Higher Education for Impoverished Cambodian Girls

by Lotus Outreach Vetted since 2009 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


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 (CATALYST) initiative is working to rebuild the intellectual class in Cambodia which was tragically purged during the Khmer Rouge genocide.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Lotus Outreach

Location: Ojai, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lotusoutreach.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @lotusoutreach
Project Leader:
Alexandra Land
Sacramento, California United States
$23,824 raised of $60,000 goal
364 donations
$36,176 to go
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