By Sanae Elgourari
By Sanae Elgourari
Morocco World News
Fez, May 30, 2012
JCI Fez, Junior Chamber International, inaugurated on May 26th, 2012 its first project of sustainable development for the Child Protection Center of Girls in Ziat, Fez.
After very rigid work that lasted about 2 months, JCI Fez members as well as volunteers from various occupations succeeded in completing the renovation of the Ziat center. The renovation included the creation of a garden through planting trees and flowers, and also painting and drawing on the interior walls of the center. In addition to the renovation, the organization included in its program coaching activities about “Personal Development” for the girls.
According to a social assistant in the center, “the environment of the center becomes perfectly different and inspirational. After being engaged with JCI members in most of the activities, the majority of the girls become psychologically calm and they start forgetting that they are in a prison and this is, of course, thanks to the topics of coaching”, the assistant added.
Funding the project was one of the obstacles that faced the members from the very beginning. They all looked for various possibilities to obtain whatever amount of money in order to buy the supplies needed.
Redwane Aaouine, a painter and a calligrapher, confirmed, “we have changed the center with our enduring passion and with the belief in the social work too. We have started with 400 MAD in a box of solidarity until we have reached 20,000 MAD.” “But, from my point of view it is not a matter of budget as it is a question of a sense of solidarity and mainly the belief in the positive change that we should all sensitize people to,” Aaouine stated.
Meryem Khalifa, JCI Fez President, avowed, “The aims behind this renovation are the creation of a green space for girls as well the creation of new alternatives. JCI Fez is looking for applying the idea of greenhouses in the garden that will create in the future financial resources for the girls of the center. Indeed, the idea will help them learn about agriculture too,” Khalifa added.
During these 2 months, the project of Ziat was followed and supported chiefly by the Inspired Generation program whose founder, Christopher Dossarps, who attended the inauguration party. The main interest of this program is sustainable development.
Many other guests attended the party too, among them JCI Casa Impact, leaders of other associations and some highly effective people who seek positive change. Media was present as well.
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