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Help Girls in Yemen Stay in School

by Too Young To Wed, Inc.
Help Girls in Yemen Stay in School
Help Girls in Yemen Stay in School
Help Girls in Yemen Stay in School
Help Girls in Yemen Stay in School
Yemeni family with their emergency food supplies.
Yemeni family with their emergency food supplies.

Dear GlobalGiving Friends:

Please know we are keeping the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones in our thoughts during these challenging times.

In Yemen, where TYTW has reported on girls as young as 6 being forced into marriage, your generous support has made a substantial impact at a desperate time. A massive fuel shortage in Yemen’s northern governorates erupted in mid-June, with kilometers-long gasoline queues threatening critical food and medical supply chains.

The most vulnerable of Yemen’s communities—displaced persons, particularly women and children—suffer most during such shortages, as food prices spike, and access to clean water becomes strained. When vulnerable households are squeezed amid such intense resource pressure, underage girls are often married off to much older men as a way to provide for their necessities and relieve an economic burden. These patterns are exacerbated when girls are out of school for prolonged periods of time, as during pandemic lockdowns and school closures.

Your critical support has made it possible for TYTW and our ground partner, Solidarios Sin Fronteras (Solidarity Without Borders), to respond to the neediest Yemeni families with immediacy. Roughly 1,600 vulnerable people are receiving a series of sanitary deliveries containing food and hygiene supplies, and more than 3,500 displaced people are provided with clean water for drinking and safe washing. TYTW has also invested in improved personal protective equipment (PPE) resources for the ground team in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable communities. 

Thank you for your generosity in this time of great urgency. You have quite literally helped prevent child marriage. And that’s no small thing. 

Please continue to follow TYTW’s social media feeds for ongoing updates about the situations on the ground in each of the countries in which we work.

With gratitude,

Stephanie & the TYTW Team 

Women & children gather as water tanks are filled.
Women & children gather as water tanks are filled.
Critical water tanks refilled in northern Yemen.
Critical water tanks refilled in northern Yemen.

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Faten, co-founder of Solidarios Sin Fronteras
Faten, co-founder of Solidarios Sin Fronteras

Dear GlobalGiving Friends: 

In these extraordinarily challenging times, we at TYTW send our warmest and loving thoughts to each of you, and our sincerest wishes for your health and safety. We are deeply grateful for your support of the school breakfast program in Yemen, and wanted to provide an update on what TYTW is doing to address our girls’ emergency needs brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

In Yemen, schools have shuttered following global pandemic response trends, meaning that the 525 girls who benefited from our school breakfast program now lose access to that provision -- which was, for many of the girls, the only meal they would eat in a day. With our partner Solidarios Sin Fronteras, we have pivoted the program to focus on safe, sanitary meal delivery to some of the most vulnerable girls’ households, as well as increased clean water provision reaching 5500 people daily as the need for sanitation surges.

It is not clear when schools will reopen, but in the meantime, TYTW and our partners are working tirelessly to help keep the girls served by the program fed and out of child marriages.

We understand that these are highly stressful and uncertain times for everyone. For those who are able to make an emergency gift, you can ensure the protection of the most vulnerable girls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are sending our love to each of you. By standing together, we will emerge from these challenging days stronger than ever.

With vast gratitude, 

Stephanie and the TYTW Team

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Dear GlobalGiving Donors:

Thank you for your generous support of the daily school breakfasts program to help girls in Yemen stay in school and out of child marriages.

Your support comes at an urgent time. During the past year, the conflict in Yemen has continued unabated, and while international attention is concentrated in some areas (Sana'a, Al Hudaydah, Saddah, Taiz), civilians continue to lose their lives at alarming rates. The fundamental rights of women are in an especially precarious place, and children continue to be the most vulnerable. The cost of the breakfasts have also recently increased from $.48 to $.56 due to local food shortages and fluctuating currency exchange rates against the dollar (a typical occurrence in countries at war, especially during Ramadan and other holidays).

Because of your generosity, the girls who are now able to attend school on a regular basis are safe, free to be children, and have access to essential nutrients. For many girls, this school breakfast is the only meal they will have all day. Furthermore, keeping girls in school is a proven method to preventing child marriages. School provides safety and security for vulnerable girls as well as peer support networks and psychosocial support, enabling them to help support their families in later years.

Because of your generous support, our local partner, Solidarios Sin Fronteras, was able to expand the breakfast program to a second school earlier in the year, boosting the enrollment to an additional 663 students who now also enjoy a daily breakfast.

An important component of the breakfast program is also the distribution of clean drinking water in the schools. Our partners have provided 96,000 liters of drinking water in the schools to 2,460 students. With Yemen facing the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history according to the United Nations, the need for access to safe and clean drinking water is vital.

Your support is changing lives. At the Abdulla Al Baradoni School, our girls laugh, play, and learn. Each girl that evades child marriage will likely prevent her own children from marrying too young. Thank you for your dedication.

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

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Thank you again for your generous support of Too Young to Wed’s Yemen Breakfasts program! Classes resumed Saturday, September 14th in Sana’a and our breakfasts program is once again underway. Each morning attending schoolgirls - most between the ages of 6 and 13 - receive a nutritious breakfast of bread, milk, fruit, and a protein such as egg, tuna, or cheese. This balanced meal provides each girl with calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B12, potassium, and magnesium among other nutrients. For some, it is their only meal of the day. Most importantly, it provides an important economic incentive for families to continue sending their daughters to school. Education is the single most effective measure to prevent child marriage, and your generosity helps keep this safeguard in place for the girls in Sana’a. 

When the project began in March 2018, more than 120 girls were inconsistent in their attendance. When one eight-year-old pupil stopped showing up to classes altogether, her teacher decided to investigate the cause. On arriving at her student’s home, she found the girl’s family preparing to marry her off out of economic desperation. Even the young girl’s mother was distraught; having been a child bride herself she did not want the same future for her daughter. However, their severe poverty forced left the family with little choice. 

Fortunately, since Too Young to Wed began providing young schoolgirls with breakfast through our partners Solidarios Sin Fronteras, this young student is back in the classroom and attendance has remained high. In fact, not a single student has dropped out since the start of the program. The students laugh, they play, they learn. They are girls--allowed to be children. 

Thanks generous supporters like you, we are exctied to report that our partners have been able to increase the number of girls served by this project to 537 from 525. They've also expanded their assistance to a second school in Sana’a, supporting girls who are vulnerable to child marriage because of the extreme poverty of the area, and boys who are vulnerable to recruitment as child soldiers due to the ongoing war.

We thank you for your generosity, and hope you will continue your generous support so that we can continue to keep hundreds of children in Yemen in school and safe from abuse.  

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

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Too Young To Wed, Inc.

Location: Peekskill, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Stephanie Sinclair
Peekskill, NY United States
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