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.

Khuon Rachana

Khuon Rachana is 13 years old, a student in 5th grade at The Shintoshin Rotary and Speros (Hawaii) School, which is located in Pal Hal village, Rik Reay commune, Rovieng district, and Preah Vihear province.

There are 3 members in her family, grandparents and her. She is the youngest child in the family. Her mother died many years ago from liver cirrhosis when Rachana was 7 years old. Her father married a new wife after her mother passed away. He has been living at his new wife’s house and he left Rachana and her siblings to live with their grandparents. Nowadays her two older brothers and one older sister married and live different house very far away.

Her grandparents have a small house on a small block of land, they don’t have any farmland to do farming like other people. Her family’s situation is extremely poor and they live from mouth to hands. Her grandparents are very old can’t work. They just stay at home and grow some vegetables to eat. Her older sister always shares some rice with them, but sometime when they don’t have rice the neighbors always share it with them too.

Because they are so desperately poor, sometimes Rachana is asked to stop from school for a few days to find a little income by working on the cashew and cassava farms, and transplanting rice and harvesting rice with 15,000 Riel per day. With the money she earns, she buys groceries such as smoked fish or something to make food to eat. Rachana is a good student; she works hard in school and continues her hard work when she gets home by helping her grandmother with housework and chores.

In the future she wants to be a teacher because she loves this job and likes teaching the kids, and she wants to earn money to support her family. She hopes that she can help the family and improve their living conditions.

 

Date Posted: 15 / February / 2019