Chantha is the eldest of 6 children living in an impoverished slum community in Phnom Penh. Her family were evicted from their land in 2014 and forced to move to Phnom Penh to look for work. Her father is a tuk tuk driver and her mother works in a factory. They earn around $200 per month
Being the eldest daughter, Chantha was expected to take on a lot of the home responsibilities, caring for her siblings and cooking and cleaning. Chantha’s elderly grandmother also lived with her and she cared for her lovingly as well.
Chantha is a very quiet and reserved young woman who never complained. She studied hard – late into the night and showed great determination to succeed. Her determination paid off and she graduated grade 12 with her high school diploma in 2017.
Chantha received one of our first university scholarships and is now studying a Bachelor Degree majoring in Mathematics. She is a whizz with numbers! Chantha is also part of our Girls Leadership Council mentoring our younger girls and organizing events and workshops.
Talent is universal... but opportunity is not. There are many more girls like Chantha who deserve an opportunity to pursue their dreams as well.