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.

Nuon Phatsari

Nuon Phatsari is 14 years old, and in the 7th grade at the Rak Smey Rik Reay junior high school in Bos Village, Rik Reay Commune, Rovieng District, Preah Vihear Province.

There are 7 members in her family, her two parents, two older sisters, one younger sister, and one younger brother. She is the third child in her family. Her parents are farmers who own one and a half hectares of farmland, which produce 1,200kg of rice a year.  However, the family does not sell their rice as they need to keep it for their daily consumption.  However, this is only the ideal output because they need to barter for fertilizer and other expenditures during the farming process. Her father is a day laborer and is a construction worker, earning 2,000 Riel per day, but it is not regular work in the village. And her mother is the teacher at the Rik Reay primary school.

Phatsari is a good student and daughter, she works hard in class, and she is a clever student in both Khmer and English class. Therefore, Phatsari needs to help her mother with housework and her siblings.  Aditionally, she sometimes helps her neighbors harvest rice, and collect cashew nuts earning 12,000 – 15,000 Riel per day.

In the future she wants to be a teacher because she wants to share her knowledge with the kids in the village and she can help support her family and provide a better life for them. Additionally, she wants to teach the kids in her commune and show them how to lead a good life.

Updated: March, 2018