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.

Chay Srey Touch

Chay Srey Touch is 15 years old and she is a student in the 9th grade at The Kozak Ohana School #285 in Mohor Village, Chey Commune, Kampong Svay District, Kampong Thom Province.

Srey Touch has five siblings, two boys, three girls, and she is the third child in the family. Her father passed away, so she lives with her mother and other siblings. Her mother is a farmer who owns one hectare of farmland. Their rice farm is in a rain-fed area, so they can only grow rice once a year during the rainy season and the yield is very low, only 800kg of rice every year. In order to support the family’s needs, her mother works as a seasonal worker. Srey Touch has to help her mother do housework and take care of her younger siblings, as they are still in Primary School. One of her elder brothers works in Thailand as a construction worker to help support the family as well. Her brother is able to send 40 dollars to her family once a month. As Srey Touch has to help her mother look after the house and her younger siblings, she commonly misses school. However, she still studies very hard and wants to be a teacher in the future.

Date posted: February, 2018