SOS Children's Villages Morocco (SOS Villages d'Enfants Maroc)

We are an independent, non-confessional and apolitical non governmental organization in the field of social development. We build families for children in need, we help them to shape their own future and we take part in the development of their communities.
Dec 15, 2014

September to December 2014 report

Children
Children's Rights Day workshop

It is a great pleasure to get back to you and give you news about the children and mothers you are sponsoring in the Family Strengthening program of Imzouren.

The start of the academic year is always a complicated time because it implies additional expenses for the families but thanks to your support and local community solidarity, school supplies, school bags and notebooks were given to more than 60 children of the project. This meant fewer expenses for the mothers of the Family Strengthening program, which were then able to celebrate Aid El Kebir according to the tradition, just as all Moroccan families, in a very festive yet simple atmosphere.

As you know, within the project we consider that children education is key in addition to training and literacy tuition for their mothers to lead them towards autonomy. That is why, last quarter, the spotlights were on monitoring school results and helping youths find their way into the academic and professional life.

  • At the beginning of the academic year, the Family Strengthening program mothers have met with Hermann Gmeiner SOS school teachers and our project coordinator has established a program to monitor children and youth school results.
  • Additionally, our project coordinator has set up an extra-tutoring program in order to fill gaps in pupil’s knowledge, mainly in mathematics and French. The aim is to strengthen their knowledge and prevent early school leave.
  • In November, SOS Children’s Village organized a national Youths Forum, to which Imzouren youths had the chance to attend. This event aimed at making the youths aware of the importance of education and professional training, in particular thanks to presentations from the Moroccan Students Foundation (which sponsors students following studies after getting the Baccalaureate certificate) and our partner DHL (which sponsors youths following professional training).
  • Locally, a course choice workshop was also organized for Imzouren’s youths but also for their mothers.  Indeed, the Family Strengthening program raised awareness of the importance of youths’ course choice among their mothers, since if these youths are successful, they will help supporting the family and leading it towards autonomy in the near future.

A healthy mind in a healthy body, children of the program also had the chance to join soccer and basketball clubs with JSI association.

Let me share some nice successful stories of Imzouren Family Strengthening program youths with you:

  • Thanks to last June course choice workshop, Youness, who had dropped school at the end of grade school, got a second chance: he is now following a professional training in aluminum work. This is a very dynamic sector in the new Imzouren and we bet this new start will lead Youness and his family towards a brighter future.
  • Siham successfully passed her baccalaureate certificate last year and, after long discussion within her family to fight conservative tradition, this determined young women finally won the debate and enrolled in Oujda’s University, to follow biology and geology classes. It is the first time Siham is living far from her mother and siblings, and this first steps towards her autonomy requires lots of strength and courage. We wish her success in her studies!
  • Youssef continues his universitary studies in Oujda to get an Arab private right license. This youth is following the right path towards autonomy: he passed the police competitive exam (we are still waiting for the results and crossing fingers), he also works as a referee and sport teacher to pay the rent and support his sister Fatema. This is a great responsibility for this serious youth, after the loss of his mother. Fatema has become the local celebrity. Imzouren community proudly encourages her: she is a middle school student at LAKHMISSAT Athletics Royal Institute and, thanks to her tenacity and dedication, she has won several national competitions. We wish all the best to these two youth!

In addition to Aid El Kebir, last quarter was filled with celebrations in Imzouren:

  • Achoura and “La marche verte” national days were celebrated in Imzouren SOS children’s village, with several activities: dance, songs, cultural challenge and other games. Lots of fun for everyone but also a bit of education about the Moroccan history!
  • For Children’s Rights Day, several activities were programmed in SOS children’s village in order to celebrate this very important day, raise awareness and stimulate the creativity of the Family Strengthening program children: drawing and writing workshops but also a role play and a great debate moderated by our program coordinator. This day was also the opportunity for Hermann Gmeiner SOS school pupils to set up a solidarity campaign and collect warm clothes to help families living in precarious conditions face the coming winter that promises to be harsh and cold.

Let me thank you again for your support, which helps us give these children and their mothers the best chances to get their autonomy!

Happy holidays to you and your families!

Course choice workshop in November
Course choice workshop in November
Raising children
Raising children's awareness of their rights
Children
Children's Rights Day drawing workshop
Achoura Day games in SOS children
Achoura Day games in SOS children's village
Achoura Day celebration
Achoura Day celebration
Sep 15, 2014

July to September 2014 Report

End of academic year party
End of academic year party

July to September 2014 Report – Keep 100 Moroccan Children away from abandonment.

We are happy to find you again, as September begins, to give you some news about the children and their mothers you are sponsoring in Imzouren.

Beginning of July was the occasion for the children to prepare a nice show for the end of the academic year! All of them participated with enthusiasm through plays, sketches, dances, choral and poetry. This show was also to raise awareness among the parents and the population about the environment and about the problems of unrespect of the children’s rights.

The school results this year in our Family Strengthening program in Imzouren were as follows: primary school 98%, college 50% and secondary school 50%. This decrease in the results while going from primary school to college follows the national results. However, we decided to intensify our efforts with the school support for the new academic year.

After a hard work during the past academic year, it was time for relaxing and playing! In that purpose, the children participated to different summer camps:

  • In Imouzzer Kandar where a summer camp was organized with the support of the National Education Ministry. The children were delighted to visit the touristic sites in the region and also to meet again with the educators and all their friends they had met in Ifrane last summer! They also participated to a cultural contest organized within the summer camp.
  • In Al Hoceima, where the children enjoyed the sparkling beaches, especially the one in Sfiha, and the numerous activities organized in the Village where a summer camp was animated by our pedagogic team thanks to the support of the Youths and Sports Ministry.

Some other children chose also to participate in the activities in the Village with a group of Spanish youths whose school is a partner of the Village.

While their children were benefiting from summer activities, their mothers had also some entertainment and some activities organized for them. Our partner méditel organized a ftour in the Village where the mothers and children from the Family Stengthening program were invited. Everyone enjoyed these moments of sharing when the children did a nice show along with some children supported by other local partner associations. This was a nice opportunity to enjoy the Ftour with the family and the friends in the Village! When Eid came, the children and mothers had also a great time and they received nice T-shirts and shorts as Eid gifts, that were very much appreciated.

The mothers also participated to some meetings where they got some information about the importance of tolerance and respecting the others, and to cultural activities organized by the women from the Oulamas. A solidarity event was organized also to the profit of the mothers and their children, who received some clothes from the National Aid.

Now in September, the children are waiting to start school again, full of energy that they goot during this summer!

We thank you again for your support to the children and their mothers who would never have the chance to get their autonomy without your generosity!

Summer outdoor activity
Summer outdoor activity
Summer indoor activity
Summer indoor activity
Partying after a hard work at school!
Partying after a hard work at school!
Jun 17, 2014

January to March 2014 Report

Computer lessons thanks to the Caravan AJI
Computer lessons thanks to the Caravan AJI

The last trimester was focused on the school follow-up of the children and youths towards the end of the academic year and the exams:

  • Our program coordinator visited all the schools in order to meet the teachers to establish a common strategy for an appropriate school support. Two teachers have been trained in order to take in charge the school support of the children. The youths in secondary school benefited from school support through the association of previous pupils of Imzouren high school.
  • The youths who need to choose this year an orientation participated in an orientation workshop in Imzouren with a team of professionals specialized in school orientation advice. The youths in vocational training have been doing some internships according to the field they study.
  • Thanks to our long-time partner Dell, the Caravan AJI, which aims to give access to technology to disadvantaged youths, visited us in Imzouren beginning of June. During 1 week, 12 youths benefited from computer lessons and 10 of them received a certificate from Dell at the end of the session!
  • Regarding sports, the association JSI keeps on supporting us with football and basketball activities for the children between 8 and 12 years old. To illustrate the partnership, an agreement was recently signed by both our National Director and the Director of JSI association.

As far as the preparation of the families to become autonomous is concerned, our program coordinator kept on establishing and following-up the Family Development Plans which aim to work towards the objective of autonomy. In that objective, the mothers have been participating, with the local authorities, to the General Meeting in order to create officially the 2 co-ops of soap manufacturing and cooking/baking,

The health of the mothers and their children is for us very important and the families benefited again from various checks-up thanks to the medical caravan organized by Sajid association. On that occasion, a solidarity campaign took place with the help of the children from Herman Gmeiner school and their parents.

Regarding the entertainment program this trimester, the children and their mothers supported by our family strengthening program have been celebrating the Family Day at the SOS Children’s Village in Imzouren together with the SOS families: cultural, artistic and sport activities, and also a tombola!

Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your continuous support to the children!

Certificate issued by DELL  given to the youths
Certificate issued by DELL given to the youths
Certificate issued by Dell to the youths
Certificate issued by Dell to the youths

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