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.

Khen Reaksa

Khen Reaksa is a twelve years old student in the 6th grade at the David and Deborah Roberts School, which is located in Taream village, Tbaeng commune,

Kampong Svay district, and Kampong Thom province. Reaksa has eight siblings, four elder brothers, two elder sisters, one younger sister, and her. She is the seventh child in her family. Her father’s name is Suon Chomroeun, forty-five years old. Her mother’s name is Leach Savy, forty-eight years old. They are farmers. They have owned a farmland about half hectare where they can grow rice to feed the family every year. They can get the yield of rice product about 800 kg to 1.5 ton a year and the have to sell some rice to get money to reimburse fertilizers and plowman fee and the reset they keep to eat in the family during a year. The income from the product they can gain is not enough to fill up the need of the family. Out of field work, her father tries to catch some fish at the pond or lake nearby village to support the daily food. All of her elder brothers were married and they lived with their wives at the other places. And her two elder sisters are working in a garment factory. They also send money to their parents about $80- $100 a month to support the family and their young sisters school need. Reaksa is going to school by an old bicycle and the way into her home so difficult at the raining season. After school, Reaksa always helps her parents cook rice, wash
the dishes, wash her parents’ and her sister’s clothes.

She wants to be a teacher at the future. She wants to help her family and to light her parents’ duty because they are getting old and weak.

Date posted: November 2018