This project will allow Lotus Outreach to send 100 impoverished Cambodian girls to university, enabling them to rank among the 2% of women in their country to possess tertiary education. By supporting women's higher education, the GATE Women and Youth Scholarship (GATEways) initiative is working to rebuild the intellectual class in Cambodia which was tragically purged during the Khmer Rouge genocide.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Cambodia is only beginning to heal from the scars left by the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. An entire generation missed out on public education, and only 2% of women in the country have baccalaureate education today. This dearth of professionals is directly linked to ongoing poverty, infant and maternal mortality, poor education quality, and sluggish economic growth.
How will this project solve this problem?
The legacy of poverty left by the genocide means the very people who promise to help Cambodia develop--its future doctors, teachers, lawyers, bankers, and business people--are unable to reach their potential for want of a few dollars each month in school-related expenses. By supporting higher education for Cambodia's poorest girls, Lotus Outreach is working to change this reality, one girl at a time.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will enable 100 promising young women to complete baccalaureate education, breaking the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination for themselves, their families, and their country.
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,364
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $45,637
Total Funding Goal: $60,000