Compared to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco’s poverty levels are low, yet still affect a large percentage of the population. Nearly half the population survive on less than $2 a day. The gap between rural and urban areas is continuing to widen, leaving those in rural areas without easy access to basic needs such as clean water, sanitation and healthcare. Human rights is still an issue in Morocco, although recent constitutional reforms are helping to improve the situation.
Children in Morocco
Child labour is an issue in Morocco. Thousands of Moroccan children are engaged in child labour. Some of the work children can be made to do is dangerous and can impair mental and physical development.
Girls can be physically and sexually abused and child prostitution has been reported in some regions. Children who have to work typically do not get the education they need, meaning their future prospects are likely to be poor.
In Morocco’s towns and cities, the number of street children is thought to be increasing. UNICEF states that over 6,000 children were abandoned at birth in 2008. Approximately 650,000 children have been orphaned and grow up without the care of their parents.
Our Children's Villages in Morocco
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting Morocco’s vulnerable young people and children since the early 1980s. Although Morocco has made important steps with regards to child protection, thousands of children continue to face great hardships in their daily lives. Child trafficking and high rates of child poverty and illiteracy, particularly in rural areas, are major problems that need to be tackled.
Aït Ourir, Marrakesh
The first SOS Children's Village in Morocco was established at Aït Ourir in 1985. Now proivdes a loving home for up to 140 children in 14 SOS family homes. Children attend the local nursery and schools alongside those from the neighbourhood, enabling them to make friends and grow up as part of the community. The Village also runs an SOS youth programme.
Imzouren, Al Hoceima
We opened a second community at Imzouren in 1988. There are ten family houses. The Village is home to up to 90 children in 12 SOS families. Each child has a unique development plan which is drawn up in consultation with the SOS mother. Children attend the local nursery and schools alongside those from the neighbourhood, enabling them to make friends and grow up as part of the community.
Dar Bouazza, Casablanca
Morocco's third SOS Children's Village opened in 2000. The Village has 11 SOS families. What is special about this Village is its location in central El Jadida. This means that the children attend local nursery schools and schools and are thus very much integrated into the community from a young age. The children also have easy access to all cultural as well as medical facilities.
A fourth SOS Children’s Village opened at El Jadida in 2006. Up to 109 children live in the 15 SOS families. The main purpose of the Village is to provide long-term, family-based care to children in need. However, what is special about this Village is its location in central El Jadida. This means that the children attend local nursery schools and schools and are thus very much integrated into the community from a young age. The children also have easy access to all cultural as well as medical facilities.
A fifth SOS Children's Village in Agadir opened in 2008. It has 13 family homes for up to 126 children. The Villageis very well integrated into the surrounding community and much appreciated for the services it offers to the population in need. It is located in the centre of a residential area, which means that the SOS children are able to attend primary and secondary schools in the neighbourhood.
SOS Children in Morocco
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