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.

Kheurn Chantha

Kheurn Chantha is 16 years old, a student in 7th Grade at the Janie’s school in Snam Preah commune, Bakan district, Pursat province.

There are seven members in her family. She has no brothers and sisters. She’s an orphan. Her parents left her alone when they had a fight in the family since she was a baby. Then her parents had another wife and husband. And they never visit her daughter again. Now, Chantha lives with her two old grandmothers, aunt, uncle and their two young sons. They all are poor and they live in poverty. They don’t have any farmland for growing rice like other people in the village. Every harvest season, the rest of the family members went to collect all harvested rice from some rice field where farmers left behind. From this work, she and her family members can get 50 Kgs of rice per years for eating. This little a mount of rice can’t feed the whole family for long, so her uncle must find another job as a worker at the construction sites and her aunt found another job as a labor service farmer in the village. They get income about 10,000 riels to 20,000 riels ($2.50 – $5) a day.

After school, Chantha doesn’t have much free time as other children in the village, she has to do all kinds of house works such as finding fishes, growing vegetables for food, taking care her few chicken and cows.

In the future, she wants to be a teacher of Khmer literature because she wants to help and teach the children to know how to read and write their own national language. She decided to do something for changing her village with education.

Updated: August 2018