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 a 16 year-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, Kampong Thom Province.   She is now in the eleventh grade.

 Khi is the fourth of five children. Her father, Chib Khleng, is 47 years old and her mother, Khev Khen, is 42 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 works clearing grass, making fences and doing other farm work for neighbors. For this type of work he earns around $2.00-$2.50 a day. Her mother also harvests rice for the neighbor’s farm.

Khi has two brothers and two sisters. There are a total of five 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.

With the help of GBA, her family members promised to send her to school instead of asking her to work to support the family. She maintains her perfect attendance.

Updated: January, 2017