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.

Soam Thet

Thet is 15 years old and she is in grade 9 at The Doris Dillon School in Phnom Toch village, Sdach Kong Khang Tboung Commune, Ben Teay Meas District, Kampot province.

Thet was born in a poor family with 3 siblings and she is the youngest child in the family. Despite of poverty, she has strong passion to learn and she wishes to pursue her study until graduate from a university. Her father’ name Mr. Soum Khorn and her mother’ name Mrs. Soum Thoeun. The family owns one hectare of farm land; they can earn up to $350 a year in rice production. As this is not enough to support the family’s needs, Thet’s father commonly has to make sugar palm. One day they can earn 20,000 riels. This means, that even with this additional income, the parents do not have enough money to support the family and their children’s everyday needs. As a result, Thet’ sometimes has to skip school to stay home and help taking care her siblings or help in the rice field and other housework.

Thet wants to be a teacher, because she likes teaching students in her commune, to share her knowledge to all girls and others. Moreover, she wants to earn money to support her family to live with a comfortable life.

Updated: April, 2018