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.

Khorn Vichheka

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

Vichheka has five members in her family, consisting of her mother, her grandmother and two sisters. Vichheka is the eldest child in the family.  Vichheka’s mother, Mrs. Ly Sothim, and father, Mr. Khorn Channim got a divorce three years ago, and her father no longer lives with the family.  Vichheka, her mother and siblings moved to live with her grandmother, who owns one hectare of farmland for growing rice. Vichheka said that, formerly, her grandma and her mother could produce one tone of rice per year, which was not enough to support the family’s needs. Therefore, her mother decided to go to Phnom Penh to work in a garment factory, making $150 a month.  Her mother’s salary is still  not enough to support the needs of the family, such as food, clothes, school supplies, rent, electricity and water.  As a result, Vichheka regularly misses school to work as a mango picker for her neighbors, earning a small amount of money.

Vichheka expressed her future goal as: “I want to become a teacher of Khmer literature because this subject is easy to understand for teaching to the kids in the next generation.”

Date Posted: February, 2018