Where it began
It all began in the winter of 2005, when my husband and I were teachers in Casablanca. We went with a group of students and teachers on a field trip to the Ait Bouguemez valley in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, a hard to reach area with harsh geographic and socioeconomic realities. We were moved by the sight of the many daily struggles that both students and teachers in these villages faced. Mountainous terrain combined with the lack of even the most basic infrastructure contributed to a very high level of poverty. These challenges directly impacted the children’s access to education. As a result, many rural children embark on life with a minimal education, placing them at a disadvantage in our rapidly changing world.
The Birth of Amis Des Ecoles
We travelled back to Casablanca with a firm conviction and a strong motivation to bring change within our limited personal means. We were motivated with a sense of goodwill and charged activism. Little by little we managed to engage a selfless group of volunteers, motivated companies and individuals to donate resources to our cause. Thus, began the collection of the necessary funds to launch the association’s very first project, a school renovation.
Since 2006, Amis Des Écoles has renovated 380 classrooms, installed 420 toilets, built 152 water fountains, planted 8,736 trees, supplied 30 libraries, distributed 26,000 books and we are just getting started. With your continued support, we can continue to make an impact and realize our dream of expanding into new regions, many of which have a poverty levels of over 80%. There is much work to be done, but when our goals and values align with our donors and corporate partners, amazing things can happen!
Our mission and values
Our mission is to promote the dignity, equality, and respect for all, especially for school children and women in remote rural Morocco.
Our values drive everything we do.
- Gender Equality
- Equal Access to Opportunities
- Tolerance & Solidarity
- Community Engagement