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.

To Be Selected

Marima is a 16 year-old student who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2011. At the time, she enrolled in the fourth grade at The Wahrenbrock Family School in Chang Angkar Village, Pich Sa Commune, Koh Andeth District, Takeo Province. She is now in the ninth grade.

Marima is the fifth of five children. She has four brothers. Her mother and her father got a divorced many years ago. Marima’s father married a new wife and then never cared for her or her brothers. Marima’s mother is a farmer and has about a half a hectare of farmland. It can produce 1,500 kg of rice per year. However, this is only the ideal output because they need to barter for fertilizer and other expenditures during the farming process. Besides working on their own farm, her mother sometimes harvests rice for the neighbor’s field. With this job Marima’s mother only earns about $3.50-$4.00, which is not enough to support the family. She still needs to buy such things as: food, clothes and school supplies.

They would like assistance from the GBA project. This will give Marima an opportunity to receive a higher education. She maintains her perfect attendance.

Updated January, 2016