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.

Rogn Sreyann

Rogn Sreyann is a 11 year-old ethnic Phnong girl who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2011. At the time, she enrolled in the third grade at the The Nicholas and Zachary Poor School in Trapaing Chress Village in Ratanakiri Province. She is now in the fifth grade.

Sreyann has only two brothers. Her parents are farmers. The family owns only half a hectare of land for rice, which is not enough to support their needs. Their rice harvest provides them with food to eat for only two months. The members in the family must therefore find other sources of income.

They sometimes work for other families to earn more money. For example, they clean the grass on the farm and collect the cashew nuts etc. One person gets $2.50 for a day. The family must buy rice and food day by day. The family is afraid for borrowing money from others because they understand that they are not able to pay off debts.

Sreyann does not have time to regularly attend her class. She must take care of her youngest brother so that her mother can work on the rice farm and elsewhere. Sreyann has to do housework everyday. Sometimes she also works for pay with her parents.

After learning about the GBA program, the parents agreed to support their daughter to go back to school. Sreyann promises that she will make every effort to attend school regularly. She maintains her perfect attendance.

Updated February, 2015