Valuable Girl Project: Empower 1000 Girls in Egypt

by Coptic Orphans
Vetted
May 30, 2013

A Letter from Mariam in Egypt

A letter from Mariam: http://youtu.be/dqZUfKyW44s
A letter from Mariam: http://youtu.be/dqZUfKyW44s

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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.   

Watch Mariam from Egypt tell her story

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Coptic Orphans

Location: Merrifield, Virginia - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.copticorphans.org
Project Leader:
Nermien Riad
Merrifield, Virginia United States

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