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.

To Be Selected

Khema is 13 years old, and in the 6th grade at The Shintoshin Rotary and Speros (Hawaii) School in Pal Hal Village, Rik Reay Commune, Rovieng District, Preah Vihear Province.

There are 5 members in her family, her mother with second husband, one older brother and one younger sister. Khema is the second child in the family. Her mother and her father got a divorce many years ago. Khema’s father now has a new wife and has since not talked to his family. Now, her mother is also remarried. Her mother and step-father own one hectare of farmland. It can produce 800 kg of rice per year. This amount is not enough for the entire family. Thus, they have to borrow money from their neighbors to buy rice and other food to feed the family. Besides working on their own farm, her mother also harvests rice and picks cashews for her neighbors, earning 15,000 – 20,000 Riel a day.

Khema helps her mother to do house work and looks after her youngest sister when her mother is away.

In the future she wants to be a teacher so she can help support her family and provide a better life for them. Additionally, she wants to teach the kids in her commune and show them how to lead a good life.

Updated: March, 2018