The Lotus Children's Centre
Lotus cares for a large number of Mongolia's homeless and unwanted children.
The Lotus Children's Centre was established by Didi Ananda Kalika. Didi arrived in
The children are variously victims of abandonment, abuse or neglect. Alcoholism has become endemic amongst the poor and domestic violence and brutal crime are on the increase. Wherever possible Lotus encourage contact between children and their families. Lotus looks after the basic health, shelter and educational needs of the children. As the children grow, there is a great need for them to learn some skills for employment and effective life skills, so they can break the cycle of poverty and despair and live happier lives. Lotus has a kindergarten and there are plans to open a primary school. Some of the teenagers are attending high school and university courses.
Other Lotus projects include the Soup Kitchen, providing food to needy families in the area. There are plans to set up a bakery, where teenagers can learn skills and earn come money by making and selling bread and cakes to local people.
The Lotus Children's Centre receives no Government funding, and depends entirely on individual and business support. The running costs (wages, electricity, food and heating) total approximately $5,000 per month. If you are visiting