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.

Pum Kahna

Phum Kahna is a 13 years old student in Grade 7 at the Janie’s School in Snam Preah commune, Bakan district, Pursat province.

Her parents got a divorce many years ago. After her parents divorced, her father never cared for or giving money to Kahna for her studying. And her father got another second wife and lives away from her. Now she lives with her widow mother, one brother and one sister. Her mother’s name is Yorng. She is a farmer. This family can produce rice about 500 kg from their farmland per year, they don’t have any cows. So, in rainy season they have to rent the neighbor’s equipments in the village for working in the rice field. Only the rice from farmland can’t help her family to survive, so two of her brother and sister stopped studying out to find a job. Her brother gets a job as worker at a construction site and her sister worked as a housekeeper for a family in Phnom Penh.

After school’s work, Kahna always do all housework when her mother went away. In rainy season, Kahna and her friends in the village often go to catch fish at the pond nearby the house which provided them food for her and the family the daily meal.

Date Posted: January, 2017