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.
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.
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