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.

Chem Sokhum

Chem Sukum is 15 years old, a student in 6th Grade at The Janie’s School #524 donated by Jenifer Begg. It’s located in Snam Preah commune, Bakan district, Pursat province.

There are eight members in her family. She has four sisters and one brother. Her parents are farmers. They went to work at Khmer – Thai border with some of her brothers and sisters. They left the village about two years ago. They didn’t contact their daughter and transfer any money for her to spend on daily living. So now, Sukum lives with her grandparents, aunt, uncle and their kids. Her parents left village, because they sold all farmland and their house.

Every day, Sukum went to bed late in the evening and wake up early at 4 o’clock in the morning. She has to help her grandmother to make snacks for selling at the market and school. Her grandfather is an old man who usually sick and lay on the bed. He didn’t make any income for the family. There is only her grandmother who can make income about 10,000 riels ($2.50) a day. Every expenses of her grandchildren depended on her income. In free time, Sukum always do all kinds of housework, growing vegetables, finding fishes in the nearby lake and taking care of her cows.

In the future, she wants to be a doctor, she wants to use this skill to help her grandparents who getting old and usually get sick. And she also wants to use this job to take care and treat all the patients in her village who were living in unclean daily routine.

Updated: August 2018