The 2023 Mission Manduhai trip took place from August 14 - September 3, and performed in the region between Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan. There were 12 members in the group; 5 American performers, 4 Mongolian performers, 2 drivers, and one representative from the National Center Against Violence.
The first performance was a street performance in UB in front of a major department store. Half of the group performed, while the other half gave out flyers. Also in UB was a visit to the National Center Against Violence, where we donated gifts to the children and performed. MM also donated the money to sustain the MM hotline.
The group continued the tour the following day, and we reached 13 remote villages and were able to hand out all 5,250 flyers we had printed. Most of the performances were outdoors in the village centers. The shows were so well attended that people were fighting to get the flyers, because we didn’t have enough for everybody. We will have to print more next year.
It was a very fun and successful trip.
Cami: "I’ve never been to another country before, so this opportunity was amazing for me. Not only do I get the opportunity to learn about a new culture and country, I also get to spread awareness around a very prevalent issue. This experience has been so eye opening and inspiring"
Jenna: “This is such a unique way to be immersed in a different culture, and we are so lucky to be part of this experience. Not only are we spreading awareness and resources for domestic abuse, but we are being welcomed into peoples homes and learning about the culture first hand."
Olivia: “Performing in Mongolia has been one of the most beautiful and rewarding things I’ve ever done. I am so thankful to able to have this wonderful and immersive experience with other passionate circus performers."
Vincent: “I’m having a great time! Never has performing felt so rewarding. The fact that I went from just messing around with clubs and juggling balls to doing something that actually helps others is a humbling experience. The amount of people coming up to grab pamphlets was INSANE! Also, being surrounded by mountains all the time is a treat after living around flat plains for 20 years. Everyone I have talked to about this trip has called it the adventure of a lifetime, but I hope it's not the last time in my life I visit Mongolia! Would love to experience the rest of what this beautiful place has to offer ”