Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field

by Too Young To Wed, Inc.
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field
Championing Girls' Rights On and Off the Field

A tremendous thank you from the entire TYTW team to everyone who tuned into our Virtual Holiday Fest to End Child Marriage this past weekend -- and to all of our wonderful supporters who make our work possible! If you missed the live event which featured Emmy Award winner Julianne Nicholson as emcee, performances from Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles / acclaimed actor Joe Tippett and others, and inspiring speeches from trailblazers like Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Fawzia Koofi and LEARN co-founder Pashtana Durrani, you can still watch at this recording link.

We truly could not do any of this work without our incredible community, and we are so honored to celebrate you all. Thank you again to TYTW’s generous sponsors who have made this year’s impact possible: International Women’s Media Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, Isabel Allende Foundation, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, Sum Of Us, David & Laura Merage Foundation, Sabrina Merage Foundation, World of Women, Mari Snyder Johnson, Every Mother Counts, Carol Ann Blinken Emquies, Mankind is my Business, Canon, John and Jenn Chen, Woodland Essence, friends Jean Smart, Kathy Bonk, Lynsey Addario, Rotary Club of Peekskill, and a number of incredibly generous anonymous donors.

With so much gratitude,

Stephanie and the TYTW Team


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You're Invited!

Join Too Young to Wed for our annual Virtual Holiday Fest! This year, we want to thank YOU for your incredible generosity and support throughout the last year. We are so grateful for this opportunity to unite our global community and share the impact of our programming--none of which would be possible without you. 

Our 2021 Virtual Holiday Fest will be emceed by actress, activist, and TYTW Ambassador Julianne Nicholson, who was honored with an Emmy earlier this year for her captivating performance on Mare of Easttown. We’ll be sharing stories from some of our incredible Afghan evacuees like mountaineer Aqila Hashimi, pictured in the invitation photo, who climbed Mount Noshaq (7,482 meters high) as part of the first Afghan team with no foreign assistance.

Be inspired by Fawzia Koofi, First Female Deputy Speaker of Parliament and former Vice President of the National Assembly of Afghanistan; Pashtana Durrani, Executive Director of LEARN, our partner non-profit advocating for Afghan women and girls; and our partner Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation. We'll also enjoy performances by rapper Sonita Alizada, Grammy Award-winning artist Sara Bareilles and acclaimed actor Joe Tippett, along with more special guests to be announced!

This virtual event will safely unite our international community and provide an opportunity to raise funds supporting our programs for girls around the world. This year, we’ve championed girls and women in Kenya, Yemen, Nigeria, Nepal, Afghanistan, and India. Let’s support their futures together.

Please join us on December 11, and thank you for your attendance!

Tune into our livestream at one of these three locations:


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Dear Friends,

As we emerge from a truly difficult time of COVID restrictions, we are so grateful for the support we were able to provide the deserving girls in our football program, thanks to your generous and ongoing donations.

After returning to the classroom and their studies, now the girls on the football team are regional champions! Next they’ll go to the playoffs against winners from all the other regions. The 35-member team also has two volunteer coaches who have finished their secondary education and another male coach who is leading them onward to victory.

As you know from your ongoing support of our work, this is not just a story about football. This is a story of the remarkable resiliency of survivors -- girls subjected to the harmful practices of child marriage and FGM, overcoming so many odds to become champions. The program not only encourages girls to stay in school--it builds strength, resilience and confidence. It builds leaders for generations to come. 

In Laikipia County, TYTW partners with Falling Waters Primary and Secondary Schools, providing scholarships and wraparound services like psychosocial support, food and shelter, and health services. Government COVID safety protocols created a wave of unintended consequences with more than 150,000 teenagers becoming pregnant in only a matter of months in 2020. Many of these girls were forced to have sex in exchange for services like soap or sanitary pads. The country’s Ministry of Health reported that tens of thousands of girls under 14 became pregnant in this time frame, with many more in 2021. 

Therefore our work is more vital than ever. In fact, because of this increase in child pregnancy, we are able to again plan a reproductive and sexual health camp. Previous camps were delayed due to COVID but we managed to help keep girls safe from child marriage and FGM by having parents and guardians sign child protection forms and agreements. We also partnered with local government authorities to keep them safe during school holidays when the girls were back at home. Girls under 15 are at the highest risk for maternal mortality, suffer social stigma and most often drop out of school. Thankfully this year we were able to bring back to school three of our girls who dropped out due to pregnancy. 

Your donations are not only preventing girls from facing child marriage, FGM, and the risks of early pregnancy, but are creating leaders to carry this work of ending child marriage forward. We are so grateful for your ongoing donations to make this work possible. Stay tuned for more news about these football champions!

With warmest regards and gratitude,

Stephanie and the TYTW Team


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Miriam delivers a powerful kick during team practice. Photo by Elizabeth G. Pratt.

Dear Friends,

As we wrap up our Women’s History Month here at TYTW, we reflect on our gratitude for donors like you whose generosity makes our work and programming possible. 

We are thrilled to share that with schools reopening in Kenya, we have been able to welcome back the girls’ soccer/football team! In Laikipia County, where TYTW partners with Falling Waters Primary and Secondary Schools to provide scholarships, wraparound supportive services (psychosocial support, safe shelter, food, and health assistance), and rehabilitative recreational programming, we are working to ensure that girls are robustly supported as they return to boarding school and resume their studies. Education is the most effective evidence-based intervention against child marriage, and the soccer/football program serves as a key incentive for girls to stay in school. Currently, there are 34 girls playing on the team, most of whom are former child brides and female genital mutilation (FGM) survivors. We look forward to seeing what these talented girls do this season!

The football program also feeds into TYTW’s survivor-informed advocacy initiatives. In a testament to the powerful impact of advocacy, TYTW recently celebrated a historic milestone made toward protecting girls from child marriage, FGM (a harmful precursor practice to child marriage), and other forms of violence. Earlier this month, the TYTW team had the honor of witnessing H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta (joined by a number of top Cabinet officials) preside over Samburu County’s highest 40 clan elders in the #KisimaDeclaration to #EndChildMarriage and #EndFGM, among other forms of gender-based violence. TYTW directly called for, and was granted, the inclusion of child marriage in the title and main text of the declaration. The historic declaration also came less than 90 days after the publication of TYTW’s December 2020 New York Times original reporting story,“These Girls Are Being Cut and Married in Droves.” Seventeen-year-old TYTW scholarship awardee Julia, who bravely shared her story for the piece, joined TYTW’s delegation for the event.

We are so proud of the courageous girls who have persevered through adversity and spoken out against the traumas they have endured. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, TYTW has worked in Samburu County since 2015, engaging key decision-makers to better protect girls, while supportinghundreds of child marriage survivors directly with crisis services, innovative champion-building workshops, multiyear scholarships, and ongoing public awareness campaigns that elevate and center survivor voices.

Donate to TYTW from now through March 31, and your gift will be matched by a generous private donor. Now is a great time to DOUBLE your impact!

We thank you for your invaluable contributions and look forward to staying in touch about the continuous impact of your generosity on the incredible girls TYTW serves.

Warm regards,

Stephanie and the TYTW Team

Image (top): Team members lace up their cleats in preparation for practice. Photo by Elizabeth G. Pratt. 

Image (bottom): Clan elders in Samburu County pledge to end child marriage and FGM in the historic Kisima Declaration, March 5, 2021. Photo by Sonyanga Olengais.


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Dear friends:

We cannot thank you enough for your outstanding support of Too Young to Wed’s work to empower girls and prevent child marriage in Kenya. 

While some schools have begun to open in Kenya, gradually welcoming students of certain grades back to in-person classes, these options are not yet available to the members of the soccer/football team that TYTW supports. However, TYTW is in direct contact with both the girls and their team coach, providing regular monitoring, emergency food supplies, and local service coordination. Among the emergency food provisions, TYTW has provided Unimix, a highly nutritious fortified porridge that will help to keep quarantined girls with limited access to resources healthy.

To meet one of the most crucial needs for out-of-school girls in Kenya, several of TYTW’s beneficiaries began training in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as part of a new partnership between TYTW and Amref in Samburu County, Kenya. The program brings urgently-needed information and resources on SRH to vulnerable quarantined girls. The new initiative is in direct response to a need highlighted by elders during our recent home casework visits, who strongly advocated for provision of SRH information for adolescent girls and young women. Tens of thousands of Kenyan girls became pregnant during the first five months of 2020 — including more than 10,000 girls 14 and younger according to the country’s Ministry of Health. If trends continue, there will be more than 20,000 girls under the age of 14 pregnant before the end of the year. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for girls under 15 years of age. In TYTW and Amref’s wraparound service support model, Amref’s program teams can now deliver SRH information to girls in villages where TYTW beneficiaries live, in order to continue providing urgently needed support to girls in need.  

Finally, we invite all of you to save the date for our upcoming virtual holiday fest on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00pm EDT! Brought to you by Canon, our one-hour virtual event will feature remarks by actress and activist Julianne Nicholson and renowned Chilean novelist Isabel Allende. The event will also include exclusive program footage from the field (including from our recent photo workshop in India with acid attack survivors), and musical performances by our very own beneficiaries. We’ll also share information about our exciting print sale and host a conversation between founder Stephanie Sinclair and Kenyan documentary filmmaker / activist Jeremiah Kipainoi about the situation in the pastoralist communities, where girls are most vulnerable to child marriage and other harmful practices. 

Register for our December 12 virtual event here:

We hope to see you there! Your generosity changes lives each and every day.

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

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