Throughout 2019, two young British cyclists, Rob Nichols and Harry Horner, traveled more than 22,000 KM East to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ in order to raise £22k to install solar power for the Lotus Children’s Centre in Mongolia.

 (100% goes to the charity)

  • 22,000km cycled of 22,000km
  • £22,030 raised of £22k goal


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Having witnessed the determination of the support workers and surrogate parents on a previous visit, we want to endorse that commitment with a small gesture of our own. Through your sponsorship, we plan to fund a Solar PV and Solar Thermal system to replace a dirty coal burner for this established and life saving charity.

Implement sustainable solar energy in one of the most polluted part of the world.

Release vital funds for children’s health, welfare and education giving them a brighter future


Harry will be riding the full width of the Eurasian land mass: starting on Dingle Head in the far West Coast of Ireland on the 15th of Feb, meeting Rob in Istanbul, stopping by the Lotus Children’s Centre in Mongolia, and then finishing in Japan’s North-Eastern Island of Hokkaido at the end of the year. 

All in all the total cycled distance is around 22,000 km. A pound sterling for every kilometre, and we estimate that Lotus can be near-self sustaining for heat and electricity. We have an agreed corporate donor that will double our fundraising for the first £5K, so every pound you give at the start means two in Mongolia! 

We will be staying nights in a tent, on the sofas of kind strangers, and maybe even on the beds of friends – and friends-of-friends twice removed. If you know welcoming people on or remotely near our route, who could be interested in hosting or helping us in any way (or if you just have excellent recommendations): please get in touch to turn a roll-mat into a mattress!


Founded in 1995 by Didi Ananda Kalika, the Lotus Children’s Centre has been up and running for over 20 years. Didi (which means Sister), who trained with Ananda Marga as a yoga and meditation teacher, came to Mongolia in the early 90’s to teach and was immediately moved by the plight of the children on the streets of Ulaanbaatar. Starting from a single apartment Lotus has grown to having housed, fed, cared for and educated hundreds of children. The age of the children in their care today ranges from a few months old up to 18 years.

From providing basic care for abused, abandoned or orphaned children, Lotus now focuses on providing a good education, independence and life skills training to secondary school children as well as continuing to provide primary care. In Mongolia family links are very important in growing-up and becoming an adult. These links are used to find work and accommodation, to fund university and for every kind of support. Orphans in Mongolia receive very little support from the government after turning 18. Lotus focuses on ensuring that the children who have lived in care since they were babies have the best chance at life, so they endeavour to support them into young adulthood, much like a normal family.

Learn about the earliest days of Lotus when 22 years ago Didi (Gabrielle Dowling) began helping young street girls by giving them advice and protection.