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International Women’s Day – Empowering girls through education in Laos

Last year I was sitting with one of my best friends from high school and her mum at a café in Melbourne. My friend’s mum was filling me in about the The Lotus Foundation. A charity she started after walking through a remote village in Laos, and noticing that hardly any of the girls were in school. This simple yet startling realisation resulted in her partnering with the village chief. Together they identified 44 girls from the poorest families to be sponsored to complete their education. Over the past eight years the program has been very successful. Last year, however, four of the Lotus girls went missing.

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