Morocco: With the Street Youth in Morocco

In collaboration with the Centre Bayti.

Context:

Misery, this is the case of children 8 to 15 who instead of being in school, find themselves huddled in sweatshops, sometimes handling dangerous products, others living on the streets and eventually drugs. Poverty is revolting for the thousands of little maids, private of the joys of childhood and forced, for a few dirhams a month, to do the chores of laundry, dishes and household, well above their age and physical ability. Clans or gangs become the family of substitutions. Violence is a daily reality for these children: it is visual, verbal, physical. Abuse falls under the law of silence (omerta). Street, in the long run, leads to a behavior that is essential to know in order to ensure proper reintegration of these children. These children have lost any reference space-time: they are punctuated by inhaling the drug, cold and hunger. They have no referent in relation to authority: the police and judiciary do not worry them more because they are accustomed. They reject any institutionalization, their experience of it so far been negative. They are homeless, drug dependent and in a state of physical and psychological health precarious. Without purpose or hope, the street children are quickly indoctrinated by radical Islamists.

Objective:

  • Develop a center of technical carpentry workshop with modern equipment and adequate;
  • Supervise the training of two instructors for the first two months (May and June 1998), for these are in turn able to provide adequate training to two groups of young people;
  • Provide training for six months to two youth groups (a total of 30 children) during 1998-1999);
  • Bring each of these two groups in two productions of carpentry, one midterm and one at the end of the course (equivalent to a total of four productions);
  • Offer for sale the four productions;
  • Enable people to maintain health services, health and education awarded by the Centre Bayti to street children, for reinvestment in the center of the income generated by sales;
  • Enable young people by the sale of carpentry work they have done, to acquire and apply concretely the basics of management, necessary to operate a small business used to meet the basic requirements;
  • Enable young people by the sale of their carpentry work, to gain self-worth in performing an honest job and income generator.

Results:

Alternatives has sent to the Centre Bayti woodworking equipment necessary for the formation of youth, which was placed in suitable training center that it has obtained. It already had the necessary raw material for the duration of the project's first year.

The group of 30 young was separated into two groups. The first began his training in July 1998 and the second in November 1998. The training lasts 6 months.

Production groups were offered for sale and revenues have been reinvested in the center so that it can maintain the health services, health and education it provides to street children.

 

Year: 
1998 - 1999
Contact Person & Details: 
Hamouda Soubhi
Locations: 
Morocco