Lotus Pedals provides heavy-terrain bicycles to hundreds of at-risk Cambodian girls who would not otherwise be able to traverse the considerable distance to the nearest schoolhouse. Parents sign an agreement with Lotus Outreach that their daughter, after receiving the bicycle from Lotus Pedals, will remain in school for at least 2 years. We monitor girls' attendance at school to ensure the effectiveness of the program: ensuring girls have safe and reliable transportation to and from school.
One of the key barriers to girls' education in Cambodia is lack of transportation. As a part of a comprehensive scholarship initiative, Lotus Outreach is raising funds to purchase bicycles and repair kits to ensure hundreds of girls can get to school each day.
Lotus Pedals provides bicycles and repair kits to girls who live over 1.5 kilometers from the nearest public schoolhouse. In addition, staff monitor the attendance and academic performance of girls and provide early intervention to ensure they do not drop out of school.
Girls' education is internationally recognized as one of the most powerful catalysts for human development. Educated girls marry later, are more likely to raise healthy and educated children, and benefit their families and communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).