Campaign successfully funded on: 07 Jun,2014
My name is Lamia Bazir, I am a Moroccan graduate student at the School of International and Public Affairs, at Columbia University in New York. I had the great opportunity to meet the local community of an impoverished village in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco, and got inspired by the women's experiences, energy, and vision. That day, I made a commitment to help them make their dreams come true.
Their first dream is basic and consists in getting access to cleaning. For that purpose, I would like to help them build a public bathhouse in their village.
A public bathhouse is a surprising project because we take bathing for granted. But for people who still don't have water availability in homes, no heating systems, and where women have to fetch water from sources even in the coldest seasons and under the snow, it is a luxury!
I have decided to respect the women's priority and make the locals the drivers of change within their communities.
I hope that you will help me fulfill this humble commitment.
What We Need & What You Get
I hope to raise at least $10,000 through Zoomal. Then, I will use other platforms such as donations, sponsorships, and grants to raise the funds needed for water heaters, wells, tiles for walls, mosaic for the soil, and isolations from the cold.
100% of the funds will be used for the project.
We will solicit the expertise of the local commune and volunteers to avoid any salary payments and additional expenses.
The public bathhouse will benefit around 1,400 women, men, and children. It will be located in the center of the village near the local school. It is, therefore, easy to access by all the population.
The public bathhouse will improve the sanitary, hygiene, and health related conditions of the population. Furthermore, it will contribute to women's empowerment, because it will be managed by the women of the village.This project is not a project by women for women, it is a project by women for the whole community. The goal is to empower women not by isolating them and excluding men, but rather recognizing women at the center of their communities. The ultimate hope is to help women build capacity, but also improve the conditions of life of the whole community, so that when men use the Hammam, they say: "Look at what women did for us, so let us entrust women with more !"
I have decided not to create an association in which I will be the president, but rather help women create their own association: "The Association of Women for the Development of Adghagh". I only have a status of advisor and I hope to connect the women with expertise and resources. Indeed, the ultimate purpose is to empower and autonomize the local people.
So, the project goes beyond building a sanitary infrastructure, its purpose is to reshape the power structure within the village. Therefore, the members of the association will benefit from regular trainings and learning sessions in business, accounting, and management. Indeed, I will build bonds and partnerships between the local population of the village and students from Al Akhawayn University (located 20 minutes away from the village) in the form of community service and civic engagement.
Other Ways You Can Help
The project is at its fund raising phase and all our efforts must be mobilized for that purpose.
Because we are driven by a cause that goes beyond our selves, our team is open to all of you. You can become a permanent member of our team.
We welcome volunteers who would like to:
1- Share the word: share our project on social media including linkedin, twitter, facebook to maximize donation.
2- Target funders: make a list of potential donors in their city or country and communicate about our project to get donations.
3- Look for grant opportunities: make a list of foundations, corporations, or organizations that might help us with a sponsorship or a grant.
4- Come to the village and help with the construction in the implementation phase.
Sometimes, we underestimate our impact, but I would like to remind you that we have the chance -and the duty- to speak for those who can't.
Even the smallest donations, and contributions can go a long way.
So, if you can not donate, help us get the word to those who can.
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