What started as a bootstrapping community initiative in 2010 to help a handful of children afterschool in a local mud house in my grandmother’s village, gradually became 8 years later a 140 m2 community center on a 2 hectare piece of land turned into a beautiful educational garden, with three permanent staff members offering pre-school and after school tutoring and gardening activities to 70 students aged 3 to 14.
The “Fondation d’Entreprise Hermes’ ” three-year fellowship funded the transfer of know how’s and skills to local men and women, propelling us to another level.
8 years of hard work, living on site, and a will to invest all I have in a better world for the least privileged. A world where a poor village can transform itself and dream of competing with the urban world in the potential it offers to its children and youth.
With the success and growth of its pilot project, Ouazzaniyat implanted its first building stone in setting the 4 elements of the most basic societal system (Center / knowledge, land, community, voluntourists) in harmony for building sustainable growth.
The road ahead is still long, but ever more exciting.
Ouazzaniyat now aims to sustain the project, expand and enhance it to become financially self-sustaining, and transfer the model to other villages in the Ouazzane province.