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.

To Be Selected

Tem Rei is a 15 year-old student who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2011. At the time, she enrolled in the fourth grade at The Wahrenbrock Family School in Chang Angkar Village, Pich Sa Commune, Koh Andeth District, Takeo Province. She is now in the 9th grade.

There are six members in the family. She has one older sister and two brothers. Her parents are both farmers. Her mother is Mao and her husband’s name is Nnei. They have 72 m2, on which to produce 560 kg of rice a year. However, this land can hardly support the family for all their daily needs. After the rice harvest season, Rei’s father is a motor taxi driver. He can earn about 3,000 to 10,000 riel ($ 0.75 to $2.25) a day from driving a motor taxi.

Because of the difficult situation in her family, Rei must help with the housework and harvest the rice for their neighbor. With these jobs she can earn about $2.00 to $ 2.50 a day. This is why she is often absent from school. Recently she almost dropped out of school completely.

Since she was selected in GBA program, Tem Rei has a chance to attend school regularly. She is happy to go back to school.  She maintains perfect school attendance and has many friends who are among her classmates.

Updated January, 2016