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.

Chheng Sreynich

Chheng Sreynich is a 15-year-old student who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2012. At the time, she enrolled in the fourth grade at the Gloria and Henry Jarecki Special Skills School in Norg Leak village, O’Chum commune in Ratanakiri province, northeastern Cambodia. She is now in the ninth grade.

Sreynich is the sixth child in a family of seven. Her parents are both poor farmers. They don’t own any farmland and have to rent a small plot from neighboring villagers, on which they grow soya bean. To further supplement their meager income they work as day laborers, earning about $4.50 per day.

Because of the dire poverty of her family, Sreynich often has to stay home to do chores around the house or to help their parents with their work on the farm. Due to the pressures to help her family, she has frequently missed class and her school achievements have fallen far behind those of her friends.

With the support from the GBA program, Sreynich is very enjoying school. She maintains high attendance and has many friends who are among her classmates.

Updated: January, 2017