The lotus is just like the girls we work with at CEF in Vietnam.
It is an exquisite flower with medicinal seeds, yet it's health-giving deep roots are growing deep down in the mud.
The girls come from poor families, some come from generations of families who know nothing except grinding poverty. Their homes and shacks are basic, their circumstances often unbearable.
Each girl has potential, the possibility of flowering and doing well in school, graduating and being a shining example in their community. They can blossom and be an expression of the difference education can make, become a truly good and useful person in their community and country, bursting free from the cycle of poverty their family may have known for generations.
Therefore to me the lotus perfectly represents the girls we work with at CEF.