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.

Toch Chhaly

Chhaly is 12 years old, student in grade 7 at The Doris Dillon School in Phnom Toch village, Sdach Kong Khang Tboung Commune, Banteay Meas District, Kampot province.

Chhaly has 3 siblings and she is the third child in the family. Her father’ name Thim Thea and mother’s name Sek Sam, both of them are farmers. The family owns one hectare of farmland where they can earn about $300 a year in rice production. As this is not enough to support the family’s needs, Chhaly’s mother has to work outside the village or if she cannot find any job she has to make frying banana to sell to people in her villages and can earn about 1,500 riels by day. All the above income is not enough to support the family and their children’s everyday needs. As a result, Chhaly commonly has to miss school to stay home and help taking care for her siblings and help in the rice field and other housework.

Chhaly wants to be a solder and she thinks that she could protect her country. Moreover, she wants to have a stable salary to support her family, because her family was so poor.

Date posted: April 1, 2019