An update on your donation to the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund
By Allison Conroe | Associate, Disaster Response
Thank you—we cannot express enough gratitude for your generous and ongoing support of the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund. Your donation continues to aid the emergency response work of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners!
Since our initial grant round in September, GlobalGiving has made its second and third rounds of emergency grants to 11 vetted, community-based Moroccan partners—both current and new GlobalGiving partners—advancing life-saving work on the front lines of this ongoing earthquake response.
Five months after the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that devastated several provinces in the High Atlas Mountains and surrounding areas, rural and remote communities continue to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. While needs have remained dire during the onset of winter, vetted GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are bringing warmth and hope.
Here is a snapshot of some of the critical work your donation is already supporting:
Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association (MBLA)has been working in rural and remote communities in the High Atlas Mountains for over a decade to implement conservation efforts that aim to restore ecological balance, document and promote traditional conservation practices, and support sustainable agriculture-based rural economies. In partnership with GlobalGiving partner Global Diversity Foundation, MBLA is responding to immediate needs from the earthquake with the distribution of items like food, water, tents, toilets, heaters, and blankets, as well as building resilience in the community for long-term recovery and prevention. It is also helping to rebuild livelihoods in affected communities by working with farmers to restore destroyed irrigation and canals, supporting women’s small businesses in the area, and redeveloping agricultural terraces and social enterprises to rebuild economies in the affected area.
Al Mobadara is a Morocco-based organization working with women who have been widowed, children who have been orphaned, and individuals with disabilities to help alleviate poverty and increase their quality of life. In response to the earthquake, the organization is distributing tents, mattresses, food, winter items, and hygiene supplies to impacted communities. Al Mobarada also aims to rebuild orphanages for children who lost family during the earthquake, as well as to provide modular housing options for impacted communities to utilize during the winter months as they work toward the development of more permanent housing in the spring. In its day-to-day programs, the organization works across various activities such as education, healthcare, construction, and livelihood strengthening.
Amis de Ecoles has been working with local communities in Morocco to implement and facilitate access to trusted education programs since 2006. In response to the earthquake, the organization has been distributing winter items to affected communities and working to reconstruct schools that have been destroyed (in partnership with fellow GlobalGiving partners Movement on the Ground and Education for All) to help relocate children to sustainable, safe boarding houses and resume their studies. Further, the organization plans to install toilets, showers, and other sanitary infrastructure for impacted communities throughout the winter season. Amis des Ecoles emphasizes the use of sustainable, traditional, and natural materials to reconstruct eco-conscious schools and boarding houses.
Association BAHJA is a Marrakesh-based nonprofit organization established in 2016 that conducts healthcare and education programs within 11 towns in the surrounding Atlas region. After the earthquake, Association BAHJA has shifted efforts to collect and distribute donations of food, clothing, medication, blankets, and winter supplies to isolated, impacted communities in the High Atlas Mountains. Association BAHJA is providing mid- to long-term support through winter preparation, rebuilding small infrastructure such as bridges in affected communities, providing mobile healthcare, rebuilding classrooms, and distributing classroom equipment and school supplies to students.
The need remains enormous for communities across all affected areas in Morocco. Your support of the GlobalGiving Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund powers community-led responses, and it means people get the critical resources they need to help their community rebuild after the earthquake. You can find a full list of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners that have received grants so far from the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund at the end of this report.
Thank you again for your generous support. It will continue to make a difference for the people of Morocco in the critical weeks and months to come. We look forward to updating you again soon on the ongoing impact of your gift.
With immense gratitude,
Alli + the GlobalGiving Team
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An update on your donation to the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund
By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response
Photo: High Atlas Foundation
Thank you—we cannot express enough gratitude for your generous and swift support of the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund. Your donation is already aiding the emergency work of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners. GlobalGiving is making an initial round of emergency grants today to six vetted partners in Morocco advancing life-saving work on the front lines of earthquake response.
The situation remains dire. The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks devastated communities, towns, and villages in several provinces in and around the High Atlas Mountains. Rural and remote communities have been especially hard hit. Tragically, at least 2,900 people have been killed and thousands severely injured. Homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. And search and rescue efforts are sadly coming to an end. The full scale of loss is still unknown as information continues to come in, especially from hard-to-reach communities.
Amid this extensive tragedy, vetted GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are bringing hope. Here is a snapshot of some of the critical work your donation is already supporting:
Education for All Morocco is a trusted organization that has served girls from rural and remote areas of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains for 17 years. It runs six boarding houses that serve more than 250 girls per year. Tragically, all six boarding houses have been severely damaged or destroyed. Five out of the six now need to be demolished and rebuilt. The girls the organization serves have lost family members and entire villages to the earthquake. The organization is committed to providing direct aid and assistance to the girls and alumni of its programs and also rebuilding its boarding houses.
The High Atlas Foundation has supported communities in the High Atlas Mountains for more than 20 years in the areas of sustainable agriculture, education, human rights, and intercultural dialogue. Since the earthquake, the organization has been in direct contact with many of the communities it has served over the past two decades to get direct life-saving aid into their hands. It has already reached more than a dozen villages and served more than 1,000 families with emergency aid items and urgent medical assistance in Al Haouz, the hardest-hit province, and beyond.
Jood NGOis an organization with nearly 10 years of experience serving homeless community members in five cities across Morocco. Following the earthquake and aftershocks, the organization mobilized its trusted networks to get emergency relief items, including meals, blankets, tents, and mattresses, to places like Adassil, a town very close to the epicenter of the earthquake.
The need remains enormous for communities across all affected areas in Morocco. Our partners will remain hard at work during this tragic time—and so will we. We will continue to make additional rounds of emergency grants to our trusted partner community to meet critical needs. We will also share more updates with you via email as our partners continue to advance community-led disaster relief and recovery. You can find a full list of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners that have received grants so far from the Morocco Earthquake Relief Fund at the end of this report.
Thank you again for your generous support. It will continue to make a difference for the people of Morocco in the critical days, weeks, and months to come. We look forward to updating you again soon on the ongoing impact of your gift.
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