Peace and blessings of Ramadan to all readers!
- Good and wonderful things are happening…a few people are in fact interested in homeschooling in Marrakesh. Whaddya know. When this seed first planted itself into our consciousness, I prayed that God would send the right people and resources if this were meant to be. And alhamdulillah, things are in fact coming together.
- Amanda (blogger Marocmama) is running a wonderful charity campaign called “Mobiles for Morocco”. She is collecting mobiles for the babies at a home for abandoned babies here in Marrakesh. Read more about it at http://marocmama.com/mobiles-for-morocco (she lives in the US by the way). The babies spend so much time in their cribs, mobiles with interesting shapes and soft music would be very stimulating to them. Please send Amanda your new or used mobiles, or a cash donation.
- The next step in the cooking classes project (cooking classes for poor mothers here in Marrakesh) will be, inshallah, to equip these women’s kitchens! They are learning how to cook, but what good is that when they don’t even own fridges or ovens (for the most part). Most do their cooking on little camping style burners and even with such meager equipment, they manage to whip up amazing Moroccans goodies like tajines or fried bread (mesemn). We are hoping to buy the necessary fridges, ovens, pots, pans and appliances that would push these women into another category of cooking. For Moroccan women, their kitchen is their pride and their creative outlet, and we want to encourage that. Eventually they may be able to turn their cooking into a side business, cooking for special occasions in the neighborhood. If you’d like to contribute to this project, please contact me. We already have a generous donor from Germany who has gathered 500 euros towards this. Yay!
- In other news, our littlest child is not so little now. He turned 4 last month! No more toddlers in the house (but still plenty of crying). The other day Amin (his older brother) got a cut on his toe, so I gave him a little foot bath to soak it in. When little Yousef saw that he said “Can I have a bloodbath too?”. When he got better he said “Ok! I’m back on my foot”. He cracks us up, and I am glad his brother and sister are old enough to also appreciate the cute things he says and does.
Birthday boy with the birthday tarte he requested: