Lotus Outreach - Cambodia
Girls Access to Education (GATE)
Lotus Outreach is dedicated to ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk and exploited women and children in the developing world.
Years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Lotus Outreach came to the ALMT in 2011 needing assistance in supporting its Girls Access to Education (GATE) project in Cambodia. The project supports the education of more than 600 girls in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Banteay Meanchey. The ALMT is working with Lotus Outreach and the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre (CWCC) to provide scholarships to girls who are at-risk or survivors of violence in order to keep them enrolled in school and advance to further education if possible. These scholarships not only cover the indirect costs of education such as materials, uniforms, and transportation, but also ensure the poorest families have enough rice to eat so the girls will not be taken out of school and put back to work. In addition, some of the girls qualify for residential placement in protective housing.
The ALMT made a commitment to support this initiative throughout 2011 and into 2012. GATE also features a community-based participatory process of building Child Protection Networks. Through engaging community volunteers and building culturally-relevant prevention programs, GATE is able to further stem the tide of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
For the past two years, through fundraising at the annual Burns Night dinner, the ALMT have also supported the Lotus Pedals programme, providing bicycles for girls to use to get to school in Cambodia.