Category Archives: News

Announcing the 2nd Annual 1000 Bikes Campaign with Lotus Pedals!

We're so excited to announce our 2nd annual 1000 Bikes Campaign! This is an awesome opportunity to provide access to education to at-risk girls and young women in India and Cambodia. Our goal for this campaign is simple: raise funds and awareness around the challenges these girls face. If you're local to Santa Ynez and available May 11th, come ride with us!

CATALYST Scholars Pay it Forward, Part 1

For the past three years, our CATALYST program has taken its students on annual study visits. This year our scholars are planning to "pay it forward" and raise money for a school in need in Mondolkiri. It's amazing to see the big hearts of our CATALYST students in action. They are an inspiration and a powerful example of how when people feel empowered, they empower others!

Palwal Girls Hop on to a Better Future

The Hindustan Times, India wrote a wonderful feature article about our Blossom Bus program!

Nancy Hilliard Joyce Interview

We recently connected with visual artist, philanthropist, and writer Nancy Hilliard Joyce to talk about her commitment to educational access and women’s rights, as well as the role these themes have played in past and current creative projects.

Phach Meas

Phach Meas – Even though Phach grew up in abject poverty, she always wanted to get an education. From the age of 5 Phach harassed her father to send her to school until he finally relented when she was 8. They couldn’t afford books or stationary. Her father fashioned home made chalk from river clay and a chalk board from a piece of off-cut timber. Phach was supported by LO at high school and assisted her entry into a course for Pastry Chefs. Phach recently graduated and is now working and earning a good living.

Noryath

Coming from the poorest of poor families, Noryrath Hong qualified for a Lotus Outreach high school scholarship from year 10. She completed year 12 and was then awarded a further 4 year scholarship after which she graduated a Bachelor of English literature. She now works for an organisation that works to protect children from all sorts of exploitation.

Mai Por Kim

Mai Por Kim and her mother. Kim is 16 years of age in grade 10 at Chbaa Ampov, High School in Phnom Penh. Por Kim tells us with tears welling in her eyes, “For all that we have received, I want to thank Lotus Outreach Australia from the bottom of my heart!!” We interview her as part of the GATE Phnom Penh – Rice Support and scholarship program.

Lokesh

Lokesh travelled to school and College for six years on Blossom Bus from Bichpuri village along with around 30 other riders from the same village. Two years back Lokesh was one of six local youths hired by us for an after school teaching program called Equality Education Addition (EQ+). She was paid for that work and earned herself a lot of respect from her village for being a young, educated woman getting a good salary while working from her home village.

Chun Ni

33 years old Chun Ni has been carting water on her shoulders nearly two miles, twice a day, one in the morning and once in the afternoon for 13 years! And tells us, “I was 20 when I first starting carting it when my parents were too old to cart water after which the job fell to me.” We asked her what she felt about having access to clean water right at her doorstep. A huge grin and sheer delight on her face told us everything as she brought her hands together with a huge thank you!!