Feb 8, 2021

Warda Bouye: Facilitator to Coordinator

Hi Friends! We are sending gratitude to You, our supporters, and positive wishes for good health as we look forward in the new year.

Transitioning back to safe, in-person workshops has been challenging, but the Project Soar team has been giving it our all to ensure Project Soar Girls have access to their empowerment curriculum and feminist support from their Empowerment Facilitators. These courageous women are leaders of change in their communities. They continue to show up and advocate for Girls across Morocco and Uganda during these uncertain times. Your support of this campaign helps provide positive role models in the lives of girls to continue developing their confidence and leadership.

This week, we sat down with one of our Empowerment Facilitators and newest Project Soar in a Box Coordinator, Warda Bouye. She joined us in January and has quickly become a vital part of our team. Warda is eager, warm, and a wonderful role model for Project Soar Girls.

Warda not only helps Project Soar girls grow and find their voices, but embodies gaining more confidence through sharing her own experiences with girls.

After working at Project Soar for a month, Warda is more confident speaking in public and feels she can make friends even more easily. “I used to hide all of my ideas. Now, I just share them.” She also noticed significant changes in the Project Soar girls she works with. The girls “used to be silent and talk in a quiet voice.” Now, she realized, “they just started to defend themselves. They can now say, ‘No’ to people. ‘It’s me, it’s my body. Don’t cross the line.’ When I was their age, I didn’t know this.”

Warda’s favorite thing about working with Project Soar girls is “making them realize how valuable they are.” It’s an amazing thing to tell a girl “that she is someone in this world and she can do whatever she wants. . . that whatever she is dreaming about can be true.”

Warda leaves her younger self and other Project Soar girls with this advice: “Just be you. Sometimes we pretend that we are somebody else and we act how other people would want us to be. Let’s just be ourselves--that’s more true to us and to others.”

Thank you for supporting Warda and all of our Empowerment Facilitators. Our work would not be possible without their commitment to and deep care for these girls.

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

Warmest Wishes,

The Project Soar team

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

 
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