Help Moroccan Girls Leadership Club Build Community Library

For: Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Club of Settat, Morocco
Organizer: Dounia Qarid & Fatimaezzahra Zahraoui
$692
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 15 donors
69% Complete
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The Story

Salam wa alaikum! We are a group of young women in Settat, Morocco who want to make a difference in our own community. We believe that the best way to do this is to build a library at our youth center to encourage imagination and empowerment!

Morocco has an extremely low reading rate. On average, Moroccans read a quarter of a page a year (not counting schoolbooks or the Quran), compared to the American average of 11 books a year. The root of the problem is access. Our community is full of bright and curious minds, but we do not have any accessible libraries or affordable options. That's why we want to build a library!

Our Action Plan:

  • Create a library space in one of the youth center classrooms with shelves, as well as chairs and tables for studying. 
  • Ask bookstores in bigger cities nearby (Casablanca and Marrakech) to donate any damaged books they have in return for advertising their businesses. 
  • Solicit book donations from ANYWHERE, including community members, the university, nonprofits, etc. 
  • Create a library organization system.
  • Advertise the library among youth center students, local schools, and the English Access Program. 
  • Organize a library opening party to celebrate!

Although we want MOST of the investment to come from within our community, we understand the limitations of that because our community is under-resourced and very poor. We would love all the help we can get from anywhere in the world! A few dirhams can mean a little Moroccan girl will see herself represented on the page. A few dollars can mean a young student will see the world opened up to them through the magic of reading. 

What are we fundraising for?
  • BOOKS, of course! In English, French, and Arabic. Moreover, we are specifically looking for diverse, inclusive, representational books. Especially books that can empower young Moroccan girls! Our wish list includes: I Am Malala, Fatima Mernissi books, Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World, Ms. Marvel comic books, Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, and Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum (plus way more!)
  • Shelves and comfy cheap chairs. 
  • Shipping costs for books to be donated from nonprofits. 

In case you are interested, our other 2016 Projects include:

  • Hosting a Ramadan Breakfast for the less fortunate in the community during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Leading a Health and Safety Training for uneducated women in our community to promote well-being and a better future for our society. The training will include basic first-aid, food/fire safety, oral hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Organizing a Clothing Drive at our youth center for under-resourced families.
  • Beautifying and painting our Youth Center, a place of education and opportunity located in a very disadvantaged neighborhood.
  • Coordinating Volunteer Trips to our local orphanage, hospital, and elderly home visits. These places lack support and are consistently understaffed and underfunded.
  • Facilitating an Environmental Education Workshop for children in the community in which kids are taught how their small actions (littering, burning trash, etc.) have a global impact.
  • Fostering Safe Space Discussions for girls and women to talk about any personal/societal issues. (Lead by Fatimaezzahra, who has a degree in clinical psychology.)

GLOW CLUB is a group of girls and young women dedicated to volunteerism, equality, and empowerment. We are passionate about making a difference in our community and beyond. We are Girls Leading Our World.

Thank you so much for your support! 

Love,
Dounia, Fatimaezzahra, Loubna, and Sarah (Settat GLOW Leadership Committee)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 19, 2016

Posted on July 19, 2016

Wow! Ramadan was such a busy month! The biggest news, of course, is that First Lady Michelle Obama came to visit Morocco for her #LetGirlsLearn initiative. She came to listen to stories from Moroccan girls about our struggles and successes. Remember that even though things are rapidly improving, girls illiteracy is still a problem in Morocco. Even moving beyond basic literacy, girls opportunities are often quite limited. So the fact that Mrs. Obama listened directly to Moroccan girls about what we need rather than to government officials was really amazing!

Hayat, one of our youngest GLOW Leaders, was invited to Mrs. Obama's #LetGirlsLearn Roundtable. We are so proud of Hayat for representing our community with poise and passion! Hayat asked Mrs. Obama, "Who will contribute more to developing Morocco, boys or girls?" Mrs. Obama told her that she believes every citizen should get the opportunities to contribute to their country. "It just makes sense for boys AND girls to be educated & involved & empowered," said the First Lady. 

We agree! That's why this project is so important to us. And clearly, you--our supporters--agree too! 

As summer burns on, so do we. Although we are behind on some action items (mainly painting the youth center because it's been too crowded with a kids camp), we are forging ahead. This week, a few GLOW Leaders are headed to Agadir for a Library Building Workshop. We will be trained on creating an organizational system, maintaining a inventory system, and many other technical issues with creating a community library. Inshallah this will help us perfect our action plan!

One last thing. If you're interested in learning more about the issues that Moroccan girls face, we've created a YouTube channel with playlists of videos on Moroccan Girl Power, #LetGirlsLearn, and more. Check it out! 

Love,
THE GLOW GIRLS


Posted on June 5, 2016

Posted on June 5, 2016

June Updates:

As Ramadan (the Islamic Holy Month) approaches, work is slowing down for most people. But not us! Our GLOW Club is charging ahead with our project! Among many things, Ramadan is a time to do good deeds and connect with community. What better way than to keep up with our library action plan?

We are so thankful for everyone who has helped us so far. Thank you to everyone who has given us books for the library. Thank you to the the director of our youth center, who has been extremely supportive. This week, he gave us official permission to develop the library in one the larger classrooms! It is 5 times bigger than the room we had originally planned on! Furthermore, he has pledged to give us 3 shelving units and 100 books from his personal office. It means a lot to us that he believes in this project so much that he is investing personally in it! Also thank you to our teacher, Julie, who has helped us with so much (like editing our grammar in these posts!) and her husband Robert who is so helpful with all the logistical parts. 

But most of all, thanks to YOU, wonderful people who have donated their hard-earned money to help us achieve our goals. You are creating opportunities for education and inspiration in a community that needs it. We love you! Thank you too if you have shared this page or encouraged us.

During Ramadan (June-July), we will be cleaning, organizing, and painting the Library Room! We can't wait to share the process with you. Thank you for being along in this journey with us. 

Love,
The Girls Leading Our World Club

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