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Jul 31, 2020

Nepal Update & Virtual Workshop in the Works!

With schools closed, Paratichya studies at home.
With schools closed, Paratichya studies at home.

Dear GlobalGiving Friends:

Please know we are keeping the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones in our thoughts during these challenging times.

As you will recall, due to the pandemic, TYTW was forced to postpone the Nepal Tehani Photo Workshop scheduled for March. In the interim, the support of our generous donors allowed TYTW to provide emergency COVID-19 education and sanitizing resources to vulnerable girls and their communities in Nepal and in three other countries where we currently run programs. We are happy to report that thus far, no coronavirus cases have been reported in Kagati Village, Nepal, a community we have worked closely with for the past decade. We are deeply grateful to our team members on the ground and to our committed donors for acting and giving so rapidly to help contain the spread of the virus.

In another recent development from Nepal, we are thrilled to receive reports that Laxmi, a TYTW scholarship awardee, and her family were able to begin construction on a permanent home thanks to TYTW’s generous community of donors who made the repair grant possible, providing bricks, cement, and rods to complete the home’s rebuilding. Thank you all! 

While planning for the workshop last fall, we discovered that Laxmi was still living in a dangerously precarious temporary structure, after her home was destroyed in the earthquake in 2015. Laxmi, a third grader, lives with her two sisters, one brother, and father who is deaf and mute. Numerous extenuating circumstances—a recent death, disability, and the lasting negative effects of the earthquake—placed enormous economic strain upon the family. The construction was unfortunately delayed due the pandemic lockdowns and seasonal rains, but things are now back on track and the family anticipates completion soon! 

Finally, plans are underway for TYTW’s first Virtual Tehani Photo Workshop to take place in early fall 2020. Please stay tuned for more details on how your support will continue to empower survivors as we adapt modalities to respond to shifting global circumstances.

Don't forget follow TYTW’s social media feeds for ongoing updates about the situations on the ground in each of the countries in which we work.

In solidarity,

Stephanie & the TYTW Team

Laxmi's new home currently under construction.
Laxmi's new home currently under construction.
Jul 31, 2020

Responding to Urgent Food & Water Needs

Yemeni family with their emergency food supplies.
Yemeni family with their emergency food supplies.

Dear GlobalGiving Friends:

Please know we are keeping the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones in our thoughts during these challenging times.

In Yemen, where TYTW has reported on girls as young as 6 being forced into marriage, your generous support has made a substantial impact at a desperate time. A massive fuel shortage in Yemen’s northern governorates erupted in mid-June, with kilometers-long gasoline queues threatening critical food and medical supply chains.

The most vulnerable of Yemen’s communities—displaced persons, particularly women and children—suffer most during such shortages, as food prices spike, and access to clean water becomes strained. When vulnerable households are squeezed amid such intense resource pressure, underage girls are often married off to much older men as a way to provide for their necessities and relieve an economic burden. These patterns are exacerbated when girls are out of school for prolonged periods of time, as during pandemic lockdowns and school closures.

Your critical support has made it possible for TYTW and our ground partner, Solidarios Sin Fronteras (Solidarity Without Borders), to respond to the neediest Yemeni families with immediacy. Roughly 1,600 vulnerable people are receiving a series of sanitary deliveries containing food and hygiene supplies, and more than 3,500 displaced people are provided with clean water for drinking and safe washing. TYTW has also invested in improved personal protective equipment (PPE) resources for the ground team in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable communities. 

Thank you for your generosity in this time of great urgency. You have quite literally helped prevent child marriage. And that’s no small thing. 

Please continue to follow TYTW’s social media feeds for ongoing updates about the situations on the ground in each of the countries in which we work.

With gratitude,

Stephanie & the TYTW Team 

Women & children gather as water tanks are filled.
Women & children gather as water tanks are filled.
Critical water tanks refilled in northern Yemen.
Critical water tanks refilled in northern Yemen.

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Jul 30, 2020

Emergency COVID-19 Response in Kenya

One of the 104 makeshift hand washing stations.
One of the 104 makeshift hand washing stations.

Dear GlobalGiving Friends:

Please know we are keeping the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones in our thoughts during these challenging times.

As we previously shared, the global COVID-19 pandemic declared in March necessitated nearly a wholesale redesign of TYTW programming in order to properly meet the unique and urgent needs of our beneficiaries. While the football/soccer program is temporarily paused due to continuing national quarantine in Kenya, the support of generous donors like you helped provide vital health and protection resources to vulnerable girls and their communities.

TYTW, in collaboration with our ground partner Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF), conducted the first round of 104 home visits in three counties for the most vulnerable of the 330 quarantined girls at their respective homes, narrowly preventing several girls from being cut or married off. For at least 5 of the girls (as young as 10 years of age), TYTW’s field team successfully intercepted family plans for FGM or child marriage during the first round of visits. For those not able to return to their communities due to threat of violence, 25 girls were placed in alternative-stay arrangements and TYTW will continue to closely monitor them in order to ensure their ongoing safety. 

TYTW enacted immediate health measures as well, distributing 1,040 sanitary towels, 208 educational flyers, 55 gallons of handwashing soap, and setting up 104 handwashing stations. TYTW also proudly funded an emergency motorbike purchase for SGF, helping to save the organization countless funds on vehicle rentals, while significantly increasing their transportation capacity to respond to urgent safety situations and needs that arise. We had reports of about 18 girls requiring emergency food provisions, which we also provided. 

As an example of their intense commitment to the girls’ wellbeing, TYTW’s Kenyan field staff worked through many barriers and safety threats to reach them including 7 flooded roads, 4 elephant territories with high probability of attack, and areas of high crime activity. We salute our intrepid allies who navigated all that on top of the looming threat of COVID-19 in order to help ensure girls’ safety. Wow! 

We here at TYTW wake up each day so grateful to be part of an international community dedicated to protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable girls during this intense time of need. It is a true honor. 

Don't forget to follow us on our social media channels to learn more about about the situation on the ground as it evolves. And once again thank you for your dedication and support. 

In solidarity,

Stephanie & the TYTW Team

Home visits to beneficiaries in Samburu county
Home visits to beneficiaries in Samburu county
Girls at home during safety checks.
Girls at home during safety checks.
Motorbike purchased for home visits.
Motorbike purchased for home visits.

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