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.
Oct 7, 2014

Law School and Beyond: Yan Strives for Success!

Yan hard at work!
Yan hard at work!

Lotus Outreach’s GATEways program is thriving. It opens the doors to higher education and achievement as donors like you help aspiring students accomplish their goals! Take Yan for example.

Yan is currently supported by our GATEways program and is a third year student majoring in Law at the University of Management and Economics in Banteay Meanchey Province. Yan’s story exemplifies a diligent and dedicated student fighting to create change in both her personal life and also larger community.

Yan was born in the Prech Chey village located in Banteay Meanchey Province and has one brother and sister. When she was just 12 years old her father passed away, leaving the family in serious debt. Yan’s brother was forced to migrate to Thailand to find a job and earn more money to support their family, while Yan and her sister continued with their studies. In their spare time they also helped their mother on their rice farm to make ends meet.

After grade twelve Yan was ready to migrate to Thailand like her brother to earn more money to support her family. Thankfully, however, after receiving high grades on her final exams she discussed the possibility of going onto University with her mother.

After entering University, GATEways awarded her a scholarship, which she is still currently receiving! This scholarship covers a student’s costs for tuition, food, residence, utilities, additional class fees and a small spending stipend!

Yan has been an extremely hard-working and an active student in University. During her second year, in addition to her studies she worked as a kindergarten teacher at Sisophon Language School for 3 months earning $50 per month. Beginning in May 2014, Yan worked as a short-term data collector with CWCC to research “Cambodian Child Migrant Workers in the Thai Fishing Industry.”

Going forward Yan wants to create further impact. She aspires to work with the Government or in an Official Law Department, such as the Ministry of Justice. Ultimately, she wants to help poor and vulnerable people find justice and live equally within society.

The World Bank Agrees that investing in women’s education is the best way to encourage the right kind of global development. Supporting a GATEways girl through college costs just $100 per month, and it pays dividends to their communities for generations.

Thank you for supporting GATEways and women’s education in the developing world! Together we are making a difference for thousands as these scholars go forward in service to their communities.

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Oct 2, 2014

Sewing A New Future: NFE Trains Vuth

Vuth grew up in the rural Kondal Province which surrounds Phnom Penh and serves as a major agricultural and economic belt for Cambodia’s capital. She is the second oldest of eight children, of which six are girls and two are boys.

Vuth dropped out of school at the sixth grade because of the economic needs of her family which had made her attend very irregularly. Not knowing much math, nor how to read or write very well, she moved to Phnom Penh where she found employment as a waitress in a Chinese noodle restaurant.

So much of Cambodia lives below the international poverty line that Vuth’s very slight income from waiting tables was a sad step up from her family’s earnings.

Twenty-eight percent of Cambodia’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day, and Vuth’s new job landed her an income of $50 per month, or about $1.67 per day.

The area where Vuth works is surrounded by Phnom Penh’s infamous karaoke brothels, which promise incomes twice what Vuth makes, but come at a much greater cost.

After just one month at the noodle restaurant, she succumbed to the temptation of earning up to $100 per month at the Karaoke bars nearby. She worked in this environment for one year before deciding that she could not continue and wanted to move up and out.

Vuth knew she needed to learn to read and write better, and she looked to the NFE program to help build the basic skills that would help her get out of poverty. Khemara’s staff welcomed her into the Borei Kamakor class in January 2014.

From the very beginning Vuth studied very hard and excelled in her NFE class. She asked to be enrolled into the Sewing Skills class, and was quickly accepted based on her superb performance.

Now at age 23, Vuth is working hard to avoid the pitfalls which loom over so many young women in her neighborhood. Thanks to your support, she hopes to someday open her own tailoring shop!

Thank you for supporting Vuth and the Non-Formal Education Program!

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Sep 26, 2014

Kvet is on her way to graduating thanks to you!

Staying in school has made Kvet gain confidence!
Staying in school has made Kvet gain confidence!

Kvet is a 9th grade Phnong student at Oraing Lower Secondary School. Her mother, a widow, lives about 12 kilometers away in a small home with bamboo walls and a curtain for a door. She has 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Because Kvet’s home is so far from the Oraing school, Kvet stays at the dormitory during the school year. On holidays she goes home to help her mother work in the fields.

Kvet has been a part of the Phnong Education Initiative (PEI) since she was in the 7th grade. She began at Oraing Lower Secondary school, paying to live in the dormitory, and also trying to cover food and school supplies costs on her mother’s very limited income. She wanted badly to continue her education, but it was obvious that it would not be sustainable for her family. So Lotus Outreach selected Kvet to receive complete academic support through PEI.

Through PEI, Kvet receives books, a backpack, pens, uniforms, monthly stipend, and tuition support. It costs just $265.00 a year to completely support Kvet’s study.

She has greatly enjoyed lower secondary school, and is very glad that she has been able to stay enrolled. She is involved in activities like student council, and she even takes part in the cultural dance program put on by the school.

“I used to be quiet and not very confident before I got the scholarship from PEI. Now I feel confident speaking with different people, and I am good at math and literature.”

The Phnong Education Initiative was conceived to assist Phnong girls and boys with insufficient means to continue their studies at the upper primary and lower secondary levels in the public school system. However, when the first cohort of girls finished lower secondary school in 2003, the program was expanded to create opportunities for students to become Phnong-language teachers.

In 2014, 20 teachers are being trained to provide Phnong language pedagogy to students from this remote and underserved area. Many of our students move directly into teacher training after 9th grade to become elementary school teachers.

Because the need for even basic education is so dire here, Lotus Outreach is trying to cultivate as many teachers as possible, so young students can be educated in their native language.

Your support can help! Donate $20 today and cover an entire month of a teacher’s training!

Thank you for supporting Lotus Outreach!

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