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.

Muong Soka

Soka is 14 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.

There are ninth members in the family, her parents and siblings. Her father’ name Hay Loch and her mother’ name Phen Nan, they both are famers. The family owns haft hectare of farmland where they can produces about 500 Kg of rice equal to $300 per year. However, they had to sell out the rice to pay back all the debt that they had spent during the farming process. For additional income, her father has to go on trips to work as a construction worker in other village or province. One day he can earn about $6. All the income is not even enough money to support the family and their children’s everyday needs during a year. Soka had to help her family with all the work at her house. She is a good student and always works hard in class, and when she is home, she continues her hard work with helping her parents around the house and in rice field.

Soka wants to be a teacher and wants to teach all students in her rural area. She likes to share her knowledge to all kids. Most importantly, she wants to support her family and give them an opportunity to live with a better life.

Date posted: April 1, 2019