Girls Access To Education (GATE program)

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Lotus Outreach Australia currently helps 150 Cambodian girls from very poor families to have a chance to get an education.

We provide health checks for the girls, and with our Rice Support Program, we provide 30 kilos of rice per month to the very poorest families, supporting parents to be able to allow their daughters to stay at school instead of having them go out to work to supply family income.

How the girls are chosen

Lotus Outreach Australia works alongside our In-Country partner Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre (CWCC) who in turn work with Local Education Working Groups to identify girls most at risk in our target communities and help keep them in school. Both monitoring and regularly meeting with students and their families means that the girls attend school consistently and achieve their grades.

Working with the Community

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We underpin this by helping to run Community Education Sessions on Human Rights issues: the value to families, communities and the country of educating girls: and the consequences of trafficking, domestic violence, and child rights.

Real, positive outcomes

Girls whose families are illiterate, are becoming the first high school graduates in their families. Mothers are coming forward to tell us how important schooling is for their daughters. Many of the girls are starting to see themselves in a new light – focusing on graduating, going on to further education and a good job, and in turn making sure that their future children will be educated and independent too.