A new world

May 25, 2017

‘My dream is to do a phd in physics, but that takes eight years and I cannot wait that long before I start earning money’, says the girl, trying to keep her emotions in check. Her body and mind seem to want to cry, but instead she trembles. ‘I have to help my family.’ (more…)

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March 9, 2017

Silence has been sacred lately in Riad Moustaqbel. All the girls are studying hard for their exams. Not an easy task, as it’s their first year at university and they have still got to get used to the massive number of fellow students and the distant behavior of their professors. (more…)

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Another day filled with female solidarity

March 8, 2017

Wonder what the girls of Riad Moustaqbel have been doing on International Women’s Day? Our physics students have already finished most of their exams while those studying other subjects still have a lot of work to do. So there was no question about it: those who had spare time dedicated themselves to preparing dinner. They were returning the favor, recently it was the other way around. (more…)

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Cycling lessons in the red city

February 6, 2017

‘Careful! I am going to crash’, screams Hayat who is heading fast and furiously into the crowd on the corner of the square. Traffic in Marrakech is notoriously crazy. Especially the mopeds, who abide by no rule whatsoever, cause a lot of distress on the road. Car drivers are no exception. The bigger the car, the more reckless the driver. (more…)

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A hot stew for our builders

January 31, 2017

No more demolition work or new walls being built. The renovation of Riad Moustaqbel has quickly progressed. The basic constructions are as good as finished and the finishing touches are programmed in the next two weeks. Every month Hanneke Ouwehand-Van Hooff has a communal tajine, a stew, with the construction workers to thank them for their hard work. It is a Moroccan tradition to honor construction workers this way. (more…)

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