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Project Day One

March 25, 2014

Here is my third post from Morocco. Enjoy!!

Good afternoon everyone!

Today was our first day at our project. I have found on all of the trips I worked on, the project is always a mixture of expected and unexpected. Today was nothing new. We expected to work at a girls’ school. However, we worked at a dormitory for girls. We also expected the girls would be younger than us. However they are the same age or a bit older. But, this was not a problem at all. In fact, it turned out to be a big benefit.

In Morocco, it is difficult for a young girl to leave her village and go to post secondary school. There are a number of reasons for this, the primary one being the family is afraid for the girl in the city. As such, a dormitory like the one we are working at, provides the girls with the opportunity to attend school and live in a safe environment.

Our goal is to build a garden for the girls. While this may seem like a mundane task, it holds quite a bit of spiritual and cultural importance. The director of the project said a garden holds quite a bit of significance in the spiritual lives of the girls. It provides them with a space to contemplate and connect with the natural world. In addition, we will plant trees and, shrubs and flowers which have a cultural significance to the girls. It is shaping up to be an amazing transformation.

I guess I should also tell you all about the cultural exchange we had today as well. The girls who live in the dorms are all between 17 and 19 years old. So, they have a lot in common with our kids. Having been all over the world, I can tell you that no matter where you go, kids are kids. All of our kids and all of the girls had a great time talking about music, things that are cool and, of course, boys. In fact, I am almost certain one of our boys was proposed to at least three times today. It was a wonderful experience for everyone.

Tonight we are going to take horse carriages into the Medina to walk around, shop and have dinner. Tomorrow it is day two of the project.

All the best from our 26 kids, Lori, Desireé, Kim and me!!

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