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.

Romam Put

Roman Put is a 17 year-old girl who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2012. At the time, she enrolled in the third grade at The Sophie A. Krasowski School in Bo Kham village in Ratanakiri province. She is now in the ninth grade​​.

Put is the fifth child in a family of seven. Her parents are both poor farmers. They all work on the small farm where they plant only rice. The income from this farm is not enough to the whole family throughout the year. On most days, their meals are just rice sprinkled with salt and pepper. To further supplement their meager income, they work as day laborers, earning about $2.50 per day.

Put had to stay home in order to help her family, and she carried out chores around the house and looked after her younger siblings. Due to these difficult conditions, Put was often absent from school.

After staff from the Girls Be Ambitious Program explained her family about the benefits of education for the future of their children, they agreed to support Put to go back to school regularly. With the help of the GBA program, She maintains her perfect attendance.

Updated: December 2017