History Continued….

 2008

  • Move into first office.
  • Give up 1200 square foot warehouse and begin to shut down the clothing project to focus on more sustainable programs.
  • The Dulaan Project receives 8,739 hand made items from knitters around the world.
  • Receive in-kind donations totaling over $600,000 including over 30 tons of used clothing.
  • 4 Surgical volunteers give training and $50,000 worth of orthopedic implants to Trauma Hospital in Ulaanbaator.
  • 2 Medical volunteers give lectures and training at The Cancer Center and Optometry unit of Maternal and Child Health.
  • Continue to research and develop the Orthopedic Training Program, Hepatitis B Vaccination, English Language Education Program and the Wool Project.

 

2007

  • The documentary, “One Steppe at a Time: FIRE in Mongolia” shows at Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.
  • FIREWORKS 3, A Photography & Fine Art Show & Auction, held at Josephine’s Modern American Bistro in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Receive in-kind donations totaling over $600,000 including over 30 tons of winter clothing.
  • The Dulaan Project receives 17, 376 handmade items from knitters around the world.
  • 6 Clothing volunteers distribute 12 tons of winter clothing to over 5,000 people.
  • Distribute educational supplies and English books, including 80 computers loaded with English language software for English learning to the Mongolian Education Alliance and 12 schools.
  • 4 Medical volunteers give lectures and training to approximately 250 physicians and nurses on a variety of clinical and public health topics.
  • Distribute $300,000 worth of medical supplies to 20 rural hospitals and family clinics in 4 provinces.
  • Continue collaboration with Dr. Yanjma and Project CURE Mongolia in Ulaanbaator.
  • Aid distribution in Ulaanbaator, Choibalson, Sainshand, Olgii, and Khovsgol Aimag.
  • Began the Orthopedic Training Program.

 

2006

  • Gather and ship 10 tons of winter clothing to Pakistan to assist earthquake victims.
  • Import and sell 8 gers as a fundraiser.
  • The documentary, “One Steppe at a Time: FIRE In Mongolia” shows at Telluride Mountainfilm Festival.
  • Featured non-profit at Telluride Mountainfilm’s “Next Steppe”, non-profit venue.
  • Receive in-kind donations totaling over $200,000 including over 20 tons of winter clothing.
  • The Dulaan Project receives 12,085 handmade items from knitters around the world.
  • 4 Clothing volunteers distribute 8 tons of winter clothing to 10,000 people.
  • Distribute 6,000 English language books to 12 schools and the Mongolian Education Alliance.
  • 2 Medical volunteers deliver 450 boxes containing $200,000 of medical supplies to 14 rural hospitals and clinics.
  • Aid distribution in Ulaanbaator, Khenti, Darnod, Bayan-Olgii, Sainshand, and Tov
  • Begin collaboration with Dr. Yanjima and Project CURE Mongolia in Ulaanbaator.

 

2005

  • Move into a 1200 square foot warehouse.
  • Collect over 15 tons of clothing.
  • The Dulaan Project receives 4,517 items from knitters around the world.
  • 8 Clothing volunteers distribute 18 tons of winter clothing to over 10,000 people.
  • 4 Medical volunteers distribute 400 boxes of medical supplies valued at $110,000 to 14 different hospitals and clinics.
  • Aid distribution in 9 provinces, including Khovsgol, Darnod, Bayan-Olgii, Omnogov, and Tov.
  • Anne Walton films “One Steppe at a Time: FIRE in Mongolia” following the 2005 distribution team.
  • Purchase 500 handmade Mongolian and Kazakh bags directly from the women who make them and sell them as a fundraiser through David Edwards Photography.
  • Pete Morrow and Khan Bank donate $2000 to purchase Mongolian Fine Art to be sold at FIREWORKS 2.
  • FIREWORKS 2, A Photography & Fine Art Show & Auction, held at Photography on the Square in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Meredith Potts gives slide shows about Mongolia and FIRE to the Flagstaff, AZ community.

 

2004

  • Hire Meredith Potts as Executive Director, FIRE’s first paid employee.
  • FIREWORKS, A Photography & Fine Art Show & Auction, held in Flagstaff, AZ. The event auctioned 175 items and grossed $25,000.
  • Clothing drive held at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff, collecting over 1 ton of clothing.
  • Establish weekly pick-ups of donated clothing from 5 Northern Arizona used clothing stores.
  • The local Eddie Bauer store begins donating used boxes for the packing of clothes.
  • Move from a 200 square foot storage unit into a 400 square foot trailer.
  • Volunteers in Flagstaff, AZ collect 12 tons of clothes.
  • 6 Volunteers distribute 8 tons of winter clothing in Mongolia.
  • Aid distribution in Ulaanbaator, the Gobi Desert, Cholibalsan, Olgii and Batshireet.
  • David Edwards and Meredith Potts give slide shows about Mongolia to the Flagstaff, AZ community.
  • Purchase handicrafts directly from women in Mongolia and sell them as a fundraiser through David Edwards Photography.
  • FIRE imports and sells its first ger as a fundraiser.

 

2003

  • Meredith Potts begins to organize and restructure FIRE, eventually reviving it.

 

2002

  • FIRE gains its own 501c.3 status as a non-profit organization.

 

2001

  • Brief hibernation period to conserve funding and reorganize.

 

2000

  • FIRE changed its name to the Flagstaff International Relief Effort.
  • Clothing drives continue at local stores, schools, churches and businesses.
  • Volunteers based in Flagstaff, AZ collect 10 tons of clothing.
  • 8 Volunteers distribute 7 tons of winter clothing , medical and educational supplies to 5,000 people.
  • Distribute aid in Ulaanbaator, the Gobi Desert, Cholibalsan, Khenti Aimag and Renchilumbe.
  • Establish a long-term relationship with the Zorig Foundation and Oyun Sanjaasuren.
  • David Edwards and Kate Thompson give slide shows about Mongolia throughout the community, including schools and social service organizations.

 

1999

  • Operates as a 501c.3, The Mongolian Orphans Association, under the umbrella of A.W.A.R.E. (Alliance for Wholistic Arts, Resources and Education).
  • Grass roots efforts completely supported by volunteers and the Board of Directors.
  • Clothing drives held at local stores, schools, churches and businesses.
  • Volunteers based in Flagstaff, AZ collect 7 tons of winter clothing.
  • 9 Volunteers travel to Mongolia and distribute 6 tons of winter clothing in Ulaanbaator to 2,000 people.
  • David Edwards presents slide shows about Mongolia to the Flagstaff, AZ community.

 

1998

  • Operates as a 501c.3, The Mongolian Orphans Association, under the umbrella of A.W.A.R.E. (Alliance for Wholistic Arts, Resources and Education).
  • FIRE continues fundraising, planning and collection of winter clothing in preparation for a 1999 distribution trip.
  • David Edwards presents slide shows about Mongolia to the Flagstaff, AZ community to raise awareness and funds for his efforts.

 

1997

  • David Edwards and a group of concerned citizens gather together to begin collecting and planning for a distribution trip to Mongolia.
  • David Edwards presents slide shows about Mongolia to the Flagstaff, AZ community to raise awareness and funds for his efforts.

 

1993 – 1996

  • With the “off the record” help of airline employees, David Edwards hand carries duffel bags of winter clothing donated by the people of Flagstaff, AZ to Mongolia while photography for magazine assignments. His record for a single trip was 19 duffel bags.
  • David Edwards presents slide shows about Mongolia to the Flagstaff, AZ community to raise awareness and funds for his efforts.

 

 

FIRE is a registered 501c.3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.