The Lotus Children's Centre Charitable Trust
The Lotus Children's Centre Charitable Trust is dedicated to providing care, accommodation support and education to orphaned, abused, and abandoned children in Mongolia. The Lotus Children's Centre was set up in 1993 by Australian Didi Kalika, who started simply by giving food and basic medical care to children living on the streeets of Ulaanbaatar. She soon realised that more was needed, and with the help of friends built a small home for the children in the ger district of Yarmag, on the outskirts of the capital. Harsh economic conditions in Mongolia resulted in more babies and children being abandoned, and the project grew. In 1997 Didi founded a kindergarten, and this was then followed by The Lotus Primary School. Since then Lotus has cared for and educated up to 150 children at any one time, in small family units each looked after by a housemother. As the children have grown up there has been an increasing emphasis on vocational training programmes to prepare them for adulthood. Lotus also runs a Guesthouse in Ulaanbaatar staffed almost exclusively by ex-Lotus children, which not only provides employment as the older children leave school, but also generates profits which contribute towards the running costs of the Centre. In 2009 Didi Kalika was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to the street children of Mongolia.
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Rebecca Carey, Anthony Actis, thomas bliss, Peter McAleer

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Hi, thanks for visting our page. This summer Rebecca,Tony, Peter and Tom, four strangers from two completely different continents, drove from London to Mongolia in a tiny Citroen Saxo sold to us by a dodgy Glaswegian mechanic who assured us it was in perfect mechanical condition...

There were snapped cable clutches, lost brake pads, thousands of miles over dusty, pot-hole ridden non-roads, no air-conditioning, lots of sleeping by the side of the road and more than a few frayed tempers (really? who did use the last baby-wipe? hmmm? HMMMM?).

Why would we submit ourselves to such an unusual hell? Well, mostly to raise money for The Lotus Children's Centre, which has been caring for and educating between 100 and 150 abused, abandoned or orphaned children for the last 17 years. Many of these were street children who had been abandoned at a very early age, and were struggling to survive in  brutal conditions – Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city on the planet, and in winter the temperature can fall as low as -50C. Many of the girls on the street had been abused, and some forced into prostitution at a very early age. Others are special needs children, for whom there are no facilities in Mongolia. The most remarkable thing that Lotus achieves is to help these kids rediscover their self-esteem, and to develop their skills so that they are able to move on and lead independent lives in adulthood.

Rebecca volunteered on a similar project in 2007, which led to her determination to do the rally one day. Whilst in Mongolia she saw first hand both the vulnerability and the resilience of the street kids, and the difference that well-run and administered charities like the Lotus Trust can make. There is a lot of aid in Mongolia that is politically administered and does more harm than good, being funnelled into private pockets and creating a culture of dependency, so it is very important to understand what your money is doing and where it is going.


Lotus receives no state support, so they rely entirely on fundraising and donations to keep going. By sponsoring us and donating to The Lotus Children’s Centre, you will be making a real difference to the lives of the kids. The UK registered charity has zero running costs, as all their helpers are volunteers, and the auditor gives his time for nothing – even the bank doesn’t charge for maintaining the account and sending funds to Mongolia! So you can be sure that every penny that you raise goes directly to help the children. Seriously. Every penny we spent on beer came out of our own pockets :)

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

We really appreciate your support and thank-you for any donations.


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28.08.12 Finally... take me a while. Hope you enjoyed it !! Well done !!

17.08.12 Well done guys, great job...

17.08.12 Either your blog needs updating...or you've been in Kazakshtan for the last three weeks (I know it's a big country but...)?!

18.07.12 Good luck dude!!! Have a great time!

17.07.12 Sorry it's late

15.07.12 Look forward to the pictures - best of luck

13.07.12 Happy trails mate. Enjoy.


11.07.12 Enjoy every minute of your adventure!

10.07.12 Good luck


09.07.12 Have a great adventure! What could possibly go wrong?! Don't forget to bring a towel.


09.07.12 bring lots of duct tape - from the looks of your car and the pics of Mongolia, you'll need it...

09.07.12 Hi Peter, I'm sure you'll make it a journey to remember... Best regards, Abi

09.07.12 Good Luck

08.07.12 Good luck Peter & team I'm sure it will be a great experience, and for a worthy cause.

06.07.12 Good Luck Pete - your Mum's being telling us about your trip.

06.07.12 Good luck, hope you arrive and get back safely. Best wishes Sandy and Fleure


04.07.12 Good luck and safe journey

03.07.12 Good luck Pete

03.07.12 look out for quality flyfishing opportunities!


02.07.12 Dear Peter, Wish you all the best for a very admirable and gutsy thing to do. Above all, have a good time.


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