Oct 20, 2021

From Period Poverty to Period Power

Boxes full of BeGirl period underwear for PS Girls
Boxes full of BeGirl period underwear for PS Girls

Hello Friends!

As always, we are sending gratitude to you, our supporters!

We are very excited for a new year of our signature Empowerment Program, Project Soar in a Box, to be underway at our sites across Morocco. One of the aims of this program is to ensure that every Project Soar Girl is knowledgeable about her menstrual cycle and able to manage her menstruation effectively. In line with this goal, the Project Soar in a Box Empowerment Curriculum contains a module focused on the body, including a workshop focused exclusively on menstrual health. Additionally, each squad of girls receives a supply of sustainable, reusable BeGirl period underwear. The workshops, paired with these supplies, provide Project Soar Girls with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to become confident in their control over their menstruation

Thanks to the generous contributions of donors like you who support our GlobalGiving Period Poverty Campaign, our team has sent over 1,100 pairs of BeGirl period underwear to sites across Morocco in time for the start of the 2021/2022 Program year. 

Project Soar strives to make sure that no Girl’s wellbeing, physical or mental, or access to education is compromised by a lack of knowledge on menstruation or lack of supplies to manage her period with confidence. We believe that period poverty should never stand in the way of a girl carrying out her daily life and we love that BeGirl period underwear is eco-friendly and shame-free. 

At Project Soar, these ideals have been translated into concrete change. This can be seen in the data collected both before and after the program through our baseline and endline surveys. Based on these surveys, upon completion of the program:

  • over 95% of Girls feel that they have the supplies they need to handle their periods in a clean and healthy manner, an increase of 26% and;
  • over 96% of Girls feel that they know how to handle their period when it comes, an increase of 30%. 

This demonstrates how the Project Soar solution truly has an impact on countering period poverty and increasing girls’ confidence.  

We want to thank you for enabling a new cohort of Project Soar Girls to gain access to the supplies they need to overcome period poverty and its various negative side effects. Period poverty can affect girls’ access to education, mental wellbeing, and risks of child marriage and early pregnancy. By supporting this campaign you are helping girls overcome these challenges. Never doubt you are making a difference!

Warmest wishes,

The Project Soar Team

Coordinators celebrate BeGirl underwear shipment
Coordinators celebrate BeGirl underwear shipment
Oct 18, 2021

New Year, New Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Norwegian Ambassador visits with PS Girls
Norwegian Ambassador visits with PS Girls

Hello friends!  

Project Soar is sending gratitude to You, our supporters for your continued and much valued support.  

Donations to this Empower Teen Girls in Morocco GlobalGiving Project enable us to keep the Project Soar Empowerment Headquarters running smoothly. These Headquarters, located in Douar Laadam, Morocco, play an essential role in the work of Project Soar. The Headquarters are not only home to our main office but also host three Project Soar in a Box Girl Squads, serve as a Safe Space for local girls, and provide an environment that fosters intercultural interactions and the exchange of ideas

Another exciting milestone took place at the Headquarters on October 10th, 2021, when the first of two Douar Laadam Orientation Days was hosted with great success to help launch the 2021/2022 programs. Over 50 girls were safely welcomed to the Headquarters, where the secure and welcoming environment enabled them to open up to one another and build new, trust-based relationships with each other as well as their Empowerment Facilitators. Project Soar cherishes these relationships with each and every Project Soar Girl and welcomes them gladly as honored guests. On this special day we also hosted another group of honored guests: the Norwegian Ambassador to Morocco, Sjur Larsen, as well as his two teenage children. 

Ambassador Larsen came to Project Soar to learn more about Project Soar in a Box and hear first hand about the impact our work has on girls’ lives in Morocco. During his visit he participated in a discussion with 10 Girl Leader Club members. “Hosting feminist diplomatic representatives such as Ambassador Larsen is an ideal exchange as it helps to broaden perspectives for both the PS Girls as well as the foreign visitors we are hosting,” says Tess Dunn, Program Manager of Project Soar Morocco activities. Ambassador Larsen and his children sat with Girls and asked questions about how they have been impacted by Project Soar before taking questions from the Girls concerning gender equity in Norway. Aziza Eddari, a PS Girl Leader Club member who was recently elected as the Vice President of her local government, proudly noted that "the Ambassador was impressed and amazed with how strong I must be to be the first female that builds a handball team in my village and also that I am the first young woman who has won an election like I did. I felt very proud of myself when he was complementing me - this gave me more strength and confidence to shine!"

The Girl Leader Club members were also curious to learn about the differences between gender equity policies in Norway and Morocco. They were interested to hear Ambassador Larsen speak of paid parental leave for all parents, regardless of gender, and laws that require at least 40% of leadership positions be held by individuals who identify as women. The Girls and Ambassador Larsen agreed that being inclusive with decision making and providing opportunities to traditionally marginalized groups benefits the world as a whole, as diversity leads to more interesting ideas and better innovation. 

We were very happy to welcome Ambassador Larsen to Project Soar! Thanks to the support of generous donors like you we are able to host such guests at our Headquarters and encourage enlightening cross-cultural discussions. 

Stay tuned for more Project Soar news, and never doubt that you are making a difference!

Warmest wishes, 

The Project Soar Team                          

Ambassador Larsen & Girls discuss gender equity
Ambassador Larsen & Girls discuss gender equity
Sep 27, 2021

Ready for a New Year of Empowerment

Khadija Boulahcen, PS Empowerment Facilitator
Khadija Boulahcen, PS Empowerment Facilitator

Dear friends,

Project Soar is sending its gratitude to you, our supporters, and positive wishes for good health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

We are currently in the process of launching a new year of the Project Soar in a Box (PSB) Empowerment Curriculum in sites across Morocco. Our signature bags and boxes, full of all the supplies needed to implement the program, have been packed and shipped, and this year's new Empowerment Facilitators are wrapping up their in depth training. This is an exciting time of fresh starts and new beginnings for everyone at Project Soar, including all of our wonderful Empowerment Facilitators. 23 Empowerment Facilitators are in the process of completing their training virtually and, along with the 35 renewing Empowerment Facilitators, we are ready to welcome girls to our sites across the country and get started with the 2021/2022 edition of the Project Soar in a Box program!

Khadija Boulahcen is one of our amazing Empowerment Facilitators turned full time Program Assistant at Project Soar. Her dedication and relentless hard work are a constant source of inspiration for those around her. Khadija has successfully guided 20 girls through the Empowerment Curriculum and inspired countless girls beyond this with Project Soar values. Additionally, since joining Project Soar as a full time employee, she has played a vital role in organizing the rollout of a new year of Project Soar in a Box. Khadija shares some reflections on her time as an Empowerment Facilitator and her hopes for the future of Project Soar.

"I wanted to do something for the girls." Khadija says when asked about why she initially decided to become an Empowerment Facilitator. "When I was their age, I would have loved to have had someone to listen to me, to guide me, to give me advice" she continues. Khadija recalls how proud she was to witness the girls progressing in front of her eyes as she guided them through the 5 modules focused on Value, Voice, Body, Rights, and Path. She says that “comparing the girls from the first session to even just the middle of the curriculum, you can see the very positive changes taking place.” She shares how the girls became more confident and more comfortable speaking out and voicing their opinions, which she found incredibly rewarding to observe. 

For the coming year, Khadija has hopes and aspirations, especially for the new Project Soar girls living in rural areas. Having grown up in a rural village in Morocco, she says “It is in rural areas where the program is most needed, as girls from these more remote places are often lacking the tools they need to express their thoughts and a safe space to do so.” 

Khadija and all of our Empowerment Facilitators are an essential part of Project Soar. Without them, we would not be able to deliver the Project Soar in a Box Empowerment Curriculum. They are strong and inspiring women who serve as role models, guides, and confidantes to PS girls!

We are so grateful for your continued support of our Empowerment Facilitators, like Khadija, especially given the especially challenging times we now live in.

Stay tuned for more stories from these incredible women, and never doubt you are making a difference!

Warmest Wishes,

The Project Soar Team

Khadija with her Project Soar supplies.
Khadija with her Project Soar supplies.
Khadija poses with Project Soar girls.
Khadija poses with Project Soar girls.
 
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