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.

Kea Raksa

Kea Raksa is a 13-year-old student in the the 7th grade at The Savant School, which is located in Taney village, Choam Sangker commune, Phnom Sruoch district, and Kampong Speu province.

Raksa was born in a poverty-stricken family with five members. There are two parents, one son and two daughters including her. Raksa is the eldest child in the family. Her father’s name is Mr. Sorn Sovann, who is 33 years old, and her mother’s name is Mrs. Chuon Muon who is 34-years old. Both of her parents are farmers.  They own two hectares of farmland that is used to produce about twenty sacks of rice per year. The family is able to sell half of their rice, earning them $180.  This income is used to pay off farm debt and daily consumptions.

As their income is used to pay off debt, they do not have enough money to financially support the family, so Raksa’s parents also work at a mango farm.  As a result of the family’s life situation, Raksa commonly misses school to help her parents pick mangoes, earning 30,000 Khmer Riels or $7.50 a day.

Raksa expressed her future goal as: “I want to become a policewoman because I want to defend the people and national society.”

Date Posted: February, 2018