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.

Chhourn Seakheng

Chhourn Seakheng is 15 years old, a student in 8th Grade at the Janie’s School in Snam Preah commune, Bakan district, Pursat province.

There are eight members in her family. She has three brothers and one sister. Three of her brothers went to school. She is the first child in the family. Her father’s name is Chhen and her mother’s name is Runth. They both are farmers. They had a small farmland that can produce rice about 500 kg a year. This is not enough to feed the eight people in the family. So to get more extra income, her father goes to work as worker at construction site and get about $5 (20,000 riels) per day. And her mother also in debts for growing rice in some bad years. Her mother only a farmer, she doesn’t have other job to get extra income. She does her work as a farmer only in rainy season. In dry season, she only stay at home and find food in anyways.

Heng is the oldest sister in the family. So she has to look after all brothers and a sister. She helped her mother to do all kind of housework, take care of her cows. And she also raises some chicken for eggs and food to feed the family when they don’t have money to buy food at the market.

In the future, she wants to be a teacher of Khmer literature because she doesn’t want to see the children in her village to be stupid, she wants to see them can read and write Khmer language and get away from bad behaviors such smoking cigarette and drinking beer or wine

Updated: August 2018