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Feb 27, 2020

The Girls Win Regional Soccer Championship!

We are the Champions!
We are the Champions!

“I go to the pitch to play, and all things disappear. I get well and focus on [soccer].” - Jane, 18.

Dear Generous Supporters,

We are ecstatic to announce that the Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF) / Falling Waters Team has won their regional soccer championship! Thanks to your help providing resources and support, our girls played their way to victory on the pitch. 

In partnership with SGF and Falling Waters Secondary School, TYTW supports the 30 girls on this regional soccer team comprised almost completely of child marriage survivors. TYTW’s support makes possible safe shelter, school tuition and board, soccer and school uniforms, food, and daily supplies for the girls. Not only does this program cultivate leadership skills, but it encourages bonding with fellow survivors and teammates which opens new frontiers in psychosocial support, a cornerstone of emotional healing from trauma.

Remarkably, two of our star players, Jane and Miriam, are in tryouts this week for the Kenya National Women’s Team, the Harambee Starlets in preparation for the 2020 Turkish Cup next week in Antalya, Turkey! Just last year, SGF rescued Jane and Mariam, keeping them safe from child marriage. Now they are playing soccer on the global stage and representing survivors everywhere!

Join us in congratulating Jane and Mariam for this enormous honor!

Thank you for helping to build a pathway to healing and leadership for these girls, so they may achieve their fullest potential!

With gratitude,

The Too Young to Wed team

Miriam in action!
Miriam in action!

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Jan 16, 2020

Report from the Field

Dear GlobalGiving Donors:

Thank you for your generous support of the daily school breakfasts program to help girls in Yemen stay in school and out of child marriages.

Your support comes at an urgent time. During the past year, the conflict in Yemen has continued unabated, and while international attention is concentrated in some areas (Sana'a, Al Hudaydah, Saddah, Taiz), civilians continue to lose their lives at alarming rates. The fundamental rights of women are in an especially precarious place, and children continue to be the most vulnerable. The cost of the breakfasts have also recently increased from $.48 to $.56 due to local food shortages and fluctuating currency exchange rates against the dollar (a typical occurrence in countries at war, especially during Ramadan and other holidays).

Because of your generosity, the girls who are now able to attend school on a regular basis are safe, free to be children, and have access to essential nutrients. For many girls, this school breakfast is the only meal they will have all day. Furthermore, keeping girls in school is a proven method to preventing child marriages. School provides safety and security for vulnerable girls as well as peer support networks and psychosocial support, enabling them to help support their families in later years.

Because of your generous support, our local partner, Solidarios Sin Fronteras, was able to expand the breakfast program to a second school earlier in the year, boosting the enrollment to an additional 663 students who now also enjoy a daily breakfast.

An important component of the breakfast program is also the distribution of clean drinking water in the schools. Our partners have provided 96,000 liters of drinking water in the schools to 2,460 students. With Yemen facing the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history according to the United Nations, the need for access to safe and clean drinking water is vital.

Your support is changing lives. At the Abdulla Al Baradoni School, our girls laugh, play, and learn. Each girl that evades child marriage will likely prevent her own children from marrying too young. Thank you for your dedication.

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

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Jan 16, 2020

Upcoming Tehani Photo Workshop + OneSight Clinic!

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

Thank you again for your generous support of Too Young to Wed’s Tehani Photo Workshop program.

We are excited to announce that the next Tehani Photo Workshop is set to take place in Nepal during the first week of March, with an all-star local and international facilitation team recruited, a tranquil venue, and most importantly, a specially-selected group of local child marriage survivors who will lift one another up as they bravely share their stories. We will announce even more details soon on a unique, new element that TYTW will be integrating into this workshop for the first time. Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, we had the privilege of providing additional support to the Kagati Village community in Nepal through a recent vision care clinic in partnership with OneSight, where more than 1,000 were served. OneSight’s work providing quality vision care to underserved populations unleashes vast potential, including literacy support, as it brings eye exams and glasses to the millions who lack access to proper vision care. 

Through our many partnerships, Too Young to Wed has been working in Kagati Village for the past 14 years, sharing the story of a community working to leave child marriage behind, as well as supporting scholarships for its children most vulnerable to the practice. Many of the beneficiaries of the vision clinic included those whose weddings we photographed more than a decade ago, and their resulting children. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with our friends at OneSight to serve this special community in a new way.

Again, we thank you sincerely for helping to make the Tehani Photo Workshop program possible. Your generosity is helping to create a generation of empowered advocates, champions, and community leaders in the fight to end child marriage globally.

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

 

Note on second photo: All three children pictured are Too Young to Wed scholarship recipients.

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