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.

Len Chenda

Chenda is13 years old, student in grade 7 at The Doris Dillon School in Phnom Toch village, Sdach Kong Khang Tboung Commune, Banteay Meas District, Kampot province.

Chenda has 8 siblings, and she is the seventh child in the family. Her father’ name Ou Nheuk and her mother’s name Ouch Sina, both of them are farmers. The family owns one hectare of farmland where they can earn about $300 a year from rice production. As this is not enough to support the family’s needs, Chenda’s father commonly has to find other work outside the village. Her father’ has to carry the rice sack for others rice vender in province town. One day they can earn about 25,000 riels. This means that even with this additional income, the parents do not have enough money to support the family and their children’s everyday school needs. As a result, Chenda commonly has to miss school and stay home and help taking care of her siblings or finding fishes at the lake around her village to make food for her siblings.

Chenda wants to be a teacher in her community. She wants to teach all kids in her location. Also, she wants to build girl up and explain them to be strong as a man. . Moreover, she wants to earn money to support her family, because her family was so poor.

Date posted: April 1, 2019