Care and Protection

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Our care initiatives address gaps in the provision of basic needs in places where the conditions for exploitation are devastating. These initiatives work together with our education and training projects to cultivate empowerment and protection for those who need it most. Providing care and protection nourishes wellbeing among beneficiaries and supports educational and learning outcomes.

According to the United Nations, while human trafficking victims can be people of both genders, over 70% of those victims are women and girls. Moreover, 54% of all trafficking victims in 2014 were said to be trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Armed with this knowledge, we cannot stand idly by. We must do something.

Because trafficking is inextricably linked to poverty around the world, all of our programs are preventative in nature. In the areas of Cambodia where we work, young women without education migrate by the tens of thousands from the rural countryside to cities looking for work to help support their families. Without options, the conditions for exploitation are tenfold. In India, reducing the devastating impacts of malnutrition is a worldwide priority.

Providing care in vulnerable communities transforms lives and our impact is multiplied through the capacity and vision of the young women and girls we support.

Education and Training
Girl At School Reading to Class: Lotus Outreach International

Girls’ education is a transformative force. Educated women experience wide-ranging benefits, including: healthier children, less risk of experiencing  domestic violence, marry younger, have fewer children, higher incomes, respect in making household decisions, and better healthcare for their families. All these advantages  combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.

Creating Gender Equality

Where there is poverty, there are opportunities for exploitation. Women and girls are much more vulnerable than men and boys  in low income countries where gender discrimination impacts all levels of social, economic and political life. We recognize gender discrimination and work toward gender equality in the communities we are active.  

Anti-trafficking, Health, and Water Services

Lotus Outreach ant-trafficking, health, and water service programs are are directly serving 17,000 women and children in 2019. We are proud to support the conditions for our beneficiaries to thrive.