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.

Phoung Mala

Phoung Mala is a 14 year-old student who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2013. At the time, she enrolled in the fifth grade at The Wakako Hironaka School, Rovieng District, Preah Vihear Province. She is now in the sixth grade.

Mala is the second child in a family of five members, two sisters, one brother, and her single mother. Her father has passed away many years ago. Mala’s mother is a poor farmer, who owns a small plot of farming land where they plant paddy rice, and potatoes.  Beside, they feed duck and chickens to support the family. However, the yearly harvest from this farm is not enough to respond to their needs.

Living under the poor condition, Mala’s older sister and brother have dropped out the school to work as a day labor and help their mother and Mala sometimes sell vegetables in the village, from that she makes about $0.75 to buy snack and supplies.

With the support of the Girls Be Ambitious Program, Mala is happy to enjoy her schooling and maintain her class attendance.

Updated: May, 2015