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.

Pheak kdey Sovandy

Pheak kdey Sovandy is 11 years old, and in 6th grade at The Shintoshin Rotary and Speros (Hawaii) School #2, which is located in Pal Hal village, Rik Reay commune, Rovieng district, and Preah Vihear province.

There are 6 members in her family, her grandfather, parents and two younger sisters. She is the first child in her family. Her parents are farmers who own one and half hectares of farmland for growing rice producing 2,000 kg of rice per year and they sold it for buy daily foods and other things for using in the family. Her parents said that while they are working at the farm, they stay at there and the children go to live with their old grandfather. Nowadays her parents still owe bank $650 for buying the rice seeds. They borrowed the money to increase their farming capacity. When they finish their farming, they are construction workers and can get $200 per month in order to buy daily food and to pay their debt. Sovandy’s parents also feed some chickens for solving their family’s needs.

Sovandy is a good student and daughter, she works hard in school and continues her hard work when she gets home by helping her mother with housework, taking care of her young sisters and looking after the chickens. Over the holidays Sovandy goes to work at her family’s farm and sometimes her neighbors hire her to transplant rice for 15,000 Riel per day.

Pheak kdey Sovandy wants to be a police officer because she loves this job and wants to protect the village and receive a salary to support her family. Moreover, when she has money, she would like to start her own small business at her home.

Date Posted: November 1, 2018