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.

Phell Bak

Phell Bak is a 17 year-old ethnic Phnong girl who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2010. At the time, she enrolled in the third grade at the Ascham School in Poutaing village in Mondulkiri province. She is now in the ninth grade.

Why we are sponsoring the girl: Bak has seven siblings, four brothers and three sisters. Her family is big with a total of thirteen people living at her home. Her parents are farmers owning two hectares of land on which they grow rice and some vegetables and cashew nut trees. Their yearly harvest leaves them with 150 kilo of rice, which is not enough to feed the family year-round. The income from their cashew nut trees is only about $100 per year, while they sell some of vegetables, earning about 5,000 riel ($1.20) per day.

Because of their poverty the family needs Bak to do housework and take care of her young siblings while her parents go out to work. Therefore it is difficult for her to attend school regularly and she cannot focus on her study.

She maintains high attendance and has many friends who are among her classmates.

Updated: January, 2017