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.

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Profile: Khun Oeurn is a 13-year-old student in Grade 4 at the Wahrenbrock Family School in Chang Angkar Village, Pich Sa Commune, Koh Andeth District, TakeoProvince.

Rationale: There are ten members in the family. She has a big family with three sisters and five brothers. Her father’s name is Tom Chun and her mother’s name is Kim Vanna. Oeurn’s parents are both farmers. There are three children who go to school in the family. So they need a considerable amount of money to support their studies. The oldest sister is working at a factory in Phnom Penh, where she earns $70 per month. She sends money to the family to buy rice, clothes for her mother and school outfits for her sisters. Unfortunately, this is not enough money for the family.

Oeurn’s house is far away from the school, about three kilometers, Oeurn and her sibling have to go there on foot. Because of this she is often late for class. She likes studying a lot and she tries to study very hard. But because of the family’s poverty, Oeurn has to stay home and do housework. Furthermore, to make extra money to support her family she has to work in their neighbor’s field and help them with farming.

After the GBA meeting, Oeurn and her mother were very glad and grateful that Oeurn could join the GBA program and attend school every day.

Support: We will pay her mother $10 per month for her perfect attendance.

Reported by: Soeur Sodany

Date posted: February 25, 2011