Friday, June 20, 2008

One woman making a big difference to orphans

In 1993 Didi Kalika, an Australian kindergarten and yoga teacher in Ulaanbaatar, was shocked by the plight of so many kids living on the streets. She started to help the kids by providing food and shelter and soon realized that there was a need for more.

In 1995, with the help of some friends, she started the Lotus Centre: a place that provides children who come from some of the most terrible backgrounds; abandonment, sexual abuse, malnutrition and domestic violence; a chance to change their lives for the better.

Through quality education, meaningful activities and by creating small family groups (10 children to one housemother), the Lotus Centre tries to give children a chance to make a positive future. Today 148 children call the Lotus Centre their home.

Read the rest here! Click here Its a beautiful story and they deserve our support.


Teddy Ursa said...

Thanks for putting this up. I read some of the stories of the children with special needs at the centre. It was heart-wrenching and kids in our world do not realise how fortunate they are. Didi has done a great job - I also heard that her home is so much better than many of the government-run homes in Mongolia!

Yauming YMC said...

How is her orphange? Do you have any photos of the place?

Teddy Ursa said...

It is quite a nice place. Unfortunately I am not able to get the photos uploaded. I have just arrived in Moscow and the internet speed is just not worth trying. Anyway one of my contacts on Multiply has the photos too. In fact David was the one who took us to Lotus Child. If you would, please PM him? This is his website address:

And thanks for taking an interest in this.

Yauming YMC said...

Its fantastic that there are such good people around who run orphanages and other good deeds. They really are true heroes in my Book.

Teddy Ursa said...

David's new to Multiply so he has asked me to send you the links instead... Here they are: