New York - Morocco World News nominated the Kenitra-based association Asdikaa Al Khier (friends for the common good) Moroccan NGO of the year.
New York – Morocco World News nominated the Kenitra-based association Asdikaa Al Khier (friends for the common good) Moroccan NGO of the year.
It is commonplace nowadays to use the term civil society to reference ordinary citizens who are not policy-makers. There is a pervasive emancipation of civil society in a wide array of fields ranging from sustainable development to human rights. In Morocco, the associative work has thrived considerably.
Citizens and especially youth are becoming the engine of unprecedented changes. Pierre Vermeren, a French historian specializing in Mahgrebien society, points out that the accession of Mohamed VI in 1999 opened the way for streamlining the process of forming NGOs and for greater intellectual openness in Moroccans.
There has been considerable growth in the number of organizations working to empower disadvantaged segments of society like women, children, and those with special needs. Civil associations are paramount to overcoming social ills like poverty, a plague that the government cannot eradicate totally. There is a symbiotic relation between the government and civil associations. NGOs help to reduce the government’s burden, particularly in the responsibilities in the social sector. On the other hand, a large number of associations can benefit from government subsidies beyond just legal support.
Founded only a year ago by a group of young Moroccans form Kenitra and headed by Ilham Sraidi, a young graduate student, and funded only through the donations of its members and philanthropists, the organization Asdikaa Al Kheir serves the community’s interests. It has launched over 15 humanitarian and social projects since it was established in November 2011 The first project of the association was directed to nursing homes by offering clothes and food to senile people who live in isolation, abandoned by their relative.
The organization’s second project, which was launched on January 5, targeted the Dar Lakbira, a center for abandoned children. The children were offered warm clothes. They also enjoyed a show organized by Asdikaa Al Kheir. The third initiative, which took place on January 14, was unprecedented. The children were invited for a collective meal in the fast food restaurant McDonalds. They shared lunch surrounded by the warmth of fellowship and love. The fourth project held in Douar Wlad Mbark on February 4, 2012 aimed to benefit special needs people. Those in need were given food and blankets previously donated by philanthropists across Morocco.
During the month of Ramada, the association distributed daily meals to residents of nursing homes in Kenitra. It also organizes charity days for indigent school children and provides them with the tools they need to pursue their studies.
Asdikaa Al Kheir narrowed the scope of its social actions to marginalized populations living on the outskirts of Kenitra. The organization is a harbinger of social activism led exclusively by youth and Asdikaa Al Kheir could serve as a role model for young Moroccans willing to contribute to spreading social justice in their country.