Nov 2, 2020

Confronting Period Poverty During COVID-19

Hi Friends! As we are preparing to welcome new Project Soar Girls this week, our entire team is sending gratitude to you and all of our supporters. And we have great news...the BeGirl sustainable period supplies have arrived at our headquarters!

Thanks to your support we raised funds to cover these period supplies for the 2020/2021 Project Soar in a Box (PSB) cohort in Morocco + Uganda. Having access to period products helps keep girls in school and reduces the risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy. This is crucial right now when period supplies are even harder to access in marginalized communities during COVID-19. 

These eco-friendly, shame free, hygienic period supplies will be distributed to the PSB facilitators to be given to the girls during their workshop, I Manage My Menstruation. Our Empowerment Facilitators always share that this is a special workshop that creates a safe space for the girls to share and ask questions openly. Girls are then empowered with the knowledge on how to use the products to manage their periods for 2-3 years with dignity. No girl should be ashamed of her menstruation or let it get in the way of her bright future!

Thank you again for your support, and never doubt you are making a difference!

With gratitude,

Jenna and the Project Soar Team

Nov 2, 2020

Good News for Teen Girls in Morocco

Dear Friends,

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

Thanks to your support of this campaign, we purchased cooling units and fans for Project Soar headquarters! As we are transitioning into cold-season, we will be purchasing cozy blankets to continue making this empowerment space more comfortable for these feminist girl leaders.

Since the state of emergency and mandatory quarantine has been lifted in Morocco, staff have returned to work at the office with new COVID-19 safety protocols including temperature readings upon arrival, sanitizing surfaces daily, mandatory mask-wearing, regular hand washing, and social distancing.

The 2020-2021 school year began on September 7th, with the Moroccan Ministry of Education issuing a hybrid model of in-person schooling and distance learning. This allows Project Soar to launch a mix of in-person and online Project Soar in a Box sites this year when teen girl empowerment is needed more than ever.

Sunday, November 1st, marked the official kickoff of this year’s cohort with an orientation for new Project Soar Girls at headquarters. This is a huge bright spot for girls who have been isolated from friends and their support system during lockdowns. New girls shouted the Project Soar Affirmations for the first time: “I am Smart, I am Strong, I am Capable, I am a Leader, I am a Feminist, Girl Power!!” All precautions were taken to implement the orientation safely. There was singing, encouragement, smiles through our masks, and lots of girl power energy!!

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

Warmest wishes,

Jenna and the Project Soar Team

Oct 12, 2020

3 Ways Project Soar Empowerment Facilitators are Inspiring Teen Girls

Hi Friends! We are sending gratitude to You, our supporters, and positive wishes for good health as we continue to navigate this challenging year together.

We have been hard at work preparing to launch the 2020-2021 cohort of Project Soar Girls with in-person and online sites, and wanted to highlight the brave women who are behind it all: our Empowerment Facilitators. Your support of this campaign helps provide positive role models in the lives of girls to continue developing their confidence and leadership through this global pandemic. 

Here are just a few ways in which these social activists help transform girls into leaders of today and tomorrow:

Empowerment Facilitators have a passion for girls' rights: Project Soar facilitator Latifa in Morocco is a woman on a mission! She is a university student, a member of many organizations in her community, and an advocate for girls and women. Over the last year, Latifa has worked to empower girls in her community through the Project Soar in a Box curriculum and by sharing her own experiences of overcoming challenges, pursuing her education, and following her dreams.

Empowerment Facilitators are inspiring girls to embrace leadership: Project Soar facilitators at Mbogo Progressive School in Uganda helped 6 girls in the program gain the confidence to be elected for leadership positions. Ahead of the elections, the facilitators used the empowerment curriculum to help build the confidence and public speaking skills of these girls in a safe space.

Empowerment Facilitators are leading by example: Project Soar facilitator Habiba in Morocco persevered to receive an education after dropping out in the 5th grade because of family expectations and community perspectives about girls attending school. Habiba's consistent positivity and determination in pursuit of her goals has helped make her a role model within her community. She passes her positivity on to the girls of her community as a facilitator for Project Soar, where she leads by example to help girls forge their own path.

Project Soar Empowerment Facilitators are leaders of change in their communities, and instrumental in empowering girls across Morocco and Uganda.

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

Warmest Wishes,

The Project Soar team

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