The Sound Essence Project has five core areas:
1) Cultural Sustainability,
2) Sustainable Living,
3) Environments of Learning,
4) Health and Healing, and
The Sound Essence Project has various projects within each core area.
We are working with Mongolia toward Community Development and Sustainable Communities.
Our main projects are:
1. College Scholarships
We currently are putting five students through four years of college in Mongolia.
We provide small loans for locally owned and traditional businesses in the Erdenet area. The first group of women we worked with started The Blessing Bakery. We plan to meet with other groups this summer, including one that hopes to start a leather goods project.
3. The Mongolian Storytellers' Project
We filmed Tsaatan and Darhad people sharing traditional stories and songs last year. We will continue to travel to the Arkhungai in the summer of 2006, filming storytellers of the region.
4. Tree Planting
A group of students and volunteers in Erdenet will plant 100 pine seedlings next to Father Gaby's orphanage. Tree planting may become a small development project in the near future. This will provide local jobs and help to reforest some of the area.
5. Medical Supplies
We will distribute 22 stethoscopes to area doctors in Ulaanbaatar with Dr. Bira's guidance. We also will take some of the stethoscopes to the Arkhungai Region.