Category Archives: News

A Life-changing Opportunity for Sophin

To help our scholars improve their English, as well as to stay connected with them, CATALYST has asked students in year one and year two to keep an English journal which they send to us through Facebook Messenger. Sophin wrote a long reflection in Khmer showing her appreciation for the program and the donors for giving her the precious life-changing gift of education.

A Father’s Sacrifice, a Daughter’s Dream Come True

From the village Rajpur, India, Kamini is the daughter of farmer, Lal. Lal has a small plot of land and earns a meager living. Neither Lal nor his five brothers were able to study beyond eighth grade. There was no high school in his village and no means of transportation available. Given his past and current challenges, one would think the idea of educating his daughter would be a far off dream. But not for Lal.

Kálos Skincare: Creating Consciously, Giving Back to Girls in Need

Coffee and cream, yin and yang, a girl and her bicycle: some things are just meant to be together. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our partnership with Kálos Skin in support of the 1000 Bikes Campaign and our recent bike ceremonies where 66 girls received bikes!

A Story of a Survivor

This is a story of vulnerability and prevention. Sometimes children are lucky and come into the care of agencies and those working on keeping children safe. Raksmey is one of these. She was taken into care at a confidential shelter due to the fact her main caregivers were absent and when her mother came back into the picture, she planned to take her out of school and send her to work in Thailand--with all the vulnerabilities and dangers that come with that.

The Gift of Water for Thong

Four months after installing a pump well for villagers in Tbeng Pork Village, we went back for a visit and to follow up. We spoke to Thong who shared with us the impact the well has had on her and her family.

Interview with Hai: A Life of Sacrifice

Srey Hai is a student in 12th grade under support from the Lotus Outreach International Girls Access to Education program (GATE) at Phnom Penh. Hai is full of enthusiasm and determination. We recently sat down with her and her 65-year-old Grandmother, Dysophal. Theirs is a story of immense courage and sacrifice.

A Ride Across Taiwan

Chye Yee, Evie Loo & David Eldor are riding across the island of Taiwan to raise awareness for our 1000 Bikes Campaign, dedicated to empowering vulnerable women and girls through access to education. 為提倡千架單車徵集運動,我們的活動大使CHYE YEE, EVIE LOO & DAVID ELDOR將於活動期間騎車環繞臺灣全島。我們致力通過教育,賦能貧困婦女及女孩自信自強 为提倡千架单车征集运动,我们的活动大使CHYE YEE, EVIE LOO & DAVID ELDOR将于活动期间骑车环绕臺湾全岛。我们致力通过教育,赋能贫困妇女及女孩自信自强。

A Gift of Hope for Sopheak

Meet Sopheak. Sopheak is from Nokor Krao Village, Kouk Chork Commune, Siem Reap District, Siem Reap Province. She lives with her family in a small house with palm leaves for walls and a roof made of tin. At 12 years old, she is the first daughter in the family of two children. She is studying in sixth grade, her younger sister is 6 and in first grade. Her father (36) works as temple construction worker and her mother (30) as a cleaner at a private company. Both parents are illiterate.

Building Leaders for a Better Future

In May, we took our CATALYST scholars on a study visit where they were given leadership training. One month before the trip, we asked all 44 CATALYST scholars who wished to be leaders during the study visit to nominate themselves for a vote. Nine ran for the election and seven students were elected to lead small groups of six members each.

Education No Matter the Cost: Interview with Sothea

An interview with GATE student, Sothea. Here she opens up about her life and the toll poverty has taken on her well being and that of her family. And yet, she is hopeful. We uncover within her a staunch determination to escape the drudgery of her circumstances as well as a strong belief that education is her way out.