The highest award given to foreign citizens was presented to Country Director Kim Mansaray.
By NPCA Staff
Photos courtesy the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
For the 30th anniversary of the Peace Corps in Mongolia, last summer Country Director Kim Mansaray — who served as a Volunteer herself in Sierra Leone 1983–85 — was presented with the highest award given to foreign citizens: the Order of the Polar Star. In a ceremony with Deputy Foreign Minister Munkhjin Batsumber of Mongolia, the award was bestowed on Peace Corps Mongolia and its leadership for peace-building efforts in the country.
Nearly 1,500 Volunteers have served in Mongolia since 1991, contributing their skills to the social development and well-being of its citizens.
Presentation of the Polar Star: Deputy Foreign Minister Munkhjin Batsumber of Mongolia, right, with Peace Corps Mongolia Country Director Kim Mansaray
Three Decades of Service
December 2021 saw more special recognition for Peace Corps Mongolia: the release of a commemorative stamp to celebrate three decades since the first Volunteers arrived. The stamp features the Peace Corps logo; a Volunteer teaching young children; and Mongolian landmarks.