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

Jul 7, 2020

Project Soar Workshop: I Manage My Menstruation

Project Soar is so thankful to You, our supporters!

Through this campaign, we were able to fundraise to cover the period supplies for girls in Morocco and Uganda in the 2020/2021 Project Soar in a Box (PSB) cohort! Having access to period products allows girls to stay in school, leading to reduced child marriage and teen pregnancy.

We are in the process of ordering the supplies and will receive them once mail restrictions are lifted due to Covid-19. Once received, the supplies will be distributed to the PSB facilitators to be given to the girls during their workshop, I Manage My Menstruation.

This workshop is dedicated solely to the topic of menstruation. Together, the girls define menstruation and discuss what happens to her body when on her period, and how to create a period-positive environment. During the activity portion of the workshop, the girls receive their period supplies and learn how to best use them. This is an exciting time for the girls as they understand the importance of these supplies. They are always so grateful and comment on how these supplies take away their concerns and stress around menstruation because they have the supplies needed to manage their menstruation effectively. Thank you again for your support!

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

With gratitude,

Jessica and the Project Soar Team

Jul 7, 2020

Empowering Teen Girls in Morocco during Covid-19

A throwback to everyone together at HQ
A throwback to everyone together at HQ

To all our supporters, we send you positive wishes and hopes for good health as we continue to face the many health challenges in our world today.

Things have been very busy with Project Soar the past few months.  On March 20th, the government of Morocco issued a state of emergency and mandatory quarantine at home.  Since we were unable to come together, the girls’ empowerment program was put on hold and staff began working remotely.  We continued to cover expenses at the headquarters, such as rent.

In April, students in the 9, 11, and 12th grades began preparing for their final exams.  With schools closed, students had to rely on an online platform to access their academic lessons and exam preparation materials.  This was a significant problem for many Project Soar girls, who live under the poverty line.  We were able to shift our efforts to address this challenge, in partnership with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), by providing internet access to the girls.  

Also while in quarantine, we began piloting the empowerment program online.  However, we are now happy to report that on June 25th quarantine was lifted for the Marrakech region and we were allowed to re-open Project Soar headquarters.  We’ve spent the last few days going through a deep clean and sanitation of the facility, staff returning to the office, setting up the rooms with fans that we have on hand.  We are also in the process of purchasing heating/cooling units for the offices to help keep us a bit cooler in this summer heat and warmer during the cold season.  We plan to re-open for the girls soon, taking all the precautions necessary to keep everyone safe. 

We look forward to the day when we are back together for empowerment, fun activities, and safe space!

Project Soar Headquarters
Project Soar Headquarters
 
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