An ad from World Vision advertised on Channel Seven today: A gift that lasts a lifetime | World Vision Australia (another Aussie mentioned TV personality's Melissa Doyle's story to me previously, so World Vision's promotion of this story is effective)
Eleven years ago, I [Melissa Doyle] sponsored a little girl in Mongolia. Today she's following her dreams at university. Child sponsorship empowers children to overcome poverty in all its forms. It's the gift that lasts a lifetime
I'm not skeptical that the "little girl" has gone to university, but I'm skeptical about whether World Vision can claim credit for it.
While Mongolians may be stereotyped as a country of nomadic herders, by non-Mongolians and Mongolians alike, data from UNESCO indicates that a significant number of Mongolians go to university, and that women aren't under-represented at uni overall. Anecdotally speaking, I've heard that sometimes people from the countryside go to the capital Ulaanbaatar to get an education, and don't return to the countryside afterwards.
As background, I've heard that Mongolians from rural areas often go to boarding school, and start education later and finish education later.
Mongolia is only 2% Christian, so there could be an ulterior reason for an Evangelical Christian charity to target little Mongolian girls rather than little Australian or American girls. (Their FAQ on this, Wikipedia section on evangelism)
Is World Vision's child sponsorship program responsible for people going to university in Mongolia? Also, compared to countries where World Vision advertises for aid, do Mongolians have difficulty going to university?