Next Saturday, ADF team will run a stand in the French Insitute Open Day. A great occasion to meet us and discover our projects and IFASSEN ethical fashion items.
Mehdi Achour, ADF Director General in Morocco, Maud Laurencin, Development Manager and Elise Vanweydeveldt, Communications Manager, will be there from 10am to 6pm to tell you more about our green and ethical economy project in Eastern Morocco.
On this occasion, a collecting box will be installed to bring ADF’s craftswomen new discarded plastic bags!
Let’s meet in the French Institute (3 street Berkane, in Oujda) on the 5th of October 2013 !
The Association du Docteur Fatiha finishes the summer holidays on a high note, with 2 new awareness-raising actions this week.
One took part this very morning, in the Holidays Camp for teachers in Saidia. Sabah Ouali met about 50 people, from all ages, to present them our actions, and catch their attention on people’s look at waste.
Everybody enjoyed this morning of talkings, exchanges and games.
Tomorrow, ADF will be once again on the beaches around Moulouya’s mouth. Numerous families will be there, making the most of their last resting days.
In the next weeks, as soon as the children will be back to school, ADF will start this new year’s environmental education. Dedicated to children aged from 10 up to 12 years-old, new environmental-focused activities and games are to foresse ! New schools will join the program by the beginning of 2014.
Do not forget: ADF is looking for new volunteers who would like to spread the word about environmental issues and solutions. It can be either recurring or temporary. To join our dynamic team and attend to the September training, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning, the Association du Docteur Fatiha met 2M, the Moroccan national channel, while leading an awareness-raising campaign with children and young people.
You will soon see this report on TV, focusing on our activities with the summer camp in Tafoghalt. As soon as we know more about the exact broadcast time and day, we will tell you. [Sunday, 18th, evening news report]. So keep connected on our facebook page.
Two sensitization days were planned dedicated to the global waste issue.
This morning, Sabah Ouali presented our actions before the children to put on ADF’s tee-shirts and gloves to clean up the next wood. All in all, 1 200 liters of waste were collected !
91 children aged from 8 to 15
took part in our activities on the 16th and the 17th
The families of Tafoghalt and Berkane go quite often to Tafoghalt forests to have lunch. As a consequence, there were quite a lot to do! What was most picked up? Tuna tins, cans, milk bags, plastic bottles, even dippers, shoes, blankets and plastic bags of course !
ADF has got plenty of ideas to reuse garbage ; first plastic bags which can be turned into fashion accessories (www.ifassen.com), but we also transform plastic bottles into pencils holders, or juce cartons into wallets.
Tomorrow, the young Oujdis will make their own. A great opportunity for them to have a new look at “waste”.by
All the region’s inhabitants know the place : the Camel Cave. It’s the perfect place for a picnic, in the middle of the mountains.
In the core of the Beni Snassen uplands, the cave looks out over the valley of Oued Farrouj, tributary to Oued Zegzel. Considered as a haven of piece and of beauty for its quietness, its landscapes and its fruit trees, there nonetheless a cloud on the horizon : waste.
Now the summer has arrived, it became very difficult to find a small place spared by garbage and plastic waste.
Last 13th of June, ADF decided to act, in order to improve the situation. While explaining to people the importance of protecting nature and this very natural site, a cleaning campaign was led.
With Peace Corps and volunteers from the Youth Center el Majd, from Berkane, the cleaning was efficient. All in all, 18 100-liters bags were filled with garbage. The wonderful site is now free from them. It can now go on being an unavoidable place for leisure in the region.
Thanks to the whole team for this great job !
ADF is proud to annonce you the creation of a fund to cover the scolarship fees of our crafstwomen’s children.
Thanks to the great help from a Moroccan living abroad, who does not wish to be quoted, the association will fund the fees related to the scolarship of 10 children. In 2013, 3 boys and 7 girls will also benefit from this fund. The administrative costs linked to their scolarship, the supplies and required outfits will be paid by ADF. Visual examination and glasses fees were also taken into account for Amina Tarifit, 9 years-old to attend her lessons in the best conditions.
This action falls within ADF wish to support education. Recently, thanks to the gifts made by printers and supplies sellers, ADF could deal notebooks and pens to the pupils of Chouihiya school that needed most.
Thank you all ! Without you, none of those actions would be possible.by
In may 2013, ADF set up in Berkane a cartoon workshop, focusing on the plastic bags issue. 17 young people could take part in this chance to give their impression on the environmental situation of their hometown.
1st session: contextualization
Emmanuelle Pannetier, Environmental Education Manager for ADF and Elise Vanweydeveldt, Communications Manager, went to Ibn Rochd Secondary School to meet the budding artists, aged 5 to 13.
The young people learnt how much time it took for a plastic bag to desintegrate into the soil. After having talked about the association’s solution to plastic pollution, the debate could begin.
2nd session: let’s draw!
Jean-Michel Vanweydeveldt, graphic designer and cartoonist in the North of France, hosted the workshop. He is used to that: he organized some with schools and specialized centers in his region. But Morocco was a first.
The kids began to imagine a scenario. If the theme was set (plastic pollution), they did not lack ideas to turn it their way.
Their plot: a plastic monster attacks Berkane, the Clementine’s capital! They choose to make ADF intervene and help them struggle against the giant. The first sketches were drawn during this 2.5 hours session. How to draw a plastic bag monster? And a city? Not very easy at first sight…
3rd session: drawing techniques and hard working
The cartoonist had worked on his side, to gather the kids’ ideas into a 2-pages cartoon. The young people then had to realize the final drawings.
First with a drawing pencil, then with a thin black felt pen, they had lots to do! The bullets were not filled: the texts was added on computer, so that we could have both an Arabic and French version.
4th session: coloring plastic bags
The last session took part without the cartoonist, who had come back to his grey France. The young Moroccans added the color to their drawings on computer. It was not easy to agree on which color to choose on the 4 different parts of the cartoon!
All in all, 10 hours were necessary to create those 2 pages. But the result is worth it.
Thanks to everyone for this special workshop!by
Yesterday, in Al Massira school, in Berkane. The collecting box for plastic bags is really full !by
This week-end, to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, ADF invited children to observe Berkane’s white storks.
An important group has chosen to settle in the core of the city, to build its nests and raise its babies. The association APROCIB, chaired by Mr Chemlali organized this event together with ADF. 5 children from eco-families wanted to join. 7 others who were just passing-by also stopped, together with grown-ups attracted by the formed group. Equiped with binoculars, they could observe the storks, busy to feed their new-borns. Indeed, there’s work to do: a baby-stork remain about 2 months in the nest, and need about 5 000 mice to grow up !
Thanks to its geographical situation, Morocco shelters 2 white stork populations:
- A wintering ont coming from Europe, via Gibraltar strait
- A breeding population, from Africa, whose evolution is alarming
Men and their activities put more and more at risk those places, directly or not. It becomes urgent to protect the natural spaces that storks choose to make a break in their long journey. Their survival depends on how we manage to protect every stop on their path, which provide them with food, rest and nests.
They are families of Berkane who decided to contribute actively to our activities. They collect plastic bags at home and from acquaintances for our craftswomen to get the required materials to produce fashion accessories.
Today, ADF already collects plastic bags in 6 schools of the region, in several dry-cleaners and drugstores, and in more than 10 eco-families. We are actually working on the strenghening of our collecting network. New schools and dry-cleaners will be joining the network by the end of June.
Collecting plastic bags is fundamental for ADF to provide carftswomen with the raw material they nee. ADF bring them the bags, once cleaned in its offices of the 81 rue Zehroun.
You’re from Berkane and also want to bring us plastic bags? Here are the collecting spots or come to visit our offices !by
It’s time to take stock on ADF’s activities for the past few years.
This represents more than 100 rural women
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You’re living in Berkane or its surroundings and you want to be part of the cleaning-up of your region? Collect and bring your used plastic bags to our collecting spots (you can see the list below). Feel welcome to step-by at our offices ; we’ll be honored to show you what we are doing with your colored plastic bags !
1. Schools :
- Schools in Berkane : Moulouya, Al Massira, Ibn Zaydoun, Imam Chatibi, Salmane el Farissi
- Primary school in Chouihiya
2. Drugstores :
- Ouartass, Bachir, Rigad
3. Dry-cleaners :
- Moulouya, Andalous, Alif Lam, El Wafae
Collecting plastic bags is very fundamental for us to provide the women with raw materials. ADF cleans them and bring them to our craftswomen.
Thanks a lot !
On the 21st of March, to celebrate the International Day of Forests, the Association du Docteur Fatiha went to Chouihiya for a tree-planting
In Chouihiya, the schoolyard is rather barren. Children don’t have so many shadow to protect them from the Moroccan sun. ADF decided to solve the problem.
18 olive trees ware planted in the schoolyard, with the children’s help
About 40 pupils helped us planting the young trees. Dispatched into small groups, they could take care of one tree fro A to Z.
For the cildren to better understand and take care of trees
This action took place in the framework of a larger awareness-raising campaign, that ADF leads in Eastern Morocco. Every month, our team visit 6 schools of the region to talk about environmental issues. Last month, it was about recycling. This time, Emmanuelle Pannetier, Project Manager, and Sabah Ouali, Local Coordinator, wanted to focus on forests. What can a tree be used for? What is it composed of? The motto was : a better comprehension for a better protection.
The Association du Docteur Fatiha wants to thank Chouihiya’s teachers and principal for their help, as well as el Wafae nursery, in Zaio, who gave us the young trees.
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It is essential for ADF to involve new generations in the protection of their environment. As tomorrow’s adults and actors, they should know more about the impacts of people on nature and how to guard it against deteriorations.
This is why the Association du Docteur Fatiha built meaningful partnerships with schools in Berkane and Chouihiya, both located in Eastern Morocco.
Emmanuelle Pannetier, in charge of the sensitization project here, on the field, and Sabah Ouali, local coordinator, met almost 700 children this month. Each intervention lasts at least 1.30 hours. On the menu : go into more depth on environmental pollution and the risks which are related to it, as well as detail simple gestures to preserve nature.
All those interventions went well : the pupils are always curious and willing to learn more about environmental protection. They will meet our team for other workshops organized in the following months. The next encounter will happen at the end of March, for a recycling activity. Nothing is more fundamental than involving children into the learning process, for them to better understand the impact of their gestures on their daily-life and environment.
A quote to illustrate our approach : “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
Know more : ADF also set up cleaning campaigns in Berkane’s schools. See the post.
During 2012, Marion Deballon, our local director, and Sabah Ouali, our local coordinator, made interventions in primary schools, like Imame Chatibi and Ibn Zaydoun, or in secondary schools, like Collège Al Qods.
Their purpose: raise awareness among the children and inspire them to protect their environment.
ADF is back in schools to reinforce its environment education. And it is made via games ! Next Tuesday (18th December 2012), they will be 48 pupils to take part in a cleaning campaign of their school.
After a presentation of our activities in Berkane, ADF teams and the children will clean the school, equiped with tee-shirts and gloves.
Every month, ADF’s team will organize activities in Berkane schools (recycling workshops, cleaning campaigns…) for children aged between 9 and 10.
By the end of the year they should have a better understanding of the connections between environmental protection and their quality of life. In Berkane, notably in “Douar el mika” (the plastic bags neighborhood), waste management is a very sensitive issue. It is thanks to the new generations that the situation may evolve in the future.
Those actions are incorporated with the framework of a larger objective : support sustainable development policies and projects, and back up women’s work, for them to improve their living conditions.
The Association du Docteur Fatiha has been acting since 2008 in Eastern Morocco to favor :
- environmental protection : recycling, waste collecting (especially plastic bags), awareness-raising campaigns ;
- women’s empowerment thanks to income-generating activities, crafts and literacy campaigns.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact Emmanuelle Pannetier, in charge of this project for ADF.
Tél : +212 5 36 23 17 40
GSM : +212 6 15 66 99 52by