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Happy 2024! Giving Back Project with CATALYST Scholars

Happy 2024! We’re delighted to share with you about our recent fifth Giving Back Project, hosted by Lotus Outreach Cambodia. In an effort to express their gratitude for the scholarship support our CATALYST university scholars receive, every year they raise funds themselves to help schools and students in remote areas, such as Mondolkiri, Siem Reap, Pallin, and Takeo. For example, the students we support provide study materials, teach sanitation, color pictures, build water tanks, and lead students in play based learning activities and games to give back to others and realize their own abundant abilities to help create goodness in others lives and the world. 

Guru Krupa Foundation and Lotus Outreach

We are deeply grateful for our long-term foundation partners, such as the Guru Krupa Foundation who has assisted LO in our work ensuring access to education to girls, young women, and children for more than 10 years. We are touched to share with you about this partnership and Guru Krupa's profound generosity and dedication to both our Blossom Bus and Buddha Smiles programs in India.

Day of the Girl 2023

Day of the Girl celebrates the power that young women have to influence change in their societies. While women and girls have historically been excluded from spaces that support and foster their leadership, education lays the foundation for girls' vibrant lives and empowerment.  Stand with Lotus Outreach beneficiaries and change makers this Day of the Girl and make a gift today.

Meet LO’s Brazilian Impact Partner: Mulheres da Parada

The Solidarity Market serves 2,750 of the poorest families in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil through this free, self serve marketplace. MDP conducts interviews to ensure the neediest families have access to the market, prioritizing single-parent families headed by women, with special attention to families headed by women with children 0- 6. Additionally, participating families receive ongoing psychological assistance, guidance, and education and take part in group discussions, workshops and counseling related to well-being, food security, agriculture and human rights.

1,000 Coffee in 2023

At LO, we believe in the power of collective giving and action. 1,000 Coffee is a community inspired event co-hosted by LO ambassadors and affiliates around the world. Since 2021, our community has hosted 14 bike rides to inspire people to come together around the simple sacrifice of coffee (or tea). In 2023, ambassadors, volunteers, and youth are connecting coffee drinkers and corporate networks around the world with LO's mission. We aim to subscribe 1,000 people. From there who knows what we can accomplish for at-risk girls and communities on this planet?

Lotus Outreach Steps Into the Future

Lotus Outreach was originally founded by Khyentse Norbu in 1993 in Himachal Pradesh, India to serve refugees from Nepal. As time went on, Norbu reimagined the mission of LO to serve the most at-risk women and children in India and Cambodia. As we enter the 30th year of Lotus Outreach, we are expanding our impact beyond India and Cambodia to empower at-risk girls’ and communities in countries around the world. Learn about our new global impact partners and the ways we are scaling our impact to celebrate our 30th year!

Day of the Girl 2022

This October, we join people around the world in honoring the 10th anniversary of International Day of the Girl. Women and girls continue to face unprecedented challenges, made worse by the consequences of climate change, COVID-19, and humanitarian conflict and crises. At Lotus Outreach, we invest every day in the agency, leadership, and potential of young women. Stand with Lotus Outreach beneficiaries and change-makers this Day of the Girl by making a donation today.

Young Leaders Panel for CATALYST Scholars

Lotus Outreach Cambodia (LOCAM) has coordinated training sessions and workshops for CATALYST scholars around themes of Leadership, Debate, Public Speaking and other relevant topics to encourage scholars to engage in meaningful conversations and exchange ideas that go beyond the scope of their academic studies. In July, after a month of preparation and organization by the team, LOCAM hosted the first ever panel discussion for CATALYST scholars around the theme of 'Young Leaders.' LOCAM identified three professionals from different fields to participate in the panel discussion. The aim was to inspire scholars with stories and experiences from these three successful professionals and give them the opportunity to ask questions.

Blossom Bus Spotlight: Give Today for Women’s Rights and Empowerment

This July, we are delighted to highlight our long-term program, Blossom Bus, through a Blossom Bus Spotlight: Give Today for Womens' Rights and Empowerment. Blossom Bus protects young womens’ access to education and empowerment through providing safe daily transportation to school for young women in rural Haryana, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. The campaign aims to help deepen our work through this life-changing program through mobilizing Blossom Bus students and communities around equality, rights, and advocacy. Our goal is to raise $45,000 to scale the impact of Blossom Bus! Read more about Blossom Bus, our campaign, and this program spotlight.

June News: Lotus Pedals in 2022

Since 2009, Lotus Pedals has distributed more than 3,500 bicycle scholarships to young women and girls living in rural Cambodia. We are proud to partner with on the ground NGOs in Cambodia to award scholarships to girls the most in need. In 2022, we plan to award 311 bicycle scholarships, so far, 278 have been distributed. With these heavy terrain bicycles, girls have a safe and reliable way to get to school, which is often many kilometers away along rough and dangerous roads. Read on to meet Sreythorn and learn about how Lotus Pedals supports her in achieving her goals.