Mar 25, 2021

146 Project Soar Girls are Soaring thanks to YOU

Hiba, Project Soar Girl quote
Hiba, Project Soar Girl quote

Dear Project Soar Friend,

We hope you continue to be well, as we send our gratitude to you, our supporter. 

Your generous help and sponsorship is helping us to provide our teen leadership workshops to seven Project Soar Chapters across Morocco. You are contributing to the future of girls like Hiba in Aourir, Casa Mabrouka, Casa Andalous, Casa Sidi Moumen, Casa Ain Sebaa, Casa Mediouna, and Rich. In total, 146 Project Soar girls are benefiting from the GlobalGiving Sponsor a Girl program! 

Our women Facilitators have led these squads of girls through our Project Soar curriculum, and they are now in Module 4: Rights. This Module begins with the workshop “I have the right to be treated as an equal,” and aims to foster an understanding of girls' rights. During this module, the Project Soar Girl embraces her right to an education and understands her right to be free from violence, sexual harassment, and early or forced marriage.

Thank you for your commitment to Project Soar and supporting teen girls to become leaders.  We are grateful to you!

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

Best Wishes, 

Maryam, Maha and the entire Project Soar Team 

Feb 24, 2021

Delivered! Project Soar Girls Receive Period Kits!

Hi Friends! We are sending gratitude to you, our supporters!

Thanks to your contributions, we have been able to cover over $8,000 of period supplies and have already distributed them to 12 Project Soar in a Box squads across Morocco! Supplies have gone to Aourir, Casablanca, Douar Laadam, Fam El Hisn, Mediouna, N’Zalat Bni Amar, Rich, and Tanger.

Recently, 200+ Project Soar girls received their BeGirl sustainable period kits! These eco-friendly, shame free, hygienic period kits enable girls to manage their periods effectively for three years -- so important, especially now that COVID-19 has made period supplies even harder to access for marginalized communities and more difficult to do so financially. In Morocco, like in so many places, period shame is common and period knowledge is scarce.

The PSB facilitators distribute the products to the girls during their workshop, I Manage My Menstruation in Module 3 of our Empowerment Curriculum. During this workshop, girls learn about how their bodies work and are given a safe space to share and ask questions openly. 

Chaimae, a 13 year-old Project Soar girl, first got her period at age 10, before most of her friends. “It was overwhelming to get my period so early. I felt really unhappy and anxious,” she said.

Chaimae struggled to find support during this time. “My family wasn’t very understanding of my situation.” This soon changed when she joined Project Soar and began attending workshops.

When she engaged in workshops about her body and menstruation, Chaimae’s distress and anxiety about her period transformed. Armed with newfound knowledge, a recognition of her self-worth, and a BeGirl kit, Chaimae overcame her fears. “I can now speak openly about my period!”

No girl should be ashamed of her menstruation or let it get in the way of a bright future! Project Soar is proud to be a Period Positive environment.  

Thank you again for your support. Period kits help keep girls in school and reduce the risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy! Never doubt you are making a difference!

Warmest wishes,

The Project Soar Team

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Feb 23, 2021

Empowered Women Empowering Girls: Fatima

Hi Project Soar Friends!

We hope you continue to be well and in good health, as we send our gratitude to you, our supporters. 

Thanks to your contributions, we are able to keep vital staff at our Douar Laadam Headquarters location during these challenging times. This team of strong and determined women is the foundation for maintaining our global Project Soar operations.

This week, we wanted to highlight Fatima, one of our team members. Fatima has been involved with Project Soar for four years, working as an Empowerment Facilitator and Coordinator. She impacts countless young girls, modeling outspokenness, confidence, hard work, and compassion.

Fatima contributes to the Project Soar curriculum and helps launch Project Soar’s scaling methodology, known as Project Soar in a Box (PSB) in new locations. Fatima spends most of her time supporting PSB facilitators throughout Morocco and ensuring program effectiveness.

For veteran facilitator Fatima, work as a Senior Program Coordinator is still incredibly rewarding. She recalled that facilitators are often nervous and unsure when they begin implementing PSB; they frequently call Fatima and the other coordinators for help and advice. Fatima encourages the facilitators to take ownership over their squads of Project Soar girls, utilizing their unique abilities to devise solutions. “I love to see their confidence grow.”

Fatima expressed gratitude for everything she has discovered through her involvement with Project Soar.

Living in small communities, there is no exposure to feminist thought and little chance for us to think differently from the conservative society in which we live. With Project Soar, I have been exposed to a beautiful, feminist way of thinking and living that I previously had not known. It has really boosted my confidence and opened my eyes to so many things.”

When asked to reflect on her numerous accomplishments, Fatima said she was, above all, proud of the determination and resilience of the girls.

“Sometimes, their power blows me away. The way they go back after Project Soar and work to change the society around them is amazing.” The girls’ wins are her wins, too.

Ever ambitious and dedicated, Fatima is spearheading initiatives to reach girls from all backgrounds. She is helping launch Project Soar’s first squad of girls with disabilities!

She is indefatigable, tenacious, and kind. Through every position she has held, everything Fatima does, in her heart, is for the girls.

“I feel so sad that there are so many girls that are out there missing out on living their best lives just because they didn’t have that little push or little more exposure, or somebody different that they could look up to or talk with. Sometimes, a conversation changes everything. We need more of Project Soar.”

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

Warmest wishes,

Project Soar Team

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