Pics of the new place

4 Dec

Here are the pictures of the space we rented for the Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant.  We went on a Sunday, a few of the actual women who will be training there, their kids, and a couple of volunteers, to see the space together.

Here is the front entrance.  The glass bricks are nice but will be replaced with glass windows for more connection between indoor and outdoor.  There is a lot of garden space, some of it will be paved with bricks to make a larger outdoor seating area.

Amal Women's Training Center

This is part of the indoor dining area.  We don’t have electricity yet, and this was at the end of the day, so I could only take pictures of this front room. The other room that is visible there will have a display area for the baked goods.  In addition, there will be another dining room, an office, and a classroom where the ladies can learn to read/write.


Detached from the main villa, there are some rooms in the back.  We’re thinking that these would be the ideal place for the training kitchen.  Little Si Mohamed discovered a rickety old ladder, we had a hard time getting him down from there.  He’s right in the terrible two’s all right.



Little Chaima climbed the orange tree and picked as many as she could reach.  In the end her family went home with a bag full.   I smiled to think that this place is already yielding “fruits” and that seems like a good sign.

DSC_0051Fatiha, a dear friend and future trainee, with Melissa, a dear friend and volunteer.


That patch will  turn into an herb garden (inshAllah Godwilling):


A little orange party:


There’s a bit of work to be done.  Some of the place was well-kept and some of it is in disrepair.  Tomorrow I have a meeting with a builder to start in on the alterations.  I’m excited because I connected with the perfect person to help out with this project.  I was talking to Meriem, the young woman in the picture above (holding a shoulder bag).  I was telling her how I want to put together Sponsor Packets to present to potential sponsors.

Then she said “Oh, I’ve done that for a few projects at the University”.

I said “Wait, what did you study again?”


“And now you’re done with school?”

“Yes I have my Bachelor’s and I’m taking time off now”.

“Um, would you like to work on this project…for free?”


I’m so happy, both for the project’s sake and for Meriem’s.  I know she’s a smart, resourceful and hardworking person and will bring a lot of energy to this venture.  I’m much relieved to have someone of her caliber and skill set on board.  This project has been like this, serendipitous connections and unfolding of new things.  It’s so beyond what I might do or dream for it, it’s so much bigger and more beautiful.


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9 Responses to “Pics of the new place”

  1. cavemum December 5, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Norah, I am so excited and happy for you all, what an amazing project, it is bringing me to tears just seeing it unfold! I will try to organise a whip-round here to send you there…the garden is just amazing, imagine how that will look once it has a bit of loving care! Mabruk dear heart, may Allah reward you for all your efforts xxx

  2. Molly December 5, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Salam alaykom Nora…… nice to finally see your dream in picture! I can see the potential for the place and I ask Allah to make it easy for you! Let us know when we can come for a visit! Take care.

  3. Meriem (sis) December 5, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Allah iwaffaq. InshaAllah you’ll find that you will have more people like Meriem drawn to the project, the right people at the right time.

  4. eliotcresswell December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    M’Broik. Good luck with the new venture. Place has lots of promise. Enjoy following your progress. Wish WordPress had a widget for tasting the food you’ll produce.

  5. Catherine December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Blessings on your new venture. It is good to see something come to fruition, isn’t it? And now you just have to keep watering the fruit :-)

    • moroccomama December 7, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      It still feels like it’s a long way from fruition, but yeah, it’s good to see SOME physical manifestation of a dream.

  6. Thomas Abdu Sabour December 7, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    May Allahu ta’ala bless all of your endeavors! MashAllah, fantastic.

  7. Kate December 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    It’s wonderful to watch this happen after reading about your dreams for it. Congratulations and best of luck!


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