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.

Lem Sokhey

Lem Sokhey is 12 years old, and in 7th grade at Rak Smey Rik Reay junior high school #2 in Bos village, Rik Reay commune, Rovieng district, and Preah Vihear province.

There are 5 members in her family, her parents, an older sister and a younger brother. Lem Sokhey was born in a poor family and she is the second child in the family. Her older sister lives in Phnom Penh as a servant in a rich family’s house and she receives a salary of about $100 per month. Her parents own one and half hectares of farmland, which can produce 2,000 kg of rice per year and they sold some rice to pay for every foods. When they finish their farming, her father works as a carpenter and he earns $5 per day, her mother works at a neighbor’s farm to get extra money. The farm’s owners hire her to collect cassava, transplant rice and harvest rice. She can earn about 15,000 Riel per day but it still doesn’t cover their needs, because her mother is unhealthy and has stomach problems, so she spends a lot of money to buy medicine.

When her parents are busy with farm work, Sokhey and her younger brother stay with their grandmother. After school she helps her grandmother with housework and looks after her younger brother. During holidays she helps her parents with housework and sometimes her neighbors hire her to plant/harvest cassava, soybean, and rice. She can earn 15,000 Riel a day.

In the future she wants to be a doctor because she loves this job, wants to help people in her commune and earn money to support her family to live in a better life.

Date Posted: November 1, 2018