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Impact Areas

Child Education
Education is one of the most pressing social issues in Morocco, with an illiteracy rate of 40% in people over the age of 15. Particularly in rural, mountainous areas like Azrou, children are often taken out of school at a young age to help support their families in farming and herding activities. At preschools in particular, government support does not exist, and teachers receive no training. In these rural schools, with poor infrastructure and a low number of teachers, volunteers are essential to providing early engaging activities and varied to support the individual academic potential of each student, and provide critical capacity to ensure students don't fall behind.

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Child Health
Healthcare in Morocco is not equal due to the high costs of services. Only one third of the population is insured and many wait until they are in desperate need to seek out services. CCS volunteers support the public health needs of students, including WASH, vision, and dental projects for children and families. With sanitation facilities in many schools in disrepair, and with the cost of glasses out of reach for many families, your group public health project in Morocco will have long-term impacts on the health, safety, and educational outcomes of young students.

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Morocco is a cup of mint tea, poured from above and shared between friends. Morocco is the sound of the call to prayer five times a day and the smell of sizzling food, well-spiced and cooking in a tagine. Morocco is a medina, hundreds of swirling narrow streets, filled with anything that any person might ever need or want to buy. Moroccans take pride in meeting travelers, sharing their culture and learning about others. The diversity of landscape in Morocco is incredible from the sands of the Sahara desert, to the coastline of fishermen, to the towering Atlas Mountains, where CCS volunteers will find themselves making an impact while learning and living among traditional Amazigh cultures.

FACT SHEET

Population Below Poverty Line
4 Million
Human Development Index Ranking
126 / 188 countries
Average Schooling for Girls
4.4 years
Maternal Mortality Rate
120 / 100,000
Voices from the Community
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"We want to support our families, but we don't always have the necessary skills to do so, and this continues the cycle of poverty in our community."

"Over the past few years, women have received encouragement from the government to form associations and cooperatives to make it easier for them to earn an income. But they cannot do it by themselves; the need outside support in order to improve their output."

"Women would like lessons in networking, marketing, language learning, team-building, and handicrafts, but also more personal focused assistance such as family planning, hygiene education, and–most importantly–encouragement and inspiration!"

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Your Azrou Staff

MOHAMED MHMMOUDI, COUNTRY PRESIDENT
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I fight for the education of vulnerable women, children, and those with developmental disabilities to combat illiteracy and increase opportunities to continue formal schooling.

Growing up in a rural village of Morocco where many children didn’t have the opportunity to attend school, I see myself in many of the children volunteers work with. Very close to home, my mother is also illiterate; and I have seen the impacts of illiteracy on early mortality rates, high fecundity, malnutrition, and high infant mortality. Literacy and education is a key social issue in Morocco to improve the lives and futures of women and children. I was fortunate to earn a degree in Economics & Management and continued my work toward improving my community through the Peace Corps as the Safety & Security Manager, coming full circle from a turning point in my life after meeting a Peace Corps volunteer as a teenager.

I am proud to serve as a humanitarian and educator to promote peace and understanding across a broad range of cultures. As an international leader, my work with volunteers and with my community inspires me to do my part to create a world where every child has the opportunity to pursue an education, and to receive the compassion and love they deserve.

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