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.

Thol Lai

Lai is a 10-year-old student in  grade 3rd at Grace, Hope, Beloved school, which is located in Boeng Veng village, Tangkrasamng commune, Batheay district, and Kampong Cham province.

Lai is the second sister of Srey Len. So her personal background is almost the same as Srey Len’s personal background. Her parents are farmers with consisting two hectares for the rice transplantation. She said that Phkamlis rice’s seed is most popular for the villagers in her village to grow and also her parents have grown such this kind of rice’s seed and “Phkamlis rice means Jasmine rice, the most popular rice of her villagers’ growing”.

Lai said, some of years her parents have gathered the rice from 1,900kg to 2,000kg from the producing rice of two hectares. But her parents have had to sell out for 1,000kg in order to patch up for the daily consumption of the family and then they have paid for any debts during they owed for the fertilizers’ costs and other ingredients.

Commonly, the income that her parents have received from the rice selling was unable to afford the stationery supplies, clothes and uniform etc. for Lai.  Therefore, after the rice harvesting was finished then her mother has always gone to Kampong Cham city to find another work there and she was asked to help selling clothes at the market every half day and they have supported her $90 per month.

Lai said to her father that, her father has stayed at home and taken care of her siblings but sometimes he have gone to the fields to find fishes for food and selling either. Sreylai added that when her father have caught more fishes she has always helped her father to take the fishes to sell by the villagers’ house and she earned $5 at once but it wasn’t a regular income. However, the incomes which her parents have found still were not adequate to solve the family’s needs as well.

For Lai’s future goal; she wants to become an office worker of any of companies at the city. She loves such kind of lifestyle of the office worker at city. Anyway, she can support her parents and siblings better than nowadays.

Date posted: June 2018