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.

Rotha Sophon

Sophon is an 11-year-old student who is attending in 4th grade at Torn Lorng Le School in O’Chum district and Ratanakiri province.

Sophon was born in a poor family with five members such as parents, one sister and one brother. She is the second child in the family. Her parents are poor farmers and they have been living in a small old house. Sophon affirmed that they owned half hectare of farmland given by her grandmother. On the farmland her parents do not grow rice but they grow jackfruit trees, mango trees, and banana trees in order to earn between 400 USD to 500 USD per year. Although, the amount of that money is impossible to afford the family’s needs well so that besides growing those fruit trees her parents go to pick cashew nuts by other neighbors’ farms and get $US 5 of earnings a day due to continue supporting her family’s needs, Sophon confirmed. At the weekend she goes to help her parents at the farm to clean up grasses and pick cashew nuts.

In the future, Sophon wants to be a Khmer teacher because she loves teaching Khmer literature so much. On the other hands, she wants to share this subject to any kids of a next generation and she wants to earn more money to support her family as well.

Date posted: November  2018