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.

Ty Ratha

Ty Ratha is a 15 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 ninth grade.

She is the fourth daughter in the family. She has three sisters and one brother. The oldest sister is working as a housekeeper for a family in Phnom Penh, where she earns $30 per month. She sends the money to the family to buy rice, clothes for her mother and school outfits for her sisters. Unfortunately, this is not enough money for the family.

Her parents built a very small home on their aunt’s land. They do not have their own land for growing rice. Therefore, they rent their neighbor’s land for farming. Their yearly harvest is about 300kg of rice, but they have to return half of that rice to the landowner. After the rice harvest season, Ratha’s father is a motor taxi driver. He can earn about $1.50 to $1.75 a day from driving a motor taxi. He said that even though he and his family try to work hard everyday, it still doesn’t cover their needs.

Ratha is able to attend her class regularly since she was selected and supported by the GBA program with good study performance.

Updated: May,2015