movie Night was a huge success all thanks to all our most lovely supporters.

We’re so glad to see the entire event reserved section filled and spilling over to the other unreserved section of the bistro. We’re also happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their yummlicious food, the Mongolian movie screened and had loads of fun catching up with their friends all while supporting a good cause.

Many thanks to Food for Thought for granting us a favorable rate for the spacious venue and delicious nom-noms, as well as The Ultimate Spa and Indiesin for sponsoring the generous vouchers for our lucky draw for our guests that night. :)

For those who have missed our event, you can still show us your support by purchasing one of our tees specially designed by our volunteer artist, Jensen. You can see more of Jensen’s work at http://about.me/jensentan.

Be sure to check out our 4 designs to the tees => Click on the side bar “Support Us”

Check out more pictures of our event on our facebook page and remember to ‘Like’ us! (fb/mongliasummercamp) Thkx!

March 26th, 2013
Are you ready for a magical night of movie in the starry garden?
Join us in our Garden Movie Night coming your way this 26th April.
Catch the award-winning movie “The Cave of the Yellow Dog” and be magically transported to the mongolian grassland. Experience the lifestyle and cultures of mongolian nomads, and find out more about the children cause we support.
All proceeds raised will go towards funding our annual summer camp this year to bring more smiles and “dream-come-true”s to street children in Mongolia.
Tickets can now be purchased online at mongoliasummercamp.eventbrite.sg
Hurry grab your tickets now and we look forward to seeing you!

Are you ready for a magical night of movie in the starry garden?

Join us in our Garden Movie Night coming your way this 26th April.

Catch the award-winning movie “The Cave of the Yellow Dog” and be magically transported to the mongolian grassland. Experience the lifestyle and cultures of mongolian nomads, and find out more about the children cause we support.

All proceeds raised will go towards funding our annual summer camp this year to bring more smiles and “dream-come-true”s to street children in Mongolia.

Tickets can now be purchased online at mongoliasummercamp.eventbrite.sg

Hurry grab your tickets now and we look forward to seeing you!

MSC 4 Camp Dates: 1st-7th July!

Come join us at the vast mongolian steppe this summer! Embrace nature and adventure, and immerse in our MSC family’s love and laughters!


Join us for our camp this year on 1st-7th July.

Pre-camp briefing will be held on 30th June when all volunteers are to arrive in Ulan Bator.

Volunteers are also strongly encouraged to participate in the pre-camp preparation and home visits to our kids’ families and shelters starting on 28th June.

Volunteers are free to depart after the 7th of July when the camp ends to carry on with their own travel plans.

March 13th, 2013

MSC 4 coming your way soon!

We’re fixing the dates with our mongolian partners for our long awaited annual summer camp! Looking at the first week of July, the camp ends just days before Nadaam Festival one of the most exciting times to visit the vast steppe! 


We hope you’re just as stoked as us for the camp and checking out Nadaam Festival. So stay tuned for our finalised camp dates!

February 16th, 2013
We’re in the midst of preparation for our first fund raiser of the year for our 4th annual summer camp. It will be a night of teleporting all of you with us to the great mongolian steppe. 

We’re so excited to share a little piece of Mongolia’s rich culture and wonder with you. Here’s a video link to traditional  mongolian throat singing: http://youtu.be/hztsZ1E1avo
Find out how the singers create the thin whistling melody above the bass drone known as overtone singing in this great performance for BBC Human Planet: 
http://youtu.be/NQkrsdjJB2s

We’re in the midst of preparation for our first fund raiser of the year for our 4th annual summer camp. It will be a night of teleporting all of you with us to the great mongolian steppe.

We’re so excited to share a little piece of Mongolia’s rich culture and wonder with you. Here’s a video link to traditional mongolian throat singing: http://youtu.be/hztsZ1E1avo

Find out how the singers create the thin whistling melody above the bass drone known as overtone singing in this great performance for BBC Human Planet: http://youtu.be/NQkrsdjJB2s