GDF is restoring the underused grounds of the Lalla Aouda Saadia girls' high school to provide food and ornamental gardens, while teaching about environmental stewardship and Marrakech's cultural heritage. By popular demand, we are expanding our efforts to include other schools in the Marrakech medina.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Garden culture is an important aspect of life in Marrakech, one of the first 'garden cities' in the world, and is just as important to the education of the city's youth as arithmetic or Arabic. Due to a lack of resources, faculty and staff of schools in Marrakech and its environs are unable to repair property damage or address hygiene issues created by accumulated litter, resulting in a learning environment ill-suited for students to realize their full potential - both as scholars and citizens.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide the material resources needed to rehabilitate school grounds with gardens and create a vibrant learning environment. The gardens will be a place of recreation, a source of nutritious organic produce for the students, and a badge of pride for the schools. Drawing on rural and urban farming traditions, the project will allow students to learn about horticulture while creating school gardens that exemplify the garden culture of Marrakech.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will provide a healthy space for 1300 girls to gain an education about the natural world and themselves, instilling the values of personal responsibility toward the environment and inspiring pride in the cultural traditions of Marrakech.
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,621
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $379
Total Funding Goal: $15,000