By Fouzia Toury
By Fouzia Toury
Morocco World News
Casablanca, January 08, 2013
Friendship, youth and doing good actions are basic values of our Facebook group, Jeunes Carritatifs. We used to belong to other associations, but the old and traditional methods as well as the obscure maneuvers make us decide to make our own group. I don’t want to blame anyone, but there are still dark spirits who are so selfish and like to take what is not their own. This is why we have come up with our group Jeunes Carritatifs.
The group’s objectives are to make people happy, encourage help and give support to those who are in need. Our first action started on the occasion of Eid lakebir 2012. We decided to look for poor families and give them the sheep so as to celebrate Eid Lakebir. Our goal was not only to let them have the sacrifice rams, but also to draw smiles on the faces of their children. Our target focused on the ghettoes of the big city of Casablanca. We are really still so chocked to discover how poverty has deeply nested in our community and that there is so much to be done. That was our first step to reach the final line of the mile. May God help us!
We also visited children who unfortunately suffer from cancer on the Al Ashoura occasion at Ibn Ruchd Hospital. They were so happy by the gifts, toys and books we offered them. Hugging those children and making them smile was a big push for us to continue our work and to make a difference in our country.
We also visited the Nassim Nursing Home. This visit was a precious occasion for us to know the sufferings of old people in Casablanca. Their world made us wonder about the shocking change of our cultural values of taking care of the old people. Unfortunately, the modern world, poverty, selfishness and our lust for money make some people throw their own old fellows in these houses, facing their destiny of loneliness, pain and neglect.
Our visit to these people was sparkled by lightening moments of love, tenderness and gratitude. I still remember how Mi Aicha (mother Aisha) whispered to my ears, “Don’t forget us and keep visiting us.” And how Mi Khadouj (mother Khadouj) did not stop dancing and singing with us despite her old age. Some friends of the group were so emotionally touched and shed tears when they realized how a small visit and a smile can change someone’s world.
Those precious moments with those dearest old people made us decide to strengthen our bonds of friendship with them and keep visiting them whenever we have the chance. We additionally have that strong intrinsic drive to go on doing good actions. This is why we have planned to gather clothes for the poor. Our future action in these cold days is to look for a small village in a rural area and offer them clothes, since they really need warmth and care. A member also pointed out that Ouled Zian bus station in Casablanca is a remarkable target of homeless people who really need those cloches.
Jeunes Caritatifs group is still a little baby in the experience of doing good actions. Our aims are to strengthen our friendship, to make people smile, to seed trees of hopes and rainbows of dreams that tomorrow is another day in our beloved country, Morocco.
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