Enabling rural communities to empower themselves


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49 Dar Skaaf Ouazzane-Morocco
MA Morocco
Web http://www.ouazzaniyat.org/

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About the project Edit

Created in January 2011, in the city of Ouazzane, Ouazzaniyat is a registered non-governmental and for non-profit organization that aims at enabling rural communities who wish, accross the Ouezzane Province, to empower themselves and develop into Learning Communities.
LEARNING is at the basis of any development, be it personal, spiritual, social, financial..

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Ouazzaniyat believes in systemic change and uses The θ-System to educate on the power of functional connections within an eco-system.
The θ-System is comprised of five interconnected key elements:
-The Community:
The primary stakeholders, they benefit and give through a Community Cooperative.
-The Learning Center:
Ouazzaniyat believes that learning is the basis of any phase of development, be it personal, physical, social, spiritual or socio-economical.
-The Land:
A piece of land around the center acts as a demonstration site, to learn how to reconnect with the environment (using Permaculture principles), and to appreciate the critical role it plays in a sustainable system.
-The Voluntourists:
They engage in learning with the local community through cross-cultural interaction and shared experiences.
-The Organization:
Ouazzaniyat works to enable, support, and oversee the connections between the Community, the Learning Center, the Voluntourists and the Land, forming the fifth element of The θ-System.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Ouazzaniyat, created in January 2011, encourages independence through self-determination, promoting human empowerment and in turn promoting human development with the focus on eliminating a future need for charity or welfare.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This is a pilot project that we aim to replicate in many villages accross the Province of Ouezzane.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

In January 2010, three members of the community of Faraha, a small village on the Ouezzane-Chaouen axis decided to open a small center in a local rented mud house, a calm environment with books and educational games, for children to have a place to study after school.
We called it: Dar Lil-Kul Faraha (literally 'House for All').
Quickly, the number of children grew, the concept evolved and we needed more space, so in January 2012 we moved into a bigger house surrounded by some land.

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