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.

Plogn Map

Plogn Map is a 18 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 eleventh grade.

Why we are sponsoring the girl: Map has six siblings. As the family is poor it has been difficult for her older sister and two brothers to attend school. These brothers and sister of Map are illiterate, as they never had a chance to attend school when they were young. Now they work on the farm with their parents. Her mother is 40 years old and became a widow after Map’s father died in 2003.

There are nine persons in the family and their main source of income is farming. The family owns one hectare of land on which they grow rice and some vegetables, but their yearly rice harvest is not enough to feed the family throughout the year. They must find other sources of income to buy extra rice, food, clothes and sometimes medicines, when one of the family members is sick. They sell vegetables, earning about 20,000 riel ($5) per day. All family members, including Map, have to farm and collect forest products to sell.

As a result of her family’s difficult situation, Map often only eats two meals per day, while she also lacks school materials for her classes. At the same time, her family needs Map to work to gain extra income, consequently she is often absent from her classes.

With the support from the GBA program, Map is very enjoying school. She maintains high attendance and has many friends who are among her classmates.

Updated: January, 2017