Did you know that there's a cycle of widowhood among the poor in Egypt?
Under economic pressure, widowed mothers often pull their daughters out of school and marry them off to older men. But that dooms those daughters to one day become widows without the education to provide for their children, either.
The solution is easy: find a way to keep girls in school, and out of marriage until they graduate.
That is the goal of the Valuable Girl Project. Younger girls gain the courage, tenacity, and practical help they need to stay in school through the support of mentors in their local communities. They not only resist family pressures to drop out; but often change their family's views in the process.
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