Girls Be Ambitious

A program that enables girls who are unable to go to school due conditions of poverty to attend one of our rural schools and receive an education instead of having to work in the fields, do chores at home or take care of siblings.

Hul Sreypeou

Hul Sreypeou is a 13 year-old student in the 6th grade at The David and Deborah Roberts School, which is located in Ta Ream village, Tbeng commune, Kampong Svay district, and Kampong Thom province.

Sreypeou is the fourth child in her family, and has three older brothers, and one younger sister. Her father divorced her mother many years ago and has not been in contact with the family since.  Sreypeou’s two eldest brothers are married and have moved out, but her mother is still supporting her youngest three children. Her mother is a farmer and is employed in other villages to work in rice fields or plant watermelons.  However, this job is vicarious, meaning there are some weeks when Sreypeou’s mother does not have an income.  When Sreypeou’s mother does have employment, she has to leave her children at home by themselves while she goes to other villages to work. Sreypeou’s mother can make up to $5 a day when she works, which is not enough to support herself and her three children.  As a result, the entire family sometimes goes multiple days without food, and does not have funds to support the children’s studies.  Although it is not easy for Sreypeou to continue her studies, she does not give up, and hopes to become a teacher when she is older.