The Ger Districts


The ger districts are located on hills and mountains surrounding Ulaanbaatar. They have schools, stores and hospitals just the communities your community. However, they do not have paved roads and there is seemingly no organization or layout to how the buildings and gers are arranged. The people that live here have often migrated to Ulaanbaatar from the countryside, or they are the children of migrants. They are not as economically well-off as the people who live closer to the city center. 

What community need did I learn about?:

The people that live in the ger districts on the edges of Ulaanbaatar do not have access to resources such as central heating, running water, or a sewage system. To take a warm shower, they have to pay to use local bathhouses. They fetch drinking water from a well and they use toilets that are called "pit toilets", or holes in the ground. 

Why does the community have this need?:

The ger districts came about as informal communities. They were formed by people leaving the countryside with their gers and settling on empty patches of land outside the main city. As more and more people did this, the empty patches of land soon became filled with gers and the families that inhabit them.