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Oct 22, 2019

Exciting news: now serving 537 girls!

Thank you again for your generous support of Too Young to Wed’s Yemen Breakfasts program! Classes resumed Saturday, September 14th in Sana’a and our breakfasts program is once again underway. Each morning attending schoolgirls - most between the ages of 6 and 13 - receive a nutritious breakfast of bread, milk, fruit, and a protein such as egg, tuna, or cheese. This balanced meal provides each girl with calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B12, potassium, and magnesium among other nutrients. For some, it is their only meal of the day. Most importantly, it provides an important economic incentive for families to continue sending their daughters to school. Education is the single most effective measure to prevent child marriage, and your generosity helps keep this safeguard in place for the girls in Sana’a. 

When the project began in March 2018, more than 120 girls were inconsistent in their attendance. When one eight-year-old pupil stopped showing up to classes altogether, her teacher decided to investigate the cause. On arriving at her student’s home, she found the girl’s family preparing to marry her off out of economic desperation. Even the young girl’s mother was distraught; having been a child bride herself she did not want the same future for her daughter. However, their severe poverty forced left the family with little choice. 

Fortunately, since Too Young to Wed began providing young schoolgirls with breakfast through our partners Solidarios Sin Fronteras, this young student is back in the classroom and attendance has remained high. In fact, not a single student has dropped out since the start of the program. The students laugh, they play, they learn. They are girls--allowed to be children. 

Thanks generous supporters like you, we are exctied to report that our partners have been able to increase the number of girls served by this project to 537 from 525. They've also expanded their assistance to a second school in Sana’a, supporting girls who are vulnerable to child marriage because of the extreme poverty of the area, and boys who are vulnerable to recruitment as child soldiers due to the ongoing war.

We thank you for your generosity, and hope you will continue your generous support so that we can continue to keep hundreds of children in Yemen in school and safe from abuse.  

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

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Jul 16, 2019

Thank you for empowering child marriage survivors!

Tehani (pink), inspired the Tehani Photo Workshops
Tehani (pink), inspired the Tehani Photo Workshops

Your generosity during our Tehani Photo Workshops GlobalGiving campaign allowed us to organize photography workshops for former child brides and girls at-risk of child marriage to overcome their trauma and learn visual storytelling skills that will help them communicate their own stories, giving them a voice on the world stage. These young girls took on the role of advocating for their rights in their community, addressing their peers and elders at the close of each workshop in an impassioned plea to end the harmful practices of FGM and child marriage.

Through these workshops, we hope to create a generation of empowered advocates and community leaders in the fight to end this devastating practice. Thanks to your generosity and Canon’s continued sustainable support, we will be closing this project for individual donations. 

Yemen Emergency Assistance Breakfast Program for Vulnerable Girls 

In place of our workshop fundraising, we're asking you to help us to impact the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable girls, this time in YEMEN. According to the United Nations, the conflict in Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis today. It is estimated that more than 65% of Yemeni girls are now being married off before age 18, compared to 50% before the conflict began. 

For the last year, Too Young to Wed has partnered with the nonprofit organization Solidarios Sin Frontieras in Sana’a, Yemen to provide a complete breakfast of bread, milk, fruit, and protein to 525 schoolgirls each day, as an incentive for them to remain in school as the conflict worsens. Looming famine makes child marriage an increasingly attractive option to families desperate for one less mouth to feed. A guaranteed nutritious breakfast at school makes these girls less vulnerable to child marriage.

Can we count on you to support our program expansion to support vulnerable girls in Yemen?

Every dollar you donate will support our breakfast program in Yemen, which enables young girls to stay in school and out of marriage. Thank you for helping TYTW provide emergency assistance and education to girls in humanitarian settings where child marriages are most egregious. With your support, we are one step closer to ending child marriage globally.

 

With gratitude,

Stephanie and the TYTW Team

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Jun 13, 2019

2019 Global Advocacy

Hauwa & her translator Maryam at Women Deliver!
Hauwa & her translator Maryam at Women Deliver!

Dear generous supporters,

Happy summer! We have been so busy working on advocacy and fundraising for our programs, that we can’t believe it’s already June. Thank you so much for your continued support of Too Young to Wed’s programming! We have some exciting updates we would like to share with you.

During the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, Too Young To Wed (TYTW) convened its first parallel event in New York City on March 21, 2019. The sold out event, titled Too Young to Wed: Creating Enduring Partnerships to Help End Child Marriage, brought together Eunice and Nailusa, child marriage survivors from Kenya, the founder of Kenyan partner organization Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF) and others for a conversation on child marriage. These courageous girls implored the international community to continue supporting grassroots organizations like SGF and TYTW so they can reach their full potential and advocate for girls. With TYTW support, Nailusa is currently studying criminology at university and Eunice, a Tehani Photo Workshop graduate and leadership scholarship recipient, is studying journalism.

According to the SGF, through an ongoing advocacy campaign, our Tehani Photo Workshop graduates have helped educate more than 400,000 girls and community members over the past two years in Samburu and Laikipia counties alone.

This past April, a selection of TYTW founder Stephanie Sinclair’s child marriage images were exhibited as part of National Geographic's Women of Vision traveling photo exhibit featured for four months at the at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California -- named one of the Top 10 Free Museums in the country by Yahoo Travel.

And just last week, TYTW participated in the prestigious Women Deliver conference, the largest gathering of global voices collaborating on solutions to address women’s rights and livelihoods in the world. Too Young to Wed 2018 Global Champion Award winner and Boko Haram survivor, Hauwa, traveled to Vancouver, Canada and bravely shared her story of survival and courage in front of 10,000 attendees in order to advocate for the thousands of girls still in captivity in northern Nigeria.

Thank you for making this work possible and helping us empower girls and end child marriage.

Nailusa joins on Skype at our CSW 63 panel event!
Nailusa joins on Skype at our CSW 63 panel event!
 
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