Dar Moustaqbel’s response to covid-19

Because of the Covid 19 restrictions, we had to adjust our methods to continue our support to students from rural areas. The virus is laying bare the difficult circumstances of our student’s families. Many breadwinners, and others in their inner circle, have lost their jobs as day laborers, and are struggling to put enough food on the table.

Last year, in May 2020, we organized a campaign via GlobalGiving, trying to secure funding to invest in technological support, to allow our students to work from home. With this money we bought and distributed 55 laptops and loads of internet credit, to help our students progress online. And since enough food is crucial, we also created a small fund to distribute the food budget among our students and their families.

We couldn’t wait to continue being a real home to our residents. And after months of lockdown we finally reopened our students home in September 2020. Initially we divided our residents into three groups. One group staying in Dar Moustaqbel all year, while the other two alternated, but since February 2021 more and more students have been obliged to come back to take exams. Despite covid-19 we are getting back to our normal daily study routine and we hope to have all our 55 students back in Marrakech as of April 2021.