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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

Benizid School Build February 2015

Benizayed School Build image001 The RifCom team are very excited to announce that works commenced at the end of February 2015 to build a new primary school at Benizayed (also spelt Benizid) near Bab Taza.  The existing school which services 120 students, is literally falling down around the ears of the students and is an unsafe place for these young children to learn.   So, with our local partners (the Department of Education Chefchaouen, the Borough Council of Bab Taza, the Association of Benizayed, the Women’s Association of Benizayed, the Architect and the Construction company) a Project Agreement was signed to build a brand new 4 classroom school in a prime location situated at the entrance to the village.  RifCom is proud to unite these parties who will each contribute in some way to create a true community project benefitting generations of students for years to come.  

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A special mention to all our 2013 & 2014 challenge fundraisers which without their fantastic contributions this project would not have been possible…too many to mention but ENORMOUS THANKS to you all!!

Building of new school at Benizid progresses well – September 2015

Building of new school at Benizid progresses well – September 2015

The school build at Benizid is advancing well, the progress is shown below….
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In the beginning….reviewing the site November 2014

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The work begins in February 2015

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RifCom’s first visit in March 2015

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 Ground floor done – April visit 2015

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Second floor done – May visit 2015

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Getting there – July visit 2015

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All painted – September visit 2015

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