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.

Lan Tong Er

Lan Tong Er is 14 years old and is a student in the 7th grade at The Kozak Ohana School #285 in Lvear Village, Chey Commune, Kampong Svay District, Kampong Thom Province.

Tong Er has 3 sisters and one brother. Her parents are service farmers. They don’t have any land for growing rice themselves, so they do different kinds of work to earn an income. Her parents regularly go to the Thai-Cambodia border to work as they can make more money there. As a result, Tong Er and her siblings live with her grandparents who are both too elderly to work. Both of them stay home to tend to housework and look after their grandchildren. In order to get extra money for their daily needs, Tong Er’s older brother found a job crushing brick, which he can make up to R10,000-R20,000 ($2,5 to, $5) in a day. Tong Er and her siblings now grow a little bit of vegetable in the garden for daily meals.

Date posted: November 2018