Adoption of Tamazouzt School, Morocco
The SSIO Morocco has initiated a comprehensive community adoption project in Marrakech, Morocco, in the Tamazouzt School. Several components of this project began in 2017 and have been completed. There are ongoing projects in social service, education and medical service. These projects have been undertaken by the SSIO EHV team and the SSIO school team.
The social service projects include completion of well renovation for water supply for sanitation and water supply for plantations (completed in June 2018). Projects including an irrigation system and planting of trees were also completed in 2017. The SSIO Morocco has also completed purchases of books for the school library in July 2018, and ongoing projects include construction of corridors and installation of libraries in classrooms. Other ongoing social service projects include coordination and organisation of green spaces and educational gardens in the school. Creation and distribution of Green Bags for the Go-Green initiative are also underway.
In the field of education, SSEHV training with transmission of educational materials and follow-up visits have been completed. The creation of guidelines to help teachers integrate EHV into the daily curriculum and follow-up of teachers applying the program in their classrooms are continuing.
On December 8th 2018 a Medical Caravan was organized to cover the Medicare aspect of the project. The objective of the caravan was to provide general medical check-up to determine the health status of all the children. Four hundred twenty-one children were examined, with 352 children aged between 6 and 12 and 69 children aged between 4 and 6. Tamazouzt is a rural area where access to health facilities and doctors is far more difficult than elsewhere. This caravan was a blessing and a wish of the school committee that came true with the help of the SSIO Morocco.
A follow up medical camp was organised on April 20, 2019, with the help of the Ministry of Health and a local NGO. The objective of this camp was to identify children who required dental and eye care and to give them the necessary treatment.
The local NGO helped by organising volunteer doctors and opticians, along with young adults from the Red Cross. The local NGO was also able to organise dental chairs and other equipment. SSIO Morocco collaborated with the school representatives to organise the rest of the logistics.
The team of doctors included two dentists, two opticians, two assistants, and two coordinators. Three hundred fifty-two children were examined. Eighty-eight dental extractions were performed. Sixty-four required glasses out of which three also needed surgery.
Children also participated in dental hygiene workshop. The Ministry of Health provided toothbrushes and toothpaste for the children.
The SSIO Morocco, along with the medical NGO and the school committee will analyse the medical reports soon and follow up with the delivery of eyeglasses.
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