Want to know how Dar Moustaqbel responds to the Coronavirus crisis? Read more HERE. Behind a green door in the Medina of Marrakech, fifty-five girls live together in a student residence, while pursuing further education at the institute of their choice. Dar Moustaqbel is a social impact student housing project. Living here enables young disadvantaged girls to fully focus on their studies. Our study hall is occupied seven days and evenings a week. Hundreds of hours of in-house French classes and more than a hundred of English every year. Besides professional language education, we offer tutors for subjects as statistics and bookkeeping, a computer skills course, weekly yoga classes, cycling, and inspiring encounters with scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers and students. Our house rules reflect the importance of rigor and good habits. The use of mobile phones, for example, is restricted. Students take turns cooking, cleaning and washing for all, creating responsibility and training practical skills while maximising the time each of them spends on their education.
Mission, Vision and Objectives
What has been accomplished
Growing while learning, Dar Moustaqbel has emerged as a special home with a solid culture of solidarity and curiosity. After having lived in a rented place for one year with ten girls (2016-2017), a group of 26 girls moved into Dar Moustaqbel in September 2017. A year later, in 2018-2019 we had 42 girls on board, and we reached our maximum capacity of 55 girls in September 2019. Now, a carefully selected group of 55 students has built a home in Dar Moustaqbel. Our superintendent, restauration assistant, educational officers, and our house manager form a strong team, working together closely, with each member supporting the students in their own capacity. We offer quality education to disadvantaged students, creating opportunities to catch up and develop important skills, and visibly improve chances on the job market. Recently an evaluation of the level of satisfaction and the (impression of) development of our students has been conducted by sociologist Béatrice Lecestre-Rollier from the University of Paris. “All students express an enormous satisfaction with their home each of them believes firmly that their skills have improved greatly thanks to Dar Moustaqbel.”
Girls on board
Hours of in-house lessons given
Our student residence houses 55 students. As the older girls graduate, we can accept approximately 15 new students each academic year.
The Moustaqbel Foundation was founded by Hanneke Ouwehand-Van Hooff in 2016. Beforehand she had volunteered in three different boarding houses for female high school pupils in the mountains and saw the need from up close. “These girls would not be in school without. It inspired me to think about what these girls could accomplish if they were given the chance. With the opportunity to live in Dar Moustaqbel they can now focus fully on their further education.”