The harsh winter of Morocco’s Central High Atlas Mountains is waning and
restoration of the igherm is now able to resume for the nest two and a
half months. Our goals for this period include completing the martoub
(exterior stucco finish), refurbishing the traditional wood and clay roofs
and rebuilding the six decorative towers. One week ago, the local
restoration crew began collecting soil for the martoub in preparation for
my arrival on March 31.
Mohammed Taiboosh, one of the restoration laborers and also a member of
igherm’s proprietary tribe, Ait Bin Ahmed, has three sons that will
benefit from the project.
“I am so happy and grateful for this project,” said Taiboosh, “it is going
to provide educational opportunities that have never before been available
in this region.”
Historically, the majority of the residents of Zawiya Ahansal are
illiterate, but Taiboosh has hope for his childrens’ generation and
believes the igherm project will help boost their positions in society and
“Literacy is the light for their future. Illiteracy is nothing but
At the end of April l will lead a group of project donors on a ten-day
excursion through Morocco. The trip is organized through Bella Treks LLC
and will include a four-day visit to Zawiya Ahansal and the project site.
The donors will meet with the people that will directly benefit from their
For the second year, the project has partnered with Montana State
University and will bring a group of students to Morocco for five weeks in
Morocco. The students will work with the community on the establishment
and design of the library, books stacks, computer room and coffee shop.
Cloe Medina Erickson, project manager