Pha Nammouy is a grade 4 student at Dom Nak Krobie primary school in Koh Kong province, Cambodia. She lives with her father, who has a disability, and two brothers.
The family is very poor, so Nammouy contributes to the household with the money she earns from washing clothes and dishes for other people.
This work as well as house chores and caring for her father take time away from her studies; in addition, her family doesn’t have enough money to cover school-related costs. Nammouy’s dream is to become a teacher in her village, and she strives to study despite the challenges she faces.
A GPE program implementation grant (with UNICEF as grant agent), together with funding from development partners such as the EU, USAID and UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to improve the allocation of government scholarships, to support the most vulnerable students – including Nammouy – to stay in school.