Glenn Fawcett • Executive Director
An Australian native, Glenn came to live in India in 1995 where he worked for almost two years as a volunteer before becoming the Director of the White Lotus Sponsorship Program in 1997. For the next seven years, he created and implemented educational and social programs for Tibetan refugees and underserved Indian communities. Lotus Outreach was established almost entirely on the platform of programs and partnerships he developed during that time.
Twelve years later, Glenn spends his time equally between India and Cambodia and continues to live his commitment to social development and justice.
Raksmey Var • Country Representative, Cambodia
Raksmey first began her community work in 2001 when she organized a group of secondary school children to participate in Environment Day. She went on to volunteer as a teacher and mentor for a youth group that provided social services to poor children, where she taught kids about children’s rights and dental hygiene and encouraged them to become involved in recreational games.
At the same time she was working as a part-time English teacher at a private school which allowed her to interact with young people every day. Though Raksmey loved working with children, she wanted to do more to help them. Raksmey received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting in 2004 from National University of Management in Cambodia.
In 2007, she completed her Master’s in Gender and Development Studies as the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, where she completed her thesis on "Gender Differentiated Issues in Balancing Work and Education for Working Children in the Context of the Tourist Boom: A Case Study of Angkor Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia.” Raksmey’s areas of interest include children's education, child and youth mobility and employment, livelihood development, child labor, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Suraj Kumar • Project Manager, India
Suraj is a Delhi native who began working with Lotus Outreach in 2005 as a member of the Social Jurists of Delhi as a part of the Right to Education Task Force (RETF). Following the success of RETF, Suraj was invited to join Lotus Outreach as Project Manager for our new Lotus Education as a Right Network (LEARN) program, which is applying the lessons learned from the highly successful RETF to the rural state of Haryana.
As RETF program manager, Suraj was responsible for surveying the conditions of Delhi schools, mobilizing local volunteers, managing a help line and coordinating with a myriad of government and municipal departments.
Suraj's previous work involved collaborating with local and international NGOs to build Children's Rights Networks as well as providing computer training to children in slums and urban villages.
Pooja Ruhil • ASHA Coordinator
Pooja has worked in the health sector for the last nine years and has a Masters Degree in Social work. She initially worked as ASHA in rural Delhi for two years and then joined Bal Vikas Dhara in 2011, an NGO, worked as a Health Coordinator in the slums of Delhi for 2 years on a project supported by Plan International. In July 2016, Pooja joined White Lotus Trust as the Coordinator for our EQ+ Program and then joined the ASHA Program in 2017.
Pooja’s finds great satisfaction in sharing and educating at-risk women about community health and hygiene. Recently Pooja was selected as one of 30 changemakers by the organization Change.org. During the scholarship given by Change.org for one year, she attended a five day lab training in Bangalore in August 2018 on "how to write public interest petitions before the government". Pooja presented the work she is doing with Anganwadis in Rajasthan before the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently in New Delhi and the work that she is involved in at LO International.
Pooja is grateful to be able to work with a team of sensitive, devoted and committed activists.
Alexandra Land • Communications Manager
Alexandra Land has been with Lotus Outreach for 3 1/2 years. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in sociology from UCSC and is elated to be doing work that correlates so strongly with her major. With interests in health, food security, and gender issues, she is motivated to improve lives for all humans from the local level to the global level.
As the Communications Manager at Lotus Outreach, she could not be happier working with our field directors in India and Cambodia, staying connected to our diverse network on social media, and putting together project reports.
Pisey Chea• Project Officer
Pisey is from Banteay Meanchey Province, bordering Thailand. She was selected into Girls’ Access To Education (GATE) program of Lotus Outreach in 2009 when she was in 9th grade. Lotus Outreach continued to support her through university until she successfully graduated with a bachelor degree in July 2016. Pisey started volunteering in 2013 at “Straightening Youth’s Pathway after High School’ with the Help Our Homeland Organization. She continued to volunteer with Street Children Assistant and Development Program (SCADP) and taught English and Math to children. Pisey also volunteered doing data collection on “Migration in the Fish Industry in Thailand” with Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) and volunteered with a group of youth from Hong Kong through Pathfinder-Cambodia Service Volunteer to build school and teach children about hygiene practice and children’s rights. In 2016, Pisey started working as part-time staff with CWCC as a community organizing (CO) staff. This project allowed her to work with youth, villagers, and local authorities. All these experiences contributed to her interest in teaching and mentoring children and women. Pisey joined Lotus Outreach in March 2017.