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.

Van Pisey

Van Pisey is 19 years old and she is studying in the 8th grade at The Milton School, which is located in Tuol Prich village, Mean Commune, Prey Chhor District, Kompong cham province.

There are five members in her family, two sisters, one brother, and her widow mother. Mala is the third child in her family. Her father passed away many years ago. Van Pisey ‘s mother is a poor farmer, who owns a small plot of farming land where they plant paddy rice, and potatoes, producing 600 kg of rice per year. Additionally, they raise ducks and chickens to support the family. However, the yearly harvest from their farm is not enough to support the whole family’s needs.

Living under the poor conditions, Van Pisey is older sister and brother have dropped out the school, her older sister work in Pure Drinking Water Market in Rovieng district, earning 300,000 Riel per month. Her brother helps her mother with work at their farm.

Van Pisey is a good student and daughter. Sometimes she sells vegetables in the village, earning about $1 to buy snack and supplies, and on Sunday she picks and sells tamarinds, or works at a neighbor’s farm earning 15,000 – 20,000 Riel per day. On holidays, she works the Pure Drinking Water Market with her older sister. She works hard in class, and when she is not studying, she is helping her mother with housework, and teaching her youngest sister.

Pisey’s goal wanted to be a police because she thinks that become a police could solve all the problems for her relative in community. She wants to earn money to support her family.

Date posted: April, 2018