Help a young woman escape Cambodia's sex industry

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


Our Non-Formal Education program provides basic education and vocational training to urban sex workers and their children to help them escape the lethal pitfalls of Cambodia's commercial sex industry.

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There is a great level of shame that accompanies sex work in Cambodia and it is very rare for women to enter the sex trade without exhausting other options for survival. Often times, women escaping severe domestic violence find themselves and their children stranded, without food or shelter. Lacking even rudimentary skills to secure basic employment, these women are forced to sell their bodies in order to ensure the survival of their children.


Provide basic education (literacy, mathematics), vocational training (sewing, cooking, handicrafts, husbandry) and life skills (childcare, nutrition, financial management) to 130 sex workers and their children for 2-3 hours, 5 days a week for 1 year.

Long-Term Impact

From one year to the next, over 75% of NFE students leave red light districts for coveted jobs in garment factories and shops or pursue further vocational training. They have broken the cycle of degradation for themselves and future generations.

Additional Documentation

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


Mini-documentary on our work
Video of NFE literacy class in action
NFE case study: Kuen Sok (Pg. 2)
NFE case study: Sutra (Pg. 2)

Organization Information

Lotus Outreach

Location: Ojai, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @lotusoutreach
Project Leader:
Alexandra Land
Sacramento, CA Cambodia
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