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Dental Mavericks

The Dental Mavericks returned to the Rif in October 2014 and visited the villages of Akchour and Khizana over four jammed packed days.   During this time the Mavs managed to treat over 340 kids ridding them of daily dental pain.   Upon each visit, the members of this wonderful organisation are endlessly surprised at the poor condition of the children’s teeth and the bravery of the children enduring daily pain with very little complaint.   Whilst in Khizana, the Mavs introduced their “Teeth for Life” programme which will assist the local community in taking better care of their teeth in a sustainable ongoing project.   Great work Dental Mavericks once again…massive well done and THANK YOU!!   The Mavs will be back in the Rif in September 2015 joining RifCom in a combined project.  For further info on the Mavs please go to: http://www.dentalmavericks.org/

 

Dental Maverick

Education & Vocational Training Program

Education & Vocational Training Program at Kliaa & Izarhan educationandvocationaltrainingIn November 2013 RifCom partnered with Fondation Zakoura Education and Fondation D’Entreprise Society Generale Pour la Solidarite (via SG Hambros Bank (Gibraltar) Limited), to launch an integrated programme encompassing education and vocational training for the youngsters of Kliaa & Izarhan, deep in the heart of the Rif Mountains.
The project is divided into three elements and is aimed at assisting the youth of these villages to create a better future for themselves.   image1The first element of this project is a preschool facility catering for approximately 25 children between the ages of 4 and 6. Very few preschools exist in the rural areas of the Rif and this facility prepares the infants for entry into primary school and allows them to “hit the ground running” when they start their formal education. Pre-schools have proven essential in preparing youngsters for their educational life ahead and ensuring better focus and attendance in those first crucial years of learning.
    image2The second part of this integrated project is a tutorial support programme for approximately 100 children of primary school age, who currently attend the local state-run school. The programme, in collaboration with the Ministry for Education, will provide additional assistance and support for those students falling behind due to learning disabilities and absence. The syllabus is designed to integrate with the state-run educational system offering those struggling students an opportunity to reach their full potential.
image3The final part of this programme provides vocational training in electrical studies and dressmaking for the youth of the villages. 50 young adults are being taught skills to allow them to enter the local workforce in nearby Chefchaouen or alternatively allow them to set up their own initiatives. Most of these young adults will not have received a secondary education as the secondary schools are too far. Most will have ceased their studies around the age of 12 years, leaving them with few options such as low paid agricultural work. The programme also offers classes in Maths, Arabic and Environmental Studies, to increase the teenagers’ employment opportunities.
  Our Partners in this project   sponsorFondation Zakoura Education is a Moroccan NGO operating from Casablanca, which receives funding via corporate and private sponsorship and has been successfully initiating educational and vocational programmes in rural Morocco for over 18 years.  
  sponsor2Fondation D’Entreprise Societe Generale Pour la Solidarite is part of the Societe Generale Group and strives to assist youth employability, literacy and professional integration and is supported by SG Hambros Bank (Gibraltar) Limited.

Bab Berred

Toilet Renovation Project at high school in Bab Berred

April 2014 saw the completion of the renovation of the toilet block at Lycee Abdelkarim al Khattabi (high school) in rural Bab Berred. The toilet block was in such poor condition with no running water or cubicle doors that the 800+ students refused to use them. After a plea for help from Ahmed Sayar the headmaster at the school, RifCom was eager to help out with refurbishing the run down essential facilities. RifCom in conjunction with the school’s Parents’ Association and the Students’ Association gave the amenities a full make over including repairing the electrics, connecting running water, installing water heaters and cubicle doors and giving the whole block a good scrub and a new coat of paint. It was agreed that a full time toilet attendant be employed to maintain the toilets, keeping them clean and safe from vandalism. The Students’ Association also undertook a program to educate the students in looking after their newly renovated toilets (and the school in general). The following before and after pictures highlight the desperate need for this project. Before
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Water Project

The water project at the high school was completed in November 2013, ensuring the school now receives a constant supply of fresh running water. The well, the only source of water at the school, had run dry and was threatening temporary closure of the school’s boarding house.   This catastrophe would have prevented many students attending school for an indefinite period had the headmaster Ahmed Sayar, not requested RifCom’s help.  In collaboration with the school’s parents association, RifCom quickly assisted in deepening the well, refurbishing and tiling the water storage reservoir and installing a new water tank at the boarding house site, thus guaranteeing the school and boarding house a constant supply of fresh water.
Refurbishing the water storage reservoir

Refurbishing the water storage reservoir

Water storage tank installed on Girls’ Boarding House

Water storage tank installed on Girls’ Boarding House

Deepening the well

Deepening the well

Fixing the industrial cooker

Fixing the industrial cooker

In addition, the industrial kitchen cooker which services over 200 boarding students, was unusable with most of the elements not working. After witnessing the cooks struggling to provide hot meals for the children on small camping stoves, the RifCom team stepped in to fund the repairs of the old cooker much to the gratitude of the cooks.
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During the same trip, RifCom also purchased economy light-bulbs & fittings for the school’s boarding houses – plus gardening equipment and cleaning supplies for a future student project to clean up and beautify the school.

Association Ras el Maa

Association Ras el Maa Multi-Purpose Centre In early December 2014, the RifCom team visited the multi-purpose community centre run by Association Ras el Maa, in the medina of Chefchaouen.   RifCom had recently made a donation to the Association consisting of 30 classroom tables, 30 classroom chairs, 1 storage cupboard, 2 whiteboards, a computer and 4 visitor’s chairs.  In addition, an abundance of school stationery and equipment was also donated by Rotary Interact of Aloha College, Marbella (via RifCom).   By way of thanks, Association Ras el Maa presented RifCom with a beautiful gift (see photo’s below) and an invitation to lunch, which was very much enjoyed by the team. The multi-purpose community centre provides the poor community of Ras el Maa with a kindergarten, extra classes for school children and also adult classes.   In addition, the centre offers its premises for functions and celebrations for families who cannot afford to hire premises elsewhere.  This is a great example of a community helping itself with dedicated volunteers and is well worth RifCom’s support.  
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Khizana School Enhancement Project

Khizana School Enhancement Project – Phase I & Phase II Phase II of the Khizana School Enhancement Project was completed in October 2014.   This phase included the construction of a teachers’ accommodation block to house six teachers, to renovate the play area at the rear of the school and to build a boundary wall.   The project was sponsored by RifCom, the Association of Khizana and the borough council of Bab Taza.   Phase I included the renovation of the front play area of the school and a boundary wall.   Excellent job, well done to all involved!! To follow are some before and after shots to highlight the great need for this project and the difference it will make to the students and teachers alike!!  
The old teachers’ accommodation block!!

The old teachers’ accommodation block!!

The NEW teachers’ accommodation block!!

The NEW teachers’ accommodation block!!

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Inside the new teachers’ accommodation block which will house 6 teachers !!

The play area at the back of the school BEFORE

The play area at the back of the school BEFORE

The play area at the back of the school AFTER

The play area at the back of the school AFTER

The play area at the back of the school AFTER

The play area at the back of the school AFTER

The play area at the back of the school AFTER

The play area at the back of the school AFTER

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The steps from the classrooms and outdoor play areas at the school are now safe for the children to use!!!

Phase I – completed in May 2012
The play area at the front of the school BEFORE

The play area at the front of the school BEFORE

The play area at the front of the school AFTER

The play area at the front of the school AFTER

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