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.

Chan Sreymey

Chan Sreymey is 13 years old, a student in 7th Grade at the Janie’s School in Snam Preah commune, Bakan district, Pursat province.

There are five members in her family. She has one brother and three sisters. And she is the fifth daughter in the family. Her father’s name is Vuthy and her mother’s name is Korn. Both of them got divorced. Then her father got a second wife. And leave Sreymey’s mother alone. Now her widow mother doesn’t have any jobs at other places. She’s only growing some kinds of vegetable on the land around her house for selling at the market to get income about 10,000-12,000 riels a day for food to feed the family. She doesn’t have any farmland for growing rice. The less amount of money from selling vegetable can’t enough. So, all one brother and three sisters decided to quit the studying at public school. They all even finished 9 Grade yet. Only Sreymey is the only child who still had a chance to go to school.

From Morning to evening she doesn’t have much free time, because she helps her mother in growing vegetables, do all kinds of housework and she also take care and look after her old grandma at home too. All of her brothers and sisters left home and went to away to work. She doesn’t get any money from them to support her studying. And most of the family’s incomes from her mother focused on buying rice and food for their daily meals.

In the future, she wants to be doctor even she thinks it is not possible for her who is a very poor girl. She knew that to be a doctor cost her a lot of money to study, but she will try her best and study hard until her dream come true one day because she wants to help people in her village, she wants to educate the villagers to know the important of primary healthcare and live in healthy life.

Updated: August 2018