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Education for Children Who Deserve a Better Chance
"Investment in girls' education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world."
Lawrence H. Summers (while Chief Economist of the World Bank)
Thank You Soroptimist International of La Jolla

The Reach for the Sky scholarship program started in 2010 because of the generosity of the Soroptimist International of La Jolla. This scholarship program provides financial aide to girls in middle school through college. The Soroptimist International of La Jolla continues to support the program and recently added scholarships for one university and one high school girl.

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.

Sonia with RFTS Girls
Sonia Lunceford with some of the Reach for the Sky girls
We sponsored our first college student--Chanthy--in 2012. We now have 10 girls in college. While helping a girl attend college is significantly more expensive, it has a large payoff. Here's what VY Sovechea, our good friend in Cambodia, has to say. "We should help Chanthy and the other girls go to study at the University if they wish. They will be an example to the other girls in the village. When they finish their studies at the University, they can get suitable jobs for their careers. Every girl in the village will want to learn like them too. Moreover, it changes the misconception of parents who have a bias against their daughters. In Khmer society the sons always have priority over the daughters. We can start changing this perception step by step." Vy Sovechea
  Sovechea, the monk who helps with Reach for the Sky and our
other programs
Click the thumbnails, below, to meet each of our Reach for the Sky girls.

Secondary School Students
Bunthon-grade 7
Srey Oun
Srey Oun-grade 7
Sreynut-grade 8
Dany-grade 10
SokroeunSokrern-grade 10
Vanna-grade 10
Samy-grade 10
Sroem-grade 10
Sreysith-grade 11
Sary-grade 11
Vongdy-grade 12
University Students
Rany-1st year
Rosha-2nd Year
Sinat-2nd Year
Sokhom-2nd Year
Sophat-2nd Year
Sreynav-3rd Year
Souerth-3rd Year
PiseyPisey-3rd Year Thida
Thida-3rd Year
Chanthy-4th year


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