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