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.

Sam Lakhena

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

There are 4 members in Lakhena’s family. She is the first daughter and has one younger sister. Her father is 39 years old and her mother is 29 years old. They are farmers and they have merely 72 m2, which can produce 500 kg of rice per year. This amount is not enough for the entire family. Thus, they have to borrow money from their neighbors to buy rice and other food to feed the family. Besides working on their own farm, her parents also harvest rice for their neighbor. They can earn about 25,000 to 30,000 riel or $6.25 to $7.50 per day. Unfortunately, this work is not regular for them.

Lakhena and her father often go to find fish or crab at the pond or lake, which they use to cook for their daily meal. She also helps to look after her youngest sister and helps with the housework. Therefore, she is often absent from class.

Since she was selected in GBA program, she has come to class regularly and she is enjoying learning.

Updated January, 2016