On a recent Volunteer trip to Morocco we met another group who hadn't heard of the project in Tijhza, and wished that they had known that they could bring things out for the villagers. We also overheard another group talking about the project whilst we were there and we suspect that the guide hadn't quite accurately described the project. If you are interested in knowing more about the project please read the link below for the page on Exodus's Responsible Tourism section.
A few things to note:
DO NOT give any money directly to the teachers please. The Village Association is having problems with the school and the level of education provided. As yet the teachers have done nothing with any of the money donated and are unable to account for it. If you do wish to make a donation whilst in the Village, please seek out Carolyn or her husband Mohammed who will make sure that it goes in to the project.
If you have any old clothes, reading glasses, vitamin pills or first aid supplies that you wish to leave behind, again please seek out Carolyn or Mohammed.
Some of the women in the village are trying to create an income for their families by making carpets or jewellery. The prices are very reasonable, you don't need to barter and you are making a real difference! Again please seek out Carolyn. Their kasbah is very close to the gite and if your guide can't give directions then nearly anyone else in the village can point you in the right direction!
Finally, work has begun on a village hammam, which will provide benefits to all the village, so once it's open, if you have the chance please pay them a visit!
Thank you so much, if you can make a little space in you luggage it will go a long way.