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