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.

Thong Khi

Thong Khi is an 18 years-old student who entered the Girls Be Ambitious program in 2011. At the time, she enrolled in the fifth grade at the David and Deborah Roberts School in Ta Ream Village, Tbeng Commune, Kampong Svay District, and Kampong Thom Province. She is now in the twelfth grade.

Khi is the fourth child of five children in family. Her father, Chib Khleng, 51 years old and her mother, Khev Khen, 46 years old. They are both farmers but the rice harvest is not enough to feed their family. Besides working on their own farm, her father has to find extra work like cutting grass, building fences and doing other farm work for the neighbors to earn around $5-$6 a day. Her mother also harvests rice for the neighbors, cook rice for them; sell cake and do everything that she can do to earn money. She can earn about $5 a day.

There are total of three children studying at school so they need a lot of money to support their studies. Khi is always late to class. She likes studying very much and tries to study hard. Khi’s mother wants her to attend class regularly. Unfortunately, this is not possible because she needs to help the family earn extra money. Khi helps support them by doing housework and catching fish to sell in the village. However, since she attend the GBA, her family sent her to attend school and she maintains her perfect attendance.

Khi said, “I want to be a teacher in my future” when she graduated twelfth grade she is going to take the examination to become a teacher.

Updated: May, 2018