Management & small-scale entrepreneurship for development NGO
Mrs. Ouazna is a simple woman from the Rif mountains who has moved, as many rural people did, from the countryside to the city of Tangier many years ago. Typically, these migrants settled in the poorer areas of the cities, which just a few years ago were still called "Bidonvilles", slum areas. Today, such living circumstances luckily don't really exist any more, the slum areas have been replaced by areas with proper construction. Social development and education for the people of these newly created parts of the cities are of concern to organizations such as the Mohammed V Foundation that is funding local development projects.
Just a few years ago, the quarter of Bir Chifare in Tangier had a very bad reputation, today however it has developed to a regular residential area, the largest of Tangier indeed. However, the level of illiteracy, low education and unemployment in Bir Chifae are higher than in other parts of the city, and many inhabitants of Bir Chifae are doing low-pay jobs.
To improve the situation of her fellows, Mrs. Ouazna started her NGO "ALUAFAE" (Associacion pour le development et la solidarité) in 2002. The organization started inside a currugated iron hut. where reading and writing was taught besides textile working and cooking. After some time, the organization could move to a larger building, added a children's kindergarten and started offering French lessons, extra classes for pupils and introduction seminars to the use of computers. Due to the NGO's educational offers, many children and youth that for various reasons had a lack of education, could be reintegrated into the public education system. Many women of the quarter have been taking part in the courses of textile working which enabled them to find employment in one of the many textile factories around Tangier.
Space and equipment of ALUAFAE's current building however are constrained. For this reason, the NGO is planning to build a considerably larger new building in the quarter. Even though construction works are scheduled to start in the beginning of 2011, funding has not completely been assured. During and after the contruction work, the continuation of the NGO's educational offers strongly depends on volunteers.
To tackle those challenges, the NGO definitely needs a capable volunteer to work in strategic planning, finance and project management to guarantee the completion of the new building and the continuation and expansion of the NGO's educational offers. For reasonable project proposals, finding sources for funding by national and international development programs is quite possible and realistic in Morocco.
Another approach to give both the NGO and the citizens of the quarter a certain independence from external funding would be to start initiatives of small-scale entrepreneurship. ALUAFE at the moment runs a room with 30 industrial sewing machines and further machines for textile processing. However, these machines are only being used for training purposes to give women the chance to find employment in Tangier's clothing factories, where the monthly salary for a full-time sewer only is around 150-180 € per month. The NGO's sewing machines could also be used to directly produce cloths for sale. A business concept must be developed for this idea and implemented. The same is true for the organization's fully equipped kitchen, where food could be produced for sale.
Further possibilities of small-scale entrepreneurship, which meet the resources and needs of the people of the quarter must be found and implemented.
Knowledge of French language is required for this voluteering option.
Location: Tangier, Morocco
Duration: Minimum 3 weeks
Special qualifications needed: yes
Costs: none, the trouble-free package is optional
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Not included
Included: Placement in the project; if
you opt for the trouble-free package the whole range of services which
is part of the trouble-free package is included
Not included: Travel to Morocco, health insurance
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