Reach for the Sky is a scholarship program that helps girls stay in school. Less than half of the girls in rural Cambodia continue their schooling beyond 6th grade. The costs of books, school uniforms and transportation are
beyond the budgets of many families. In addition, parents often need girls to help
out at home with subsistence farming, child care and other
activities to help make ends meet. With just a little financial help,
girls can complete high school and even continue on to college.
Girls are chosen based on their ability to succeed as well as financial
need. We monitor the girls to make sure they attend school regularly
and maintain good grades. Most of the girls in the program are in
the top 10% of their class and have almost perfect attendance. Our
hope is that these girls will graduate from college and come back to the village
with special skills to bring about social and economic change. Already
they are serving as role models for other children.