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.

To Be Selected

Chan Ket is a 17 year-old student who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2011. At the time, she enrolled in the fourth grade at The Wahrenbrock Family School in Chang Angkar Village, Pich Sa Commune, Koh Andeth District, Takeo Province. She is now in the eighth grade. She maintains her perfect attendance.

There are 10 members in Ket’s family. She has four sisters and three brothers. Ket is the youngest of 8 children. Her father passed away when she was 10 years old. Her mother decided not to get married again because she was afraid that a new husband would not take cares of her daughters. Her two older sisters and two older brothers went to work illegally in Thailand. But they have never sent money to support their family. She lives in a small cottage that is covered with a palm tree. They don’t have their own land for farming so her mother works clearing grass, harvesting rice and doing other farm work for neighbors. For this type of work she earns around $ 1.50-$2.00 a day, which is not enough to buy rice, food and clothes for her family. Her mother is sometime hired to do cleaning whenever there is a wedding or ceremony in the Village or the Pagoda.

The reason for Ket’s frequent absence from school is that her family is poor and cannot afford to pay for her studies. Also, she has to take care of the younger siblings. Other times she must stay home to help her mother with housework.

After the GBA meeting, Ket and her mother were very grateful that Ket could join the GBA program and attend school every day.

Updated February, 2015