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.
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.
Fatiha, 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.