Lotus Outreach was founded by Khyentse Norbu in 1993 in Himachal Pradesh, India to serve the widespread suffering of the local population. Our mission later expanded after the founder’s encounter with a small girl at a safe house for women who had been trafficked in Cambodia. She held his finger and wouldn’t let go. It is really because of her and her strength he says that Lotus Outreach is here today serving at-risk women and children from vulnerable communities across India and Cambodia with education, training, care and protection — and a special emphasis on the empowerment of girls. 

In 2002, LO was incorporated in California to create a U.S. center. Our affiliates are present in seven countries worldwide and represent a global community of volunteers and ambassadors that believe empowerment is the heart of sustainable change. Our LO staff team have a healthy working rapport that bridges 5 time zones.