Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls

by Project Soar
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls
Help Empowerment Facilitators Reach 700 Teen Girls

Dear friends,

Project Soar is sending its gratitude to You, our supporters, and well wishes for good health and happiness for you and your loved ones. 

Thanks to your amazing support of this campaign, more Empowerment Facilitators reach marginalized girls living in underserved communities all across Morocco - empowering them to bypass barriers to brighter futures.
As we take stock of the amazing progress made by Soar girls this Empowerment year, we would love to congratulate all the Soar grads who completed the program - all made possible by the great dedication of the Empowerment Facilitators. Madiha is among this team, serving as Empowerment Facilitator in Azrou. Madiha is passionate about working with teen girls, and when she first discovered Project Soar she was inspired by the passion we put into helping girls stand up for themselves and pursue their dreams. She decided to join as a facilitator in 2019 with the ultimate goal of contributing to the empowerment of rural teen girls by breaking down structural barriers to girls' rights in Moroccan society! Alongside working for Project Soar, Madiha also works for her other great passion as a translator in a local non-profit organization in her hometown. She is 30 years old, holds a degree in Management and has previously worked with other NGOs such as Peace Corps and Crafting love and hope. From Madiha’s ventures in helping nonprofit organizations, she brings an amazing dedication and diverse skills to her role, which makes her an incredible role model to Soar girls!  

Madiha realizes the many challenges that can come with working with teen girls from marginalized groups, for example facing pushback or apprehension from parents who do not want their teen daughters to attend activities like Project Soar workshops. Madiha shared with us that one of the teen girls in her squad suddenly stopped showing up to the workshops even though she was one of the most passionate and involved in the group. Madiha realized the girl’s parents didn't want her to attend anymore, so she made the effort to reach out to them and  explained how important those workshops are for their daughters to learn  life-changing skills, grow stronger and reach their full potential. As the parents trusted her judgment, they allowed their daughter to  start attending the workshops again regularly! This is a testament to the trust and steadfast dedication to teen girls shown by our Empowerment Facilitators.

"My goal is to empower girls in my hometown to understand their value and make them believe in themselves so that they can reach their full potential" - Madiha, Project Soar Empowerment facilitator

Rockstar Facilitators like Madiha are part of the essential fabric that allows Project Soar to succeed in  more and more at-risk teen girls! Thank you Madiha! And thanks to all of you for helping us day after day by contributing to this campaign. Stay tuned for more stories from these inspirational strong women!

Warmest wishes,

The Project Soar team

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Kaltouma (right) with a Soar girl
Kaltouma (right) with a Soar girl

Hi Friends!

Project Soar is sending gratitude to you, our dedicated supporters, and positive wishes for continued good health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

Our incredible Soar Facilitators have been leading many exciting initiatives and activities for teen girls over the past four months. In February we launched a new project called the BIGGER Movement (Building a Greater Girls’ Rights Movement), which aims to close all legal loopholes to child marriage in Morocco by 2025. In April, we conducted a week-long advocacy training led by 6 Soar Facilitators and our partner Mobilizing Rights Associates (MRA). Soar Facilitators are, and have always been, at the very core of the Soar feminist movement. Many Soar Facilitators wish to empower girls in their own communities since they themselves have faced challenges and setbacks because of their gender. We reached out to Kaltouma El Mostaghni, a new and resilient Soar Facilitator this year in Ouarzazate, Morocco, to learn more about her powerful story to share with you:

In 1998, Kaltouma was a child bride at 15 years old, forced to drop out of school. Unfortunately she endured intimate partner violence which later led to a divorce. Twenty years after her school drop-out and re-building her life, she returned to school and passed her Baccalaureate exam. This was just the beginning. Kaltouma is now pursuing a law degree and is enrolled at Ibn Zohr University in Agadir in the faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences. Her ultimate goal is to help protect girls’ education and fight child marriage. Recently she updated Soar Program Coordinator Kaoutar Arhenbou that she passed all of her exams of the first semester with flying colors!

“After 20 years of suffering, I had to make a change. Now I want to help Soar Girls avoid underage marriage and dropping out of school.” - Kaltouma

Kaltouma is not only a brilliant student with an important objective, but also a great Soar Empowerment Facilitator helping 18 Soar Girls from underserved areas in her community of Ouarzazate to understand their Value, Voice, Body, Rights and Path. This week she is currently facilitating the 23rd of 25 weekly Soar empowerment workshops. She has also helped the girls launch their own Soar Club, and during the 2021/22 academic year she has organized 2 Soar Community Dialogues with her co-facilitator and the girls in her squad. 98 community members and stakeholders in total have attended their dialogues which addressed themes of women entrepreneurship in Ouarzazate as well as the community issue of child marriage. Kaltouma planned guest speakers at the events including female entrepreneurs, law students, and the Vice-President of the Commission for Equality and Equal Opportunities in Ouarzazate as well as the Vice President of the Regional Council of Tinghir. Their second dialogue also connected two of their Soar Girls with writing opportunities with the Association of Women Writers of Morocco in the Draa-Tafilalet region. These dialogues are bringing key community leaders in the same room with Soar Girls to push the needle for better girls’ education outcomes to protect them from child marriage.

Women leaders like Kaltouma are truly vital to the mission of Project Soar. We will continue to amplify the stories, commitment and energy that facilitators like Kaltouma bring to their communities as Soar Facilitators.

We are close to our campaign goal thanks to all of you. Your generosity has supported 76 facilitators to deliver the Soar program to over 1,150 girls in two cohorts since we launched this campaign in July 2020. Facilitators like Kaltouma remind us why it is so important to support local women to be role models, mentors and advocates for teen girls in any community. 

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


Warmest Wishes,


The Project Soar Team

Kaltouma, Soar Facilitator in Ouarzazate, Morocco
Kaltouma, Soar Facilitator in Ouarzazate, Morocco
Kaltouma (5th from right) w/ Soar Girls @ dialogue
Kaltouma (5th from right) w/ Soar Girls @ dialogue
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Facilitator Oumaima (white shirt) with Soar Girls
Facilitator Oumaima (white shirt) with Soar Girls

Dear friends,

Project Soar is sending its gratitude to you, our supporters, and positive wishes for good health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

Project Soar is now full steam ahead with our programs, operating 37 squads across 7 regions of Morocco with a total of 71 active Empowerment Facilitators at this time. This year, as with every year, Project Soar is privileged to have strong, feminist, women mentors leading Soar Girls through our five module Empowerment Curriculum focused on Value, Voice, Body, Rights, and Path.

One such rockstar Empowerment Facilitator is Oumaima Bedduaf of Ouarzazate, who never ceases to impress us with her dedication to and passion for teen girl empowerment. A selfless leader in every sense, Oumaima has powered through the Soar Empowerment Curriculum, personally delivering 22.5 empowerment hours to 21 Soar Girls in Ouarzazate so far and is poised to host their second of three Community Dialogues that allows space for Soar Girls as well as community stakeholders to engage in conversations on gender equity challenges and brainstorm actionable ways to improve them.

Project Soar Empowerment Facilitators often times find that not only are they leaving an impact on the girls, but the girls are leaving an impact on them as well. "I find myself evolving and learning more about the girls more and more with every encounter. I make sure to treat them equally and support them when needed," Oumaima says, "I get so delighted when I hear my name is mentioned by one of their teachers or their coaches - this tells me that I am doing this rightI feel happy encouraging them to do well in their studies and I already see that their grades have improved. It is an honour for me and for Project Soar that we are able to help and guide these girls and leave a positive impact on them. Now my joy is their joy.

Faciliators like Oumaima take this inspiration and motivation to not only deliver the Project Soar programs with passion and patience, but also continuously exceed expectations by finding additional opportunities for Soar Girls that boost their exposure to cultural events, networking opportunities and more. For example this month, Oumaima initiated a field trip to a local history museum for her squad and even brought three Soar Girls to a public speaking workshop hosted by a local non-profit. 

We are so grateful for your continued support of our Empowerment Facilitators, like Oumaima, who go above and beyond to ensure Soar Girls excel and succeed no matter the challenges they face. 

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

Warmest Wishes,

The Project Soar Team

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Khadija Boulahcen, PS Empowerment Facilitator
Khadija Boulahcen, PS Empowerment Facilitator

Dear friends,

Project Soar is sending its gratitude to you, our supporters, and positive wishes for good health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

We are currently in the process of launching a new year of the Project Soar in a Box (PSB) Empowerment Curriculum in sites across Morocco. Our signature bags and boxes, full of all the supplies needed to implement the program, have been packed and shipped, and this year's new Empowerment Facilitators are wrapping up their in depth training. This is an exciting time of fresh starts and new beginnings for everyone at Project Soar, including all of our wonderful Empowerment Facilitators. 23 Empowerment Facilitators are in the process of completing their training virtually and, along with the 35 renewing Empowerment Facilitators, we are ready to welcome girls to our sites across the country and get started with the 2021/2022 edition of the Project Soar in a Box program!

Khadija Boulahcen is one of our amazing Empowerment Facilitators turned full time Program Assistant at Project Soar. Her dedication and relentless hard work are a constant source of inspiration for those around her. Khadija has successfully guided 20 girls through the Empowerment Curriculum and inspired countless girls beyond this with Project Soar values. Additionally, since joining Project Soar as a full time employee, she has played a vital role in organizing the rollout of a new year of Project Soar in a Box. Khadija shares some reflections on her time as an Empowerment Facilitator and her hopes for the future of Project Soar.

"I wanted to do something for the girls." Khadija says when asked about why she initially decided to become an Empowerment Facilitator. "When I was their age, I would have loved to have had someone to listen to me, to guide me, to give me advice" she continues. Khadija recalls how proud she was to witness the girls progressing in front of her eyes as she guided them through the 5 modules focused on Value, Voice, Body, Rights, and Path. She says that “comparing the girls from the first session to even just the middle of the curriculum, you can see the very positive changes taking place.” She shares how the girls became more confident and more comfortable speaking out and voicing their opinions, which she found incredibly rewarding to observe. 

For the coming year, Khadija has hopes and aspirations, especially for the new Project Soar girls living in rural areas. Having grown up in a rural village in Morocco, she says “It is in rural areas where the program is most needed, as girls from these more remote places are often lacking the tools they need to express their thoughts and a safe space to do so.” 

Khadija and all of our Empowerment Facilitators are an essential part of Project Soar. Without them, we would not be able to deliver the Project Soar in a Box Empowerment Curriculum. They are strong and inspiring women who serve as role models, guides, and confidantes to PS girls!

We are so grateful for your continued support of our Empowerment Facilitators, like Khadija, especially given the especially challenging times we now live in.

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

Warmest Wishes,

The Project Soar Team

Khadija with her Project Soar supplies.
Khadija with her Project Soar supplies.
Khadija poses with Project Soar girls.
Khadija poses with Project Soar girls.
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Kawtar with PS Girls at Project Soar Headquaters
Kawtar with PS Girls at Project Soar Headquaters

Hello friends! We are sending gratitude to You, our supporters, and positive wishes for good health as we continue to navigate the pandemic together.

This month, we are wrapping up the 2020-2021 cohort of Project Soar Girls across the country with COVID-19 safe graduation ceremonies. Keeping this momentous milestone in mind, we could not help but continue the festive spirit by highlighting our amazing Empowerment Facilitators, who make it their priority to ensure that each girl completes the PSB program feeling as though she is celebrated. Your donation to this campaign helps provide support to the Facilitators who play the most crucial role at Project Soar as they dedicate their time to ensuring the PS Girls have a safe space to reflect, learn, and flourish. 

One such woman to be celebrated is Project Soar's very own Program Coordinator and Program Facilitator, Kawtar Ait Malek. Through her dedication over the past 2+ years, Kawtar has now directly led over 40 girls succesfully through completion of the Project Soar in a Box program and has indirectly impacted hundreds more through her support of Facilitators across the country. In total, Kawtar has supported 30 Facilitators across 17 sites in Morocco and continues to add to her already amazing achievements with Project Soar by assisting in the support of Empowerment Facilitators working in communties of internally displaced people (IDP) in Northwest Syria. 

When asked what Kawtar loves most about supporting the Project Soar Empowerment Facilitators, she says "I love seeing the Facilitators through all their ups and downs. I'm able to motivate them and pass positive energy to them when they feel challenged and share appreciation with them when they succeed. Since I am a facilitator too, I am able to empathize with them and understand them emotionally." In terms of being a 2 year facilitator, she states that "while it is not always initially easy to create the safe space we need to thrive, the fact that the girls eventually trust me enough to approach me, tell me their feelings, and ask me for advice - this is the most precious reward."

Kawtar recently shared an experience she had with one of her fellow facilitators, saying "I am so inspired by so many of the other Facilitators I work with. Ghita, one of my co-Facilitators, inspires me in particular. Her attitude has really touched me personally because although she has a speech impediment  I watch her stand there every Sunday, speaking in front of the PS girls, emanating so much confidence and positive energy. She never dwells on the way she sounds, but rather focuses on passing her positive emotions on to the girls no matter what. She is never embarrassed or shy -- she just wants to give the girls her all."

Ghita, like all of the Empowerment Facilitators, embodies the Project Soar spirit by showing the girls that while her skills may not be perfect, she is strong, she is smart, she is capable, she is a leader, and she is a feminist. What's clear is that Empowerment Facilitators are not just teachers, but rather mentors, confidantes, and champions of change.

It is safe to say that without Faciliators like Kawtar and Ghita, the lasting impact Project Soar makes would not be possible, and we are forever grateful for their enduring spirit. Stay tuned for more stories of these incredible women, and never doubt you are making a difference!

Warmest Wishes,

The Project Soar team

Kawtar assists the GLCs with a Community Dialogue
Kawtar assists the GLCs with a Community Dialogue
Ghita (right) with co-Facilitator Aziza (left)
Ghita (right) with co-Facilitator Aziza (left)
Ghita proudly sports her Project Soar t-shirt.
Ghita proudly sports her Project Soar t-shirt.
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