Students, together with CSOs has agreed on the priority project of building a community center in Mohammedia. To do so, they have two options. The first is to gain access to a center that was built and completed in 1995 and then immediately closed and never used, or to request for the governor of the province to identify land to build a new community center. The associations and students have opted for the first opion, to gain access to that empty sitting structure, and toward that end, letters are currently being drafted to the governor, the Wali, the Minister of Youth, Sports, and also the communal council's president and assembly members. Student and CSO leaders will meet with the communal council at the commune office in the next couple weeks. After yesterday's meeting, the students contacted the delegue of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who voiced his full support of the development of this strategy.
This is no small project, and likely, it will be the first of many. A community center would change the meaning of community for the better in Mohammedia. It would be a place of saftey for sub-Saharan African community members who often feel they are targets for violence, it would be a place for youth to come together and play sports and study, it would be a place for associations to meet and to develop further strategies. This is the goal, and our task now is how to get there.
Particapatory methods exist precisely to define architectural and structural projects for a community. These are the techniques that will be used by HAF team leaders to design the building.
What we need now is support to make this project real. We hope this will come from the governor, and from those people in Morocco and around the world who have benefited from a community center and want others to share these benefits. Please donate to support this project, which will change the course of community for youth and adults alike in Mohammedia for years to come.
The conversation never stops - so we look forward to updating you on our progress soon.
Thanks as always for your support, and check out our photos to see this process in action!
The HAF & Mohammedia Team
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