Empowering Women in the Atlas

Summary
Construction of a public bathhouse managed by women, in a small village in the Atlas mountains
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Campaign successfully funded on: 07 Jun,2014

This project has been successfully funded with $10,020 (118%)

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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 Impact
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.






Sarah Fathallah
07 Jun,2014
$10

Haitham Al-Salama
07 Jun,2014
$425

Curran W Harvey
06 Jun,2014
$1,000

Anonymous
06 Jun,2014
$10

Anonymous
06 Jun,2014
$50

Anonymous
06 Jun,2014
$100

Sara Kadaoui
06 Jun,2014
$20

Hani Beyhum
06 Jun,2014
$100

Anonymous
06 Jun,2014
$50

Moktar El Guermai
06 Jun,2014
$10

Javier Guia
06 Jun,2014
$50

Saad Ljazouli
06 Jun,2014
$50

Alice Livingston
06 Jun,2014
$400

Thomas Gilchrist
06 Jun,2014
$25

Nabilion
05 Jun,2014
$50

Lahsen Bizragane
05 Jun,2014
$50

Anonymous
04 Jun,2014
$50

Joseph Marsh
04 Jun,2014
$5

Abdel Feddouli
04 Jun,2014
$10

Slaoui
04 Jun,2014
$300

ZhongJie Bi
04 Jun,2014
$10

Joshua Cabell
03 Jun,2014
$100

Shama Sqalli
03 Jun,2014
$25

Ghassan R
03 Jun,2014
$25

Anonymous
03 Jun,2014
$50

Anonymous
03 Jun,2014
$50

Muhammad Qasim
03 Jun,2014
$10

Anonymous
03 Jun,2014
$25

Rym Bettaieb
02 Jun,2014
$50

Melissa Amin
02 Jun,2014
$250

kate burson
02 Jun,2014
$50

ali boutahar
02 Jun,2014
$200

$100

Osman Elfadil
01 Jun,2014
$25

Dina
31 May,2014
$100

Dipan Naik
31 May,2014
$50

Mustapha Maradji
31 May,2014
$50

Anonymous
29 May,2014
$50

aline sara
29 May,2014
$10

Anonymous
29 May,2014
$200

$25

SnagaStool
28 May,2014
$30

Joanne Larson
24 May,2014
$200

Anonymous
22 May,2014
$50

margo mcclellan
21 May,2014
$35

Denise Kitchel
21 May,2014
$100

Judy Larson
20 May,2014
$200

Mamoune Kettani
20 May,2014
$100

Abdelkader Bazir
20 May,2014
$200

Anonymous
19 May,2014
$25

Alice Livingston
12 May,2014
$250

Malik Shwehdi
09 May,2014
$50

Lynda Meeks
08 May,2014
$25

Badr Choufari
05 May,2014
$50

Stephanie Cuccio
30 Apr,2014
$25

Carol Lavin
30 Apr,2014
$25

Anonymous
30 Apr,2014
$25

Sarayu Adeni
25 Apr,2014
$10

Lena Bruce
25 Apr,2014
$50

Anonymous
24 Apr,2014
$25

Mideast Creatives
24 Apr,2014
$25

Uju
24 Apr,2014
$25

Zinab Bercheq
24 Apr,2014
$25

Mideast Creatives
24 Apr,2014
$50

Joyce Chang
24 Apr,2014
$50

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$25

Boutaina Bazir
23 Apr,2014
$25

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$100

Eva Weissman
23 Apr,2014
$100

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$500

Anonymous
23 Apr,2014
$3,000

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$25

Shadia
23 Apr,2014
$25

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$100

Zayd
23 Apr,2014
$100

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$25

Lauren Rubin
23 Apr,2014
$25

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$25

Lamia Bazir
23 Apr,2014
$25

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$25

Sara Kadaoui
23 Apr,2014
$25

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I am a 24-year-old Moroccan graduate student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. I am a fellow of the American Association of University Women in Washington DC and the Resolution Project in New York. I…

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  Rewards

$10 or more
→    POSTAL CARD FROM THE VILLAGE

42 Available

You will receive a postal card as a thank you note from the local community.
$25 or more
→    YOUR NAME ON OUR GOLDEN BOOK! BE PART OF THE VILLAGE'S HISTORY
OUT OF STOCK

Your name will be listed on our golden book. Because we value each and every one of our donors, your name will be stated and forever remembered on the golden book of the women's association. This book will be kept in the village and your names will forever remind the local population and all visitors the values of cross border solidarity that you embody
$50 or more
→    MOROCCAN COUSCOUS

3 Available

We will offer an authentic Couscous meal in a Moroccan restaurant to our donors wherever they are. Couscous is a communal dish that gathers all members of the family. As part of our tradition, we would like to invite our donors to taste this exquisite meal because we consider them our extended family.
$100 or more
→    EXPERIENCE THE HAMMAM !

3 Available

A Ticket to a Hammam session. A Public Bathhouse is not only used for bathing, it is also a space for relaxation and social exchanges. I will offer the chance to our donors to experience the authentic experience of the hammam in their cities. This reward will be the opportunity for donors to take care of their bodies and souls during a memorable hammam session.
$200 or more
→    CUSTOM-MADE NECKLACE

2 Available

The culture of gift is significant in the village. We would like to send a "custom-made necklace" to our donors.
$600 or more
→    THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE VILLAGE

10 Available

The local members of the association will send you a thank you letter to personally explain how your support can actually change their lives.
$1000 or more
→    PERSONALIZED THANK YOU VIDEO FROM THE VILLAGE

3 Available

Our donors will receive a short video clip from the local women who will personally thank them and express the impact of their donation on their lives. The video will be personalized for each donor. Gratefulness is a central value in the village. So, we will make sure to spread it around.
$3000 or more
→    BE OUR GUEST OF HONOR!

2 Available

We will invite our biggest donors to the village for the inaugural opening of the Hammam. Once built, our team plans to celebrate and invite the media to share our journey of solidarity and civic engagement. We would like to honor our biggest donors during that event.
$5000 or more
→    MAKE IT HAPPEN

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The biggest donations can make our project move faster and get the Hammam constructed before the winter. Be the one who makes it happen!
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