Mongolian Helmet Project

The Mongolian Helmet Project is one of the project's that I've started working on with my organization. You can find info here: and the basic description is below.

What is the Mongolian Helmet Project?
Since long before the time of Genghis Khan horse riding has been a popular tradition amongst Mongolians. Even today horse riding remains an important part of their cultural heritage. In addition to the everyday use of horses by Mongolians, more formal horse races take place throughout the year. Some of the most dangerous races are during the winter when sub-zero temperatures create dangerous racing conditions. However, the biggest competitions occur every July at the Naadam Festivals taking place all over Mongolia. Every year more than 30,000 child jockeys ranging from the ages of 4 to 10 years old participate in 12 to 28 kilometer races. Unfortunately, on average, about 5% of these children fall off of their horses. Due to the lack of financial resources, lack of knowledge, and indifference, many of the children embark on these races without proper protective gear like helmets and pads, and sometimes even without shoes or saddles. As a result, every year many children suffer from severe lifelong injuries, and for some of the most unfortunate, death. Though measures have been taken on a legislative level, laws to provide the children with protective gear are rarely being enforced, especially in places outside of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

You can help these children continue to participate in this century-old tradition without having to risk serious injuries or their life.