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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you health, peace and prosperity in the New Year!
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