EVENT DATE: Oct 14, 2017
We are so happy that so many friends and family will be celebrating with us in Marrakech! We understand that it is a big commitment and we truly mean it when we say that your presence is present enough for us! Many people have asked us though about registries and given that we are in our 30's already and have all the plates/spoons/wine glasses we could ever need we thought it would be better to raise money for charity instead. In Project Soar we believe we have found a charity committed to a cause very close to our hearts.
Project Soar's mission is simple: to empower Moroccan adolescent girls to continue their education by providing after-school academic support, as well as life skills and leadership coaching. Project Soar works to keep girls in school and to prepare them for more productive, fulfilled futures.
Although education is obligatory in Morocco until age 16, socio-economic barriers often get in the way of making education equal and accessible for girls. Public schools in Morocco lack resources and still suffer from gender disparity. According to the World Bank, in 2012 the net enrollment rate in lower secondary school was 79% for boys in urban areas but only 26% for girls in rural areas. When girls drop out of school, they become vulnerable to early marriage and early motherhood. Of concern, the rate of girl marriages in Morocco is increasing, not decreasing.
Project Soar provides critical after-school programming intended to help adolescent girls (especially those in semi-rural and rural areas) to develop a strong sense of self and increase their chances of academic success. Project Soar activities are led by qualified instructors and comprise a range of activities. Academic support includes tutoring in key subjects, as well as high school entry exam preparation. The Project Soar headquarters offers a supportive and safe place for girls to do their homework during the week.
Additionally, Project Soar offers a wide range of non-academic activities aimed at empowering girls. Our athletics program introduces girls to a diverse set of sports, and our health classes cover an array of topics essential for adolescent girls. We also provide Project Soar girls with innovative period kits to help manage their menstruation. To spark creativity, we hold art classes throughout the year, and organize field trips to be expose girls to new ideas and experiences. Summers are devoted to a series of week long activities that build girls empowerment from different angles. All these activities combine to support the overall well-being of adolescent girls.
Only girls who stay in school can participate in Project Soar – every girl takes the Project Soar Pledge, affirming her commitment to do so.