On behalf of Lotus Outreach and over 100 urban sex workers and children served by the Non-Formal Education (NFE) program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2009, we would like to thank you for your generous support.
Against all odds and despite significant challenges in the face of the global economic crisis and ongoing brothel raids, over 60% of NFE graduates in 2009 successfully left the sex industry and started a small business, accepted a job or are currently pursuing further education! That’s 63 women and children who have escaped the perils of Cambodia’s red light districts for good, with an additional 40 graduates actively seeking alternative employment.
With your support, we have expanded the NFE project in this year and 130 women and children are now learning to read and write for the first time in their lives. They will additionally learn basic life skills, such as nutrition, preventative healthcare practices, STD prevention and treatment, money management and conflict resolution. While adult students attend vocational training in sewing, cooking, farming and animal husbandry, their children are being prepared for age-appropriate classes in public school and will be provided scholarship assistance once they are ready to enroll.
As a famous African proverb goes, “Educate a boy and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate an entire village.” Operating on this axiom, Lotus Outreach is working to fight global poverty and its tragic consequences by activating ‘the girl effect’ - the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls and women have the opportunity to participate.
We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on the project beneficiaries as they continue on the path to safer, healthier and happier lives.
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