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 an 18 years-old student this year. And she 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.

She has six siblings in her family. She has three sisters and two brothers and her. The oldest sister was married and has just had a daughter. So she stays and looks after her daughter for a family in Phnom Penh. She stops send the money to her family any more (to her mother and stop support school outfits for her sisters). The second sister was married and had two children (one daughter and one son). She went to live with her husband at her husband’s house. Her older brother is truck driver to take the rice to Vietnam. He has a girlfriend and he is going to marry next year. He tries to earn the money to marry by himself. He does not help the family. And her younger brother and sister are students.

Now her parents built a small house on their own land that they have bought a few years ago, but it is not complete yet, because they do not have enough money to complete it. They still do not have their own land for growing rice. Therefore, her father works as a construction worker that he can earn about $10 in a working day, whereas her mother stays home and feeds some hens and ducks. Out of construction work, Ratha’s father used to run a motor taxi and he could earn about $1.50 to $1.75 a day from driving a motor taxi, but now he gave up because the income cannot compensate the gasoline fee. He said that even though he and his family try to work hard every day, 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. She said “I want to be a policewoman.”

Updated: May, 2018