Mongolian Farm Camp

By CSR, foundation

Support children with disabilities to reach their potential

Accessing the right care for children with intellectual and physical disabilities is challenging in Mongolia. Children received limited support on rehabilitation therapies including speech, language and physical trainings, while their parents lack professional guidance to help their children on daily activities.

The Development Centre for Mongolian Disabled Citizen has been promoting the inclusion of disabled person in the wider community and provides assessment and trainings to disabled children. With the support of the Noble Foundation, the charity runs a weekly residential training camp between July and November in 2019, for about 100 children up to 18 years old, with mild form of intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, downs syndrome and autism.

In a small dairy farm locates at 35 km away from Ulaanbaatar, each group of 5 participants and 5 guardians stay on the farm for one week. About 15 volunteers are recruited to provide one on one support to the participants. All participants receive a baseline assessment on their mental development progress, language and physical therapies are given based on their needs to improve self-reliance. Their guardians meet with specialists to review their parenting techniques. This year, participants also have an opportunities to learn about planting vegetable and making dairy products.

On September 22, 2019, our Mongolian team and their family visited the participants in the training camp and had a taste of making Mongolian curd cheese.

Wang Bin – 11 Years On

By CSR, foundation

A young survivor of a devastating earthquake

In May 2008, a devastating earthquake in southwest Sichuan Province in China took away many lives and injured a brave girl – Wang Bin.

This young survivor lost her right arm and broke her left while trying to rescue one of her schoolmates. To honor her altruistic act, Noble has committed to sponsor her education from primary school until she finishes university.

Eleven years on, Wang Bin is going to start college this September. Ting Ting Wang in our Beijing office is in close contact with her. In their recent conversation, we know that although she is not satisfied with the results of her college entrance exam, she is excited and looking forward to her college life in the coming 3 years.

In the Guang’an Vocational & Technical College, Sichuan province, she will live in a student dormitory and have the chance to participate in student clubs and social activities. She likes playing badminton and was an awarded sprint athlete in the 5th Chongqing Disabled Games. She is determined to complete her study and has a goal to pursue a bachelor degree with an additional 1-2 years of study.

We wish her every success in her next chapter of college life!

Wang Bin visited to our Beijing office in 2012.

In 2019, she is going to start college in Sichuan.

Early Intervention for Autism

By CSR, foundation

Transform the prospect of autistic children in Hong Kong.

Children with autism or on the autism spectrum have difficulty in social communication and show inclination to routines. Intervention at an early age is suggested to be the most effective to equip children with autism on life skills and coping mechanisms.

In Hong Kong, limited government-subsidised services on special education combines with a long waiting time. As a result, autistic children from low income families who cannot afford private treatments and therapies are failing to receive necessary training before going to ordinary schools.

In mid-2017, a Hong Kong charity – Operation Blessing set up a pilot programme to help 10 low income families in Hong Kong with autistic children at aged 2-6. The charity teams up with a number of professional providers to carry out initial assessments, cognitive trainings, and speech and language therapies.

Through a series of workshops and excursions, parents are equipped with necessary skills to provide the right guidance in everyday life. Notably, a team of dedicated volunteers provide ongoing emotional support to each autistic family. During home visits and peers support groups, families are encouraged to discuss their predicament, and consultations are tailored to suit individual family’s needs.

Noble Foundation cofounded this early intervention support programme and sponsored 4 low income families in 2019 to gain the tools and skills they need to thrive.

An initial assessment is conducted to assess individual training needs for each beneficiary.

Helping Migrant Mothers

By CSR, foundation

Noble Foundation funds re-integration programme in Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The PathFinders organisation is dedicated to protecting the rights of migrant worker women and their children in Hong Kong. It assists both undocumented and documented women who are pregnant or have children in Hong Kong to make informed decisions, understand their legal rights and obligations, and access critical humanitarian services and support networks.

Importantly, its service empowers the mothers to make decisions based on the children’s best interests. Often these decisions include leaving Hong Kong and returning to the mother’s home country – often Indonesia.

The Home Country Integration Programme was launched in 2014 with ongoing support from Noble Foundation. Since the programme began, Pathfinders has identified a number of service providers to deliver culturally appropriate re-integration support and educational materials, such as skills training on mushroom cultivation, in order to equip these mothers with the tools they need to care for their children in a safe environment. They are also building a network of key influencers, government officials, community and religious leaders for longer term preventive efforts in Indonesia.

In 2018, the programme supported 35 families to prepare to return home, and more than 250 mothers attended home preparation classes in Hong Kong. With the re-integration support provided by Pathfinders, the babies and children and their mothers are now able to access essential medical services and re-integration support that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

For more information, please visit the PathFinders website.

Returned migrant worker acquires essential skills in mushroom cultivation to enhance livelihoods.

Family Planning in East Africa

By CSR, foundation

Mobile health service visits rural communities.

Imagine trying to feed a small family on US$1.50 a day. Now imagine how much harder it would be if you had six or more children.

Community Health and Sustainable Environment (CHASE) Africa, a UK-registered charity, is working in rural Kenya and Uganda to help address the complex issue of population pressures and the related concerns of poverty, ill health and environmental degradation.

CHASE provides access to free, voluntary family planning and basic health care services using mobile clinics. These clinics offer contraception advice, vaccinations, prenatal care, HIV testing, cervical screening, and deworming. As part of the programme, trusted local ‘mobilisers’ are deployed to the area where these clinics will operate, to build an understanding of family planning and maximize attendance at the clinics.

Noble Foundation has been part of the initiative since 2016. So far, we have funded more than 20 day clinics in rural communities across Kenya. The clinic enables women to access to contraception, many for the first time. The family planning element of the projects we supported have achieved over 8,000 Couple year protection (CYP). Each CYP refers to a woman having 1 year protection from unintended pregnancy. The value is calculated based on the total volume of various contraceptive protection disturbed during the year.

In 2018 alone, over 9,000 patients received primary health care in our day clinics, 3,800 of those were children treated for worms. Intestinal worms is a leading cause of death among children, these infections can impede mental and physical development. While hundreds of other patients were screened for cancer and HIV, and immunisations.

With smaller families and longer periods between births, resources will not need to be stretched so far. Women with fewer children have more time available for productive work and income-generating activities.

Mobile clinics bring basic healthcare services to underserved villages in Kenya.

“Noble Express” Shuttle

By CSR, foundation

Scenic journey to Dinosaur Canyon.

At the newly opened Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History in Queensland, the two Noble sponsored carriage shuttles begin to take visitors on a spectacular dinosaur discovery tour. Noble’s donation was among one of several that helped the museum qualify for a funding package from the Queensland State and Federal Governments.

Situated at the south east of Winton, Australia, the museum features an outpost perched on a cliff overlooking a 300 metre elevated concrete pathway throughout the gorge below. Four outdoor dinosaur galleries positioned along the gorge contain life-size bronze reconstructions of dinosaurs that lived in Australia over 95 million years ago.

The two shuttles are solar powered and each transports 27 visitors. Children and families can board the shuttles for a 90-minute tour to see life-sized dinosaurs, dinosaur stampede and a Cretaceous garden. Visitors can also learn about Australia’s natural history.

Noble Foundation sponsored two visitor carriages in the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History.

Ulaanbaatar School

By CSR, foundation

Noble’s volunteers help children with learning difficulties in Mongolia.

The Mongolia Down’s Syndrome Association (DSAM) is the only organisation in the country that offers support and education to improve the quality of life for children with Down’s syndrome and their families.

Over the years, Noble’s Director of Mongolia, Hannah Badenach, has been leading fundraising efforts for the association among mining companies in Mongolia. Since 2014, Noble Foundation has funded a “Special Educational Curriculum” project for children under the age of six with developmental problems. This programme enables three specialist teachers to deliver an essential home tutoring service to 50 children every week covering speech therapy, physiotherapy and parental education.

After an initial visit in September 2014, our colleagues continue to volunteer their time in multiple events with children with Down’s syndrome. On 13th May, 2017, seven of Noble’s Mongolian staff joined hands with 15 children with Down’s syndrome and their family members to plant trees in the national park of Ulaanbaatar. This is the third year we celebrated the Mongolian national tree planting day with these children.

Noble’s Mongolian team planted trees with Down’s Syndrome children.

In March 2015, our volunteers led the celebrations in the seventh anniversary of the founding of this special needs school in Ulaanbaatar. More than 80 children with Down’s syndrome and their families were invited to an afternoon party. “My Opportunities, My Choices” was this year’s theme. Activities included playing team games, reading stories and face painting. At the same time, parents attended training sessions organised by the charity.

Two Noble’s employees led the face painting activity.

Asian Challenge Winner

By CSR, foundation

Noble team raced up Mount Fansipan to raise funds for the Sailors’ Society.

On a hazy morning in April, a team of three from Noble Chartering participated the 2017 Sailor’s Society Asia Challenge in Vietnam. The field of 13 teams were challenged by a timed assent to the mountain Fansipan – the highest peak in Vietnam, and the entire Indochina Peninsula, at 3,143 metres.

The race was a fundraising event for the Sailors’ Society, which is a charity for seafarers onboard ships operating around the globe, offering support and compassion during times of need in an industry where the seafarer is often forgotten. .

Noble team, “Noble Freight” won the challenge in a time of 3hrs and 44 mins, finishing 42 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed team. To support the fund raising effort our team, Noble Foundation made a donation towards this meaningful cause. This is the third time Noble’s team participated.

“The climb was physically very challenging, involving steep and quite technical sections. Weather conditions didn’t help, the final 2km push for the summit was in driving rain, darkness and over an increasingly muddy/slippery trail. Noble freight had opened up a 10 minute lead in a strong showing over the first section, and as the adverse weather and fatigue began affecting the competition our lead grew to the eventual 42 minutes. Reaching the summit together, an overwhelming sense of achievement through hard work and teamsmanship, not to mention a chill in the cold and wet conditions at the summit came over us.” Andrew Benjamin recalled.

Noble team celebrated the victory at the summit of Mount Fansipan.