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.
Jan 8, 2013

On the path to recovery...

Dear friends,

Because of your generous support, 41 women and children received individual and group counseling at our Cambodian safe house this past quarter, including 10 victims of human trafficking, 13 victims of rape and 18 victims of domestic violence. Our two psychologists additionally accompanied clients to court hearings on 14 different occasions to provide emotional support to the girls as they courageously pursue legal action against their perpetrators.

Our team was also successful in reintegrating seven clients (and their children) back into Cambodian society following their treatment and stay at the shelter. Each family was provided a $50 life support package (including food, clothing and kitchenware) to help them get on their feet.

We are also pleased to share that we have started piloting a new economic empowerment model for reintegrated clients and other at-risk women in their communities. Currently, we are operating two financial cooperatives or "Self Help Groups" consisting of 11 women total. This model for client economic empowerment shows tremendous promise over traditional microfinance and grant programs, as the women are immediately plugged into a system of social support and business collaboration. One of these groups established a large chicken farming operation, and their first hatchlings will soon be ready to take to market!

We'd like to thank you again for extending a loving hand to these women and girls, and for giving them a chance at a new life. To learn more about Lotus Outreach, please visit us online at www.lotusoutreach.org or drop us a note at info@lotusoutreach.org.

Wishing you health, peace and prosperity in the New Year!

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Nov 28, 2012

Did you know?

We are the Girl Effect!
We are the Girl Effect!

Lotus Outreach and the Blossom Bus are in the final hours of the second annual Girl Effect Challenge. Victory in this challenge would mean we could double the number of Blossom Bus girls next year to 300, bringing new hope to 150 girls that have been forced to drop out of school and are at-risk of becoming child brides.

The only way we can guarantee victory and continue our invaluable partnership with Girl Effect in 2013 is through your vote.

A donation of just $10 to the project = one vote for the Blossom Bus, and there are two simple ways to cast your vote: 

Donate online at www.blossombus.org

-or-

Text "GIVE 5307" to 80088 to donate $10*

You can track our progress on the Girl Effect Challenge leaderboard here.

So far this year, 150 girls have received rides to and from school each day as a result of the tremendous outpouring of love, support and energy we received from you all in the 2011 challenge. 99% of these girls graduated to a higher grade level this spring, with many making history in their village high schools. We know you can help us cross the finish line again and enable these bright young women to continue blazing trails in their communities.

If you have already donated toward the challenge this month, thank you!!! Please continue to be a voice for these amazing girls by telling your friends, family and colleagues about this challenge via email, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to ask them to donate $10 to cast their vote too.

The "polls" close on November 30, so be sure to cast your vote today!

Warmly,
Lotus Outreach

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Oct 30, 2012

A reason to celebrate this Back to School season!

Bicycle giveaway ceremony
Bicycle giveaway ceremony

As a result of your generous support, 107 impoverished young girls in the Russey Keo district of Phnom Penh, Cambodia received refurbished bicycles and repair kits this month, allowing them to celebrate Back to School season in style.

In rural Cambodia, the road to school is long and full of hazards.  In addition to the time and opportunity costs of traversing lengthy distances to school by foot, rural Cambodian girls face a high incidence of sexual violence in their communities, and walking alone increases their risk.  By supplying heavy-terrain bicycles to the poorest girls living over one mile from the nearest schoolhouse, Lotus Pedals is helping hundreds of adolescent Cambodian girls safely return to school.

The giveaway ceremony, held at Bun Rany Hun Sen Koh Dach High School on October 8, was attended by nearly 1,000 people, including the district officer, commune council, village chief, school director, teachers, local authorities and 700 school children and parents. Speaking to the crowd, the Deputy Governor stressed that a bicycle means a lot to poor family that would otherwise have to save for a very long time in order to afford a bike for their daughter. Student council representatives also declared that with a bike, the girls can now come to school both regularly and on time. Recipients thanked the donors and promised to study hard and take good care of their new bikes.

Susan B. Anthony once said "I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.  It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can't get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."

These words – spoken by a 19th century American feminist – could not be truer in present-day rural Cambodia, where – for a young woman – a bicycle can mean the difference between reaching her full potential and a life of oppression.  We offer our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for entrusting us to help these young Cambodian girls get back to school, and for investing in the healing of a nation.

One of the 107 poor girls that received bikes
One of the 107 poor girls that received bikes
"Thanks for helping me stay in school!"
"Thanks for helping me stay in school!"
New Lotus Pedalers :)
New Lotus Pedalers :)

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