Rating: 5 stars 8 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Human Services
Location: PO Box 60351 Sacramento CA 95860 USA
Target demographics: women and children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 30,000 women and children
Geographic areas served: India and Cambodia
Programs: access to education and economic empowerment
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I'm met most of Lotus Outreaches volunteer staff and can see they all give huge amounts of time and heartful energy to this small but mighty NGO. LO reports are easy to read and show clearly they have continued to deliver almost all of the funds they collect to the recipients over the course of many years.
I have travelled to Cambodia and spent a long time in India where Lotus Outreach programs are operating and met many of the program recipients. Its easy to see how LO works on the ground as an with grass roots NGOs but also pays attention to the big picture by working to bring about structural change. The Lotus Education as a right networking program in Mewat, near Delhi India for instance, began by mobilizing highly illiterate village Indians to fight from the bottom up for improvement in the government schools which seemed in an almost hopeless state and lobbying a disinterested education directorate from the top down. Now, after a couple of years of intense work, the LEARN program is working WITH a cooperative government to completely renovate all aspects of these schools within 12 months. On November 11 this years the Prime Minister of India will announce the campaign Lotus has helped the government create at Mewat as a National Campaign!! Most people would laugh at the tiny budget all this has been achieved with. I have seen this kind of approach in many LO programs and give them two thumbs and 7 stars for authentic social development with an eye on long term solutions.
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Admittedly, as LO's development manager, my opinion is biased. But my commitment to this organization is a testament to its value. LO makes a real difference to people who are forgotten and overlooked, but integral to reversing the scourge of global poverty. And it happens on a shoestring budget - LO is one to watch!
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nominate them for nonprofit of the year.