New Mexico Lotus Foundation started with three young students having an impactful idea of building the bridge that would bring people together to support the forgotten children of Vietnam. Vyvian Phan and two others started small. They come up with an idea of putting together some pocket change to purchase candy bars and sell them at their schools to raise money for their cause. They found tremendous success from this simple action, but they knew that if they wanted to grow, they had to put together an event that would create a spark in the small town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The First charity gala hosted in 2013 was produced, bringing in more than 100 citizens of Albuquerque together to launched the foundation of what New Mexico Lotus Foundation is today.
“We journey through places where the air may be polluted, but the love is not ”
— Vyvian Phan, FOUNDER
New Mexico Lotus Foundation currently collaborates with many orphanage and shelters in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Lavang Charity Home, home to more than 85 orphans ranging from new born to 18 years of age. Chua Lam Quang Shelter- currently housing over 150 senior women with crippling disabilities. BỪNG SÁNG ORPHANAGE, now home to 20 kiddos born with the disability of blindness. These are just a few places New Mexico Lotus Foundation has joined forces with and we are striving to build even better relationships with.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.