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.
Jul 1, 2016

Daa, a lotus flower.

Daa.
Daa.

Daa, an 18-year-old in 12th grade is a recipient of our GATE, Lotus Pedals and Rice support programs.

We met 18-year-old Daa at her grandmother’s house, a three-walled wood and thatch hut on low stilts with the front totally open to the elements (and whoever would like to walk in at night) on the front side.

As with many Cambodians living in poverty, Daa was left with her grandma as a two year old baby in order to allow her parents to migrate to Thailand as laborers. Daa said, “my parents home is very far from here, in the opposite direction of my school so I hardly ever see my parents even when they are at home”.

While her family issues may have had a profound impact on Daa’s self esteem, it is clear from her responses to our questions the in fact she is doing so well in her class work. She is committed, resilient, and highly disciplined. Daa is now in her 3rd year under support from the Girls Access to Education Program and she tells us, “The GATE program provides me two sets of uniforms, shoes, books, hat, raincoat and a monthly stipend of $25. I spend almost all the stipend on extra tuition classes and occasionally, a snack at school.”

When asked about her bicycle she said, “the bicycle is provided by Lotus Pedals program and without which I couldn’t possibly cover distance of 15kms to school and back every day.  I’m at school from 7am till 6pm everyday and with tuition classes in between so I have to take a packed lunch.” Daa told us she that before getting the new bike she used her grandma’s wobbly and often broken old bike to get to school. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year Daa has had a brand new heavy duty Lotus Pedals bicycle of her own!

During the 9-month school year, Daa also gets 50kgs of rice from the GATE program, as they are considered poorest of the poor. The Grandma’s children send some money from their income as labor in Thailand, otherwise there is no income for this household that includes 3 small children that are Daa’s cousins, children of another daughter, left with Grandma, for a total of 4 kids in her care.

Daa very proudly tells us, “I enjoy study and get 2nd highest marks in my class of 39 students on a monthly basis. My Grandmother gives me all the time I need to study. My only household chore is to gather wood for cooking and I sometimes look after the small children here and there.” We ask what she will do after year 12 and while she is not sure, she feels teaching will be a good option for her. We are all very impressed by Daa’s strength and resolve as she tells us, “Even if I get no further support for my studies, there is no doubt in my mind I will continue to University after I finish year 12 this year!

Daa is a precious, highly capable human resource living in extreme poverty as a lotus lives in the mud. Daa’s story is one of many that convince us our investment in providing these women and children access to education is absolutely and unreservedly worthwhile!!

Daa and her bicycle.
Daa and her bicycle.
Daa and her family.
Daa and her family.
Daa in front of her house with her bike.
Daa in front of her house with her bike.
Jun 28, 2016

Daa, a lotus flower.

Daa
Daa

Daa, an 18-year-old in 12th grade is a recipient of our GATE, Lotus Pedals and Rice support programs.

We met 18-year-old Daa at her grandmother’s house, a three-walled wood and thatch hut on low stilts with the front totally open to the elements (and whoever would like to walk in at night) on the front side.

As with many Cambodians living with poverty, Daa was left with her grandma as a baby at two years of age in order to free her parents to migrate to Thailand as laborers. Daa said, “my parents home is very far from here, in the opposite direction of my school so I hardly ever see my parents even when they are at home”.

While her family issues may have had a profound impact on Daa’s self esteem, it is clear from her responses to our questions the infact she is doing so well in her class work. She is committed, resilient, and highly disciplined. Daa is now in her 3rd year under support from the Girls Access to Education Program and she tells us, “The GATE program provides me two sets of uniforms, shoes, books, hat, raincoat and a monthly stipend of $25. I spend almost all the stipend on extra tuition classes and occasionally, a snack at school.”

“The bicycle is provided by Lotus Pedals program and without which I couldn’t possibly cover distance of 15kms to school and back every day.  I’m at school from 7am till 6pm everyday and with tuition classes in between so I have to take a packed lunch.” Daa told us she that before getting the new bike she used her grandma’s wobbly and often broken old bike to get to school. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year Daa has had a brand new heavy duty Lotus Pedals bicycle of her own!

During the 9-month school year, Daa also gets 50kgs of rice from the GATE program, as they are considered poorest of the poor. The Grandma’s children send some money from their income as labor in Thailand, otherwise there is no income for this household that includes 3 small children that are Daa’s cousins, children of another daughter, left with Grandma, for a total of 4 kids in her care.

Daa very proudly tells us, “I enjoy study and get 2nd highest marks in my class of 39 students on a monthly basis. My Grandmother gives me all the time I need to study. My only household chore is to gather wood for cooking and I sometimes look after the small children here and there.” We ask what she will do after year 12 and while she is not sure, she feels teaching will be a good option for her. We are all very impressed by Daa’s strength and resolve as she tells us, “Even if I get no further support for my studies, there is no doubt in my mind I will continue to University after I finish year 12 this year!

Daa is a precious, highly capable human resource living in extreme poverty as a lotus lives in the mud. Daa’s story is one of many that convince us our investment in providing these women and children access to education is absolutely and unreservedly worthwhile!!

Daa and her grandmother.
Daa and her grandmother.
Daa and her family
Daa and her family
Daa and her bicycle
Daa and her bicycle
Daa with her grandmother and sibling.
Daa with her grandmother and sibling.
Daa in front of her home.
Daa in front of her home.
Jun 6, 2016

My name is Usha

Usha and her mother.
Usha and her mother.

Breaking news! 

  • All of the Blossom Girls in year 12 have passed and will graduate.
  • We are now identifying girls for a push to add around 10 new riders to the Blossom to College and would be up to 30 riders!

USHA is a recent high school graduate who was able to attend higshcool under the Blossom Bus program.

We are looking at Usha’s case along with all the nine others that passed the 12th grade in the 2015-16 school year and wishing to continue to college. Currently we have 20 girls in our Blossom to College Program and we are seeing if we are in a position to take on more girls. Some of these new graduates are from the same villages as the current girls of the Blossom to College Bus program so we are hoping that we can bring those girls into the program easily.

Below is a letter written by Usha in request of further assistance:

My name is Usha, daughter of Tejvir. My father runs a makeshift shop in front of a temple in Gurgaon selling offerings to devotees and feeding family of seven persons. My mother is a housewife.

I have graduated from High school this year travelling on Blossom Bus which is a great achievement for me. My father is very happy that his daughter is now a school graduate and another reason for his happiness is that his younger daughter has also passed grade eight from village school and has enrolled herself in High school at Aharwan and started travelling on Blossom Bus.

My father is a worried man as well at the same time because I am very much willing to go to college but we do not have resources to go to a college 20 kilometers away from my village. My father is capable of paying my college fee etc. but a safe transport is not available. Most of the girls from my village who have graduated from school never went to college.

I do not know what to do.

From,
Usha

 

We hope to support Usha along with all of the other Blossom Bus graduates who wish to attend college. It is with your help that we can continue to assist these youg women on their quest for an education. Thank you!

Usha with her brother and family.
Usha with her brother and family.
Letter written by Usha requesting transportation.
Letter written by Usha requesting transportation.
 

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