It’s a snowy Monday night in Ifrane, Morocco. At AUI’s student lounge, a few college students sit on red couches and joke around. They are here for Design for Change, the campus branch of an international organization that aims to empower kids in Ifrane area schools. As the club’s president, 20-year-old Younes Akherfi, sums up recent Valentine’s Day fundraising activities, more students enter, and the room is soon filled with around 40 of the club’s 60 active student members. One of the school coordinators, Safia Sekkat, 19, introduces this week’s activity: Valentine’s Day cards with 180 primary schoolers at Essalam School.
Hey, guys! I’m very sorry nothing’s been posted the last couple of weeks. It seems that here at Al Akhawayn, Finals Week turns into Finals Month, and despite a few trips to Rabat, I’ve been spending a lot of time on papers and Memrise.com… In the meantime, enjoy Hindi Zahra, a beautiful, Norah Jones/Billie Holiday-like artist.
Sorry for the late post — the Melilla story has been put on hold due to a couple of complications. In the meantime, here are some pictures of Ain Vittel, a beautiful Ifrane nature reserve replete with waterfalls, huge trees, pushy horse ride vendors and strange dolls.
Early this morning, Frau Holle came to Ifrane and turned campus and the city into a beautiful, beautiful winter wonderland. Hope it doesn’t melt too soon.
A baby giraffe was spotted today near AUI’s classroom buildings. Surrounded by adoring students, he happily posed for numerous photo opportunities.
Raise your glasses, dear readers, and pay attention, for today marks a special day: not only is it my wonderful creator’s birthday (hey, Mama!), but it is also the day that this blog begins to feature real people. Over the next weeks, students and members of the Ifrane area community will share here thoughts on their everyday lives, concerns and dreams.
The first person who agreed to speak with me is Rashid Oumichi. A 24-year-old vegetable seller from Ifrane, Oumichi works at the marché, the market students and village citizens rely on to keep ourselves fed, hygienic, clothed and clean cut.