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.

Chrek Makara

Chrek Makara is a twelve years old girl. She studies in 5th grade at the David and Deborah Roberts School, which is located in Taream village, Tbaeng commune, Kampong Svay district, and Kampong Thom province.

Chrek Makara has eight siblings, three elder brothers, three elder sisters, one younger sister, and her. She is the seventh child in her family. Her father has died for a long time ago. Her mother’s name is Kuch En, fifty-five years old, a farmer. But her mother has lived and do work as a farm worker at another province alone after her father died. Her mother comes to visit her siblings and her once or twice a year, but she come when her elder sister calls out. So Makara lives with her widow elder sister now. They have owned farmland about one hectare, but they haven’t grown rice by themselves. They shared their farmland to other villagers to grow rice by getting about one ton of rice product a year. But it isn’t enough for their needs, so her elder sister usually grows potatoes and sells throughout the villages that it took about five or six months for receiving product from growing the potatoes. She sells and gets the money about 70,000 – 80,000 riels in month, if the potatoes product gave a good yield. If not they can sell around 40,000 – 50,000 riels a month day. All the above income that they can get is not enough for the family living. She has to find other job such as packing the rice or planting rice for the villagers to get some more daily income to fulfill the family need. If Makara is supported by GBA program, it’s good for her big family, because it can help reduce the monthly expenses and help on her studying materials too. Makara is going to school by walk nowadays. Makara usually helps to cook rice and manage the in house job like washing the dishes, and do all the housework for their siblings because they all go out to work.

In the future, Makara wants to be a teacher to teach children in her village, she hopes she will get the salary to help her family.

Date posted: November 2018