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

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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Dear Friends,

We were heartbroken when we first saw these drawings by Yemeni schoolgirls as young as six, depicting jets dropping bombs, dead bodies, and other horrors of war. In the only way they could, these children were telling the world about the devastating violence and trauma they, and millions of others, have experienced during the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Many children have been forced to flee their home and watched as the war tore their families and communities apart. In addition to the emotional toll, it is estimated that more than two million Yemeni children remain out of school, further exposing them to risks including malnutrition, child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence. 

TYTW in partnership with Solidarity Without Borders continues to provide clean drinking water and nutritious food to the most at-risk girls, keeping them in school and free from hunger. For some girls, it is the only meal they will eat in a day

Again, we thank you tremendously for your kindness and compassion for these beautiful girls during this extremely difficult time. We look forward to the day when their drawings will reflect the peace, joy and beauty they deserve.

With gratitude, 

Stephanie & the TYTW Team

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Sana’a Girl. Photo by Rod Waddington. 

Dear Friends,

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

Your support has helped ensure the return to school for hundreds of Yemeni girls, many of whom rely on school meals for their daily nutrition needs. According to the UN, nearly 370 million children worldwide have missed an average of 40 percent of their in-school meals since the pandemic prompted school closures. 

Thanks to our generous community, TYTW’s proven proven nutrition, education, and clean water initiatives in partnership with Solidarios Sin Fronteras have provided more than 100,000 meals to girls in Yemen. Your support comes at an especially urgent time, as resources in Yemen are extremely limited and children are facing deadly levels of hunger amidst a worsening food crisis. More than 70% of females in Yemen are married before their 18th birthdays.

Evidence shows that school meal programs have a positive impact on enrollment, attendance, and academic performance, and provide a key incentive for families to keep their daughters in school rather than marry them off. In addition to protecting girls from violence, reducing child marriage rates helps lower infant and maternal mortality, slow climate change, and position families for greater economic security, as girls who stay in school are better equipped to help support their families in later years. 

You’re also driving generational change -- as each girl who evades child marriage is more likely to prevent her own children from marrying early. 

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

 

Photo by Hashim H.  

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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 Yemen. 

Schools are back in session in Yemen, and TYTW is working with our field partner Solidarios Sin Fronteras (SSF) to ensure that the students have access to clean water. While water shortage has always been an issue in Sana’a, Yemen, access to clean water is even more essential now that the country faces a pandemic. With SSF, we are continuing to implement urgent COVID-19 response and relief work in Yemen to include the construction and filling of fresh water tanks in displacement camps serving 3,500 people, along with the provision of hundreds of boxes filled with food and personal health and cleaning products. Yesterday, our project brought an additional new water tank to Bayt Baws.

Additionally, 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: https://bit.ly/38RG3GQ

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

With gratitude,

The TYTW Team

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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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