Thank you for your continued support of sponsoring teen girls in Morocco. Your support has been crucial to ensuring empowerment for Soar Girls!
Throughout the world, millions of girls are impacted by the prevalent issue of child marriage. They are frequently forced to drop out of school as a result of this harmful practice, which also puts them at danger of physical and psychological abuse. Over 14% of Moroccan girls get married before turning 18 years old, making child marriage a persistent problem in the country. It is crucial to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent child marriage because many of them are at risk of doing so. Through education, community building, and leadership development, Project Soar works to empower girls in Morocco to avoid marrying young. The program allows them to make informed decisions about their life and resist pressure to be married at an early age by giving them the knowledge, abilities, and confidence they need.
18-year-old Soar Girl Soumia, has personally seen the negative effects of child marriage. Several of her peers have left school for marriage, explaining that most of them have experienced divorces soon after. One of Soumia's classmates opted not to continue her studies in order to be married. The marriage broke up after two months, and she was left with a lot of emotional pain. She made the decision to return to school to finish her studies and to seek therapy after that.
“I demand that the government intervene immediately to change the laws that permit child marriage. I see classmates wasting their futures, forced to get married and often soon divorced” - Soar Girl Soumia
A teen girl's empowerment can contribute to her success and assist her in achieving her goals. For instance, Soumia now recognizes the issues her classmates face and has decided against marrying underage since she is aware of the harm it causes. She speaks out against these practices and advocates for her community, allowing her to finish her education and guide her peers to make the best choice. She is currently pursuing higher education, recently enrolling as a law student, and hopes to become a social worker in the future. The success of the Project Soar program is evident in the fact that less than 1% of Soar girls get married underage after enrolling in our empowerment program. This is a significant achievement, given that child marriage is still a widespread issue in Morocco. Soumia is a shining example of a Soar Girl who is aware of her right to continue her education. Through the stories of girls like Soumia, we can see the impact that Project Soar is having on the lives of girls in Morocco, and how the potential for sponsoring a Soar Girl can create a positive change worldwide.
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