Last summer, we participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in Mongolia and had the pleasure of meeting Chinzo Batjargal, whose house we were assigned to construct. Chinzo was in his early 20s with a young wife and a child on the way, and he was eager to finish his home, but he was never too busy to show us how to lay bricks or practice his English with us. Patience was his middle name.
After observing that Chinzo had a severe limp, we began to probe a little further and found out that he had been thrown from a horse at the age of 7 and had not received medical attention for it. Years later, in early adolescence, he underwent a surgery that accomplished little. Now, given the lack of economic opportunities in Mongolia, Chinzo has been forced to do manual labor rather than finishing his education, and the physical demands of his jobs will surely take their toll on his leg and joints.
We looked at each other and hatched a plan: we would bring Chinzo to the U.S. to have his injury properly dealt with.
When we got back to California, we located Operation Walk (http://operationwalk.org/california/losangeles/overview), a non-profit agency in Los Angeles that provides lower-cost orthopedic surgeries. Within seconds of looking at Chinzo's x-rays, the surgical nurse there told us that all Chinzo would need is a routine hip replacement. And all we would need to do is raise $20,000 to pay for his hospital stay and accommodations during his convalescence. That's where you come in.
If you would like to receive a tax write-off for your donation, please send a check made out to Operation Walk (with "Chinzorig Batjargal" in the memo line) and mail them to Alison Brown, 1979 Grace Ave. #3, Los Angeles 90068.