Many years ago, Lotus Outreach visited the remote villages of Kampot with the hope to serve the communities eventually. We met families living too far from schools and health services that needed assistance. While talking with one group of women in the intense heat next to a dried-up pond, some of their children arrived barefoot after walking home on the blistering hot sandy roads from school.
There and then Lotus Outreach decided that we had to come back to provide support for these children and their communities. Over the years, we have drilled deep bore wells across three districts of the province Kampot. Many of the villagers have come from other areas of Kampot looking for cheap land, hoping to settle down with their families.
Last year we visited a freshly drilled well at Prey Peay village in the district of Chukk. The community told us that the children were walking anywhere from 3 to 5 kilometers to their primary school. We agreed to provide bicycles to the girls that needed them through the Lotus Pedals program and gave away 12 bikes at that time.
Since then, we have provided a total of 26 bikes for the children of this small village. Parents of these children work as laborers on nearby farms and go deep into the forest to search for bamboo and medical plants to eke out for their livelihood. The adults work many hours each day which makes it hard for them to ensure their children attend school. These bikes will make it much easier for the kids to get to school and we are confident that all of the Lotus Pedals recipients will continue to pursue their educations with the help of these heavy-terrain bicycles.
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