LOTUS Humanitarian Aid Foundation
You can play an active role in improving and even saving lives in Viet Nam and Mexico with your donation to LOTUS Humanitarian Aid Foundation. No matter what your level of spending, your contribution will be matched with the donations of other individuals and organizations to provide Open Heart surgeries for deserving kids; to provide support for education of school kids in Viet Nam; to provide clean drinking water for families in central Mexico, and to continue the good work of LOTUS.
Past contributions have assisted in funding more than 925 Open Heart surgeries, providing scholarships for dozens of Viet Nam kids, and providing construction materials and technical assistance for more than a dozen household water cisterns in Central Mexico.
It is easy to make a contribution to or show support of LOTUS. Simply select one of the methods to the left. If its more convenient, you may drop a check in the mail to the address below:
LOTUS Humanitarian Aid Foundation
P.O. Box 3869
Ketchum, ID 83340
Whether you contribute $25, $250 or even more, every dollar counts in improving conditions in the communities we serve. Thank you!
Goals for Viet Nam in 2016:
Help fund and facilitate heart surgery for approximately 200 children.
Assist two or three of our provincial partners conduct fund-raising events that will augment their contributions to our Open-Heart Program.
Implement second phase of Vietnamese staff assuming greater responsibility for day-to-day management of our work in Viet Nam.
Goals for Viet Nam in 2017:
Maintain funding for case loads at or above 2016 levels.
After "matches" from 11 different Rotary Clubs from the United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan, the Grand Caymans, CEDESA (winter 2013 newsletter) and several private donors, The Rotary Foundation will double LOTUS contributions for a total project expenditure of $199,431. In other words every dollar contributed by Lotus/Mexico and others will be matched by IRF at $3.50. Included with this good news is that our material suppliers, CEMEX and Hierro Commercial, will provide a 15% to 30% discount on all materials used in the construction process.
This year's goal is to: 1) Build 314 cisterns. 2) New this year is an 8 class mandatory education program on water conservation and sanitation. 3) a complete GPS mapping, and visual inspection of all 800 cisterns built in the past 7 years.
Take a look at some of our memorable work.
Tran Thi Tung and her younger sister, Tran Thi Thu Hien are beneficiaries of LOTUS Scholarship Program since 2007. Tung was born in 1993 in a poor family in Hai Khe Commune, Hai Lang District, Quang Tri Province.
LOTUS has supported her scholarship ($2,143.13) from 2007 to 2014. Now she graduated from the Medicine Pharmacy Technology College in Da Nang and works at a private pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City with the monthly salary of $250. Currently she is preparing to get married.
In 2013-14 Lotus-Mexico provided $8,000 in funding for the construction of 10 water catchment cisterns. A "match" in funding from Mexico's San Miguel Midday Rotary Club and Rotary International doubled the number of completed cisterns for a total of twenty-one.
Nineteen cisterns were built using local labor at Ex-Hacienda Pena Blanca. The other two at Ex-Hacienda de Jesus. The San Miguel Midday Rotary Club also provided on sight management and oversight.
In 2014-15 an additional contribution of $15,000 from Lotus-Mexico and "matching donations" from Rotary Clubs in the USA and Rotary International will provide sufficient building materials for the completion of 111 cisterns in other locations with severe water contamination and scarcity. Stay tuned for further updates.
In early 2001, Ms. Le thi Quynh Trang and I were working for another foundation and had just begun implementing a program that inspired the LOTUS Open-Heart Program. Our second bene ciary was a ten- year old girl named Hoang thi Thu Huong. She was skinny and quite ill. Her fingers and toes were blue, symptoms of a heart disease called Fallot 4. She needed open- heart surgery - and soon.
Ten years later Huong, now a beautiful, out-going twenty-year old was all smiles. She no longer has problems with her heart. She was happy to inform us that she had just completed the second year of a three-year program at Nha Trang University. After graduation she plans to return to Trieu An and become a kindergarten teacher at the school we built.