Principles of Operations

Principles of Operation



  • Funding projects which enable communities and families to work towards improving the quality of their lives through self help initiatives, often through micro projects and income generating activities.


  • Giving disadvantaged children education and/or vocational training enabling them more opportunities of securing employment.


  • Sponsoring communities, through mainly community development/livelihood projects, and staying with them for a period of time (generally 3-6 years).  After this time it is hoped the communities will be well on their way to becoming self sufficient.


  • Staying close to the communities/projects through good working relationships with local NGO partners.  Being close to local NGO partners and the communities enables Lotus to quickly give ad hoc assistance when urgently needed.  This is especially true in the case of drought or flooding.


  • Through its Country Coordinator Lotus monitors and oversees third party funded projects.  Donors have the assurance that their funding goes towards projects operated, monitored and controlled by NGOs with proven track records.  The NGOs report direct to third party donors on a regular basis.


  • Lotus ensures that third party funds are not used for general NGO administration costs.  A proportion of third party funds go towards project costs, but these are minimal and are clearly shown to donors up front in proposals.


  • Lotus decided to focus on Cambodia, as the legacy of its past and the disruption it caused to rural communities had devastating effects to the livelihood of the communities.  The rebuilding of trust amongst the communities and the restoring of skills lost are essential elements to a better future.