Lotus Outreach

Lotus Outreach International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the education, health, and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world. Lotus Outreach achieves its mission by supporting effective grassroots projects in vulnerable communities.
Apr 24, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Lotus Pedals recipients with bike
Lotus Pedals recipients with bike

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners' projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her "Postcard" from the visit in Cambodia:

On March 14, Alexis and I visited Louts Outreach's recipients of the Lotus Pedals project. The recipients were 2 young girls who received a bike from the Lotus Pedals program. Before they had the bikes, these girls would have to walk an hour just to get to school. Now the bikes cut the time in half, and they have more time to study in between school and work. Where do they work? The rubbish heaps nearby to earn extra income for the family. They pick things like plastic bottles and items that can be sold to recycling plants. The average income is $1.25USD per day picking rubbish. T

he Louts Pedals project goal is to not only provide bicycles to young girls but to increase awareness about the importance of education for the family as a whole. Lotus Outreach works with families and the schools, before enrolling in the schools Lotus Outreach staff meets with parents to identify needs and challenges for the kids to get to school. Lotus Outreach also helps to decrease the gender gap between girls and boys.

I asked one of the sister recipients what her favorite subject in school was and she said science because she loves the environment. The other said her favorite was social studies and Khmer traditional dancing class. The father said he hoped for the future of his kids involved getting a good job and to stay in school as long as they could afford it. I turned to the girls and asked what they wanted to be when they grew up - one said a primary school teacher and the other a doctor.

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Apr 19, 2012

A trip to Mewat's Lakhan kiln

New staff member Shabnam holds up a sheaf of wheat
New staff member Shabnam holds up a sheaf of wheat

We recently visited one of Mewat's brick kilns, called Lakhan, where 54 of 300 children of illiterate brick kiln migrants benefit from bus services that ensure their right to education.

The fine tape of bitumen we are traveling is bordered by a thin line of gum trees that gives way to endless fields of wheat and mustard, grown for its pale green-yellow cooking oil. It’s the heart of harvest season and whole families, colorfully dressed in Kurta-Pajama and Salwar –Kameez, bow in the fields scything golden wheat stalks. In the distance we see smoke spiraling upward from thin, tapering stacks rising 100 meters into a cloudless sky.

We turn off toward one of the stacks marking Lakhan kilns. A heavy layer of dust envelops our car in a thick cloud, and those walking the dirt road to the kilns shield their eyes and nostrils.

We pass a huge truck heavily laden with bricks, reminding us why migrant parents would not send their small children by foot along these roads, also shared by horse-drawn carts, cattle, tractors and huge combine harvesters.

We enter the compound and head for an old fig tree that reserves its shade for the foreman’s shack. His ample form lay inert on a rope cot inside his doorless, windowless office. He shook off his morning nap and staggered out to greet us. The buzz went out and children emerged from all directions like ants to a picnic.

Soon some 30 of the 54 children attending grades 1-4 at Bhanguri village school assembled before us, some shy, some inquisitive, all waiting to see what “Sir” (Shyam Vir, our coordinators for Hathin block) has to say and what will come from mouth of this white fellow, a rare species.

Most parents gathered at a distance but one father, Suraj Pal, stood close. “Three of my children are going to school on your bus. I’m happy the teachers are now making an effort to educate our children,” he told us. “I am illiterate but even so, I can check their workbooks and even go to the school twice a month to check on the teachers and see if they’re doing their job. Maybe things will be better for our children than it was for us.”

It takes three bus rounds to pick all 54 children up and Shyam Vir says, “They are keen to attend school and very regular, around 50 of 54 go daily.”  

We reentered our dust cloud amidst the energetic shouts and waves of the children, feeling very happy to know we are managing to keep 300 children of migrants connected to a hopeful future.

Children gather at our arrival in Lakhan
Children gather at our arrival in Lakhan
Feroz Khan, grade 3, demonstrates his writing
Feroz Khan, grade 3, demonstrates his writing
Mar 13, 2012

TODAY Only: Your Donation Matched 30%!

Girls in rural Mondulkiri receive their new bikes
Girls in rural Mondulkiri receive their new bikes

Dear friends,

We would like to sincerely thank you for investing in the Lotus Pedals project.  With your generous support, we have provided nearly 500 young girls with a ride to school and a chance at an education—the most powerful catalyst for eradicating poverty in the developing world.

Did you know that an additional donation to Lotus Pedals can be matched 30% today?!   GlobalGiving put up $50,000 in matching funds at 12:01 am EST, Wednesday March 14 to give your charitable contribution to our cause an extra boost. Check out how your donation today will grow:

$10 = $13
$50 = $66
$75 = $100
$150 = $200

What’s more, for this first Bonus Day of the year GlobalGiving is awarding $1,000 to the project that raises the most money and another $1,000 to the project with the most unique donors. This is exactly how you won GlobalGiving’s Girl Effect Challenge for our Blossom Bus project last October, and we know you can do it again!

But remember, once the $50,000 in matching funds runs out, the bonus boosts are over. So to make sure you snag that extra 30% AND put us in the running for the $1,000 bonus money, submit your donation now! 

Thanks again for your continued support!

Lots of love,
Lotus Outreach

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