Foundation to aid the Reindeer People

Logo of the Reindeer Tribe of Taiga Foundation or “Тайгын Цаачид Сан”

The Reindeer Tribe of Taiga Foundation” is an initiative by Nomadic Trails created for the purpose of supporting and helping the Reindeer community in the Taiga of Mongolia.

Organizational Background

“Reindeer Tribe of Taiga” is a registered non-government entity operating on the level. We are an operational NGO, meaning we plan and carry out boots-on-the-ground projects to accomplish our objectives. This requires a great deal of careful planning, communication, and local involvement for each project. With the increasing number of problems in the Taiga area where these Dukha people live, we have been implementing long term-project to maximize economic benefits to this local community, protect their nomadic, reindeer herding culture, and improved access to health and education and community empowerment.

Dukha people, also called Tsaatan or Tsaachin in Mongolian, are known as the Reindeer Tribe of Mongolia. We use the Dukha term in our project for the Reindeer Tribe.

Our main goal as an organization is to accomplish the following:

  • Health and Education of Dukha people
  • Providing more job opportunities for both women and men of Dukha people
  • Health and welfare of reindeer

We hope to further our progress in reaching these goals through the project outlined in this proposal.

For more information, please contact Mr.Tulga / head of Operation and Tour Leader of Nomadic Trails/ the head of the initiative.                              Tel: +976 99040894

Dukha woman with her reindeer at their spring camp

Problem Statement

There are wider health problems for the Dukha people because of the lack of providing medical health. There are common issues of high blood pressure, tooth problems, women’s problems, and other issues.

The increasing exploitative tourism in the Taiga region that have a negative or irresponsible impact on these Dukha people and their environment that brings too little or no benefit to these people.

In Mongolia, reindeer may be exposed to a variety of diseases and pathogens, often associated with other domestic livestock, to which they have little natural immunity. They need to be examined to highlight any trends regarding their age, primary presenting signs, and diagnosis all of which are very important for reindeer health.

Reindeer tribe relocating from their winter camp

Measures being taken

To help with the occurring health problems, 2 reindeer herders are chosen each year and brought to Ulaanbaatar city to have a full diagnose and medical treatments necessary. All of this funded by our foundation.  

Hospital visit with the herders

All types of gifts and donations gathered are distributed to the local community.

Gifts and donations being distributed

School bags, notebooks, pens, and pencil for 1-year school supplies for the reindeer children who are new to the school are also gifted.

Children with their school supplies

What can you do to help the Reindeer people?

The easiest way to support the locals is during your trip. You can purchase a bag that has the name “Mongolian Taiga Inspired Me” being sold at Reindeer Tribe camp for 30,000 Tugrik or local currency / 15 USD /. The money goes entirely to the fund to support the Reindeer Tribe.

Our clients having bought the bags to support the Dukha community

You can also purchase handcrafted items from the locals as souvenirs. The handcrafts are many varieties of beautiful reindeer horn carvings.

Reindeer local trading with traveler guests

But first, visit the Reindeer Tribe and be a part of their culture on our “Reindeer Herders Tour” and “Winter Reindeer Tour.

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