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Training program for Moroccan women knitters
Training to WOMEN KNITTERS of Morocco: (1) Elaboration and edition of material for the knowledge of the techniques of weaving; (2) Translation of documents (patterns, certificates); and (3) local interpreters during training sessions.
Training to LOCAL ACCOMPANYING adapted mountain guides
Training for LOCAL ACCOMPANYING guides adapted mountain: (1) Elaboration of technical material and protocols of action for guiding people with different physical, intellectual or sensory abilities; (2) Translation of documents (technical manual, certificates, maps); (3) Local interpreters during training sessions.
Travel and support of mountain monitors
2 trips of 5 days for 3 monitors of adapted mountain guide (airplane, lodging and food) - €500/ person / trip
Elaboration of hand-knitted warm clothing
(1) Purchase of wools for the production of hand-woven overcoats; (2) travel to major centers for the collection of woven garments and (3) costs of shipping garments to Morocco
Travel and support of crochet monitors
2 trips to the high Atlas of 5 days for 2 monitor of crochet (airplane, lodging and food) €500 / person / trip
|Total||€ 1.500||€ 9.000|
The main objective of the Project is to promote the rural development of a mountain area (in Morocco) trough specialized training and handicrafts activities.
Both Associations will travel to Morocco in October 2017 in order to donate hand knitted garments for children in rural areas of High Atlas in Morocco, they want to go further: to give to local guiders a wider training on guiding people with special physical, intellectual and sensorial capacities; and to train Moroccan women in new knitting techniques to make warm clothing in order to promote local handicrafts to mountain tourists. To create conditions that allow communities to live in peace and prosperity in their homelands is a great component to make them feel the value of their territory.
Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.
The Project is developed by two nonprofit organizations, and has 3 phases:
(1) to give to local guiders a wider training on guiding people with special physical, intellectual and sensorial capacities.
(2) to elaborate hand knitted garments for children in rural areas of High Atlas in Morocco.
(3) to train Moroccan women in new knitting techniques to make warm clothing in order to promote local handicrafts to mountain tourists.
Why this is important
More than 10 years traveling to the High Atlas area gives us the idea that there are several shortcomings that motivate us to develop a joint project between the MOUNTAINEERS WITHOUT BARRIERS and IAIA Association, of knitters, in relation to the rural development of a Mountain Area: (1) Mountain tourism is an already established activity, although it has many shortcomings that could be improved: monitoring by local guides of good practices and better training in their activity; (2) There is not enough warm clothing and mountain equipment, particularly for mountain guides (they do their work with inappropriate clothing) and children in the region (they are barefoot in winter and their clothes are old and deteriorated); (3) There is an offer of limited products and souvenirs in street vendors. Finding an emerging opportunity in the development of local crafts, differentiated from other regions.
To create conditions that allow communities to live in peace and prosperity in their homelands is a great component to make them feel the value of their territory.
Goals of the crowdfunding campaign
The main objective in short term is to get enough money to edit and publish the training material, to buy wool and to deliver all the knitted garments to the area where the project will be developed. If it would be possible we would like to pay the 3 trips for the teacher, who will donate their time and knowledge.
In a long term, this training material will be ready to download via internet and this will be useful for future campaigns.
MOUNTAINS WITHOUT BARRIERS - GUADARRAMA MOUNTAIN SCHOOL is a club, declared of public interest, founded 10 years ago by the disabled climber Miguel Á. Gavilán López, who develop a social inclusion sport project through the Municipal School of Mountain Adapted Guadarrama, developing activities in the mountain world and the natural environment of any athlete with "different" sensorial, intellectual or physical abilities, as well as the technical training of professionals, sportsmen and volunteers specializing in these groups.
IAIA Association is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to improve the personal well-being, integral health and quality of life of vulnerable groups in a creative way: knitting solidarity. To get this objetive, they created a "knitting therapy" where garments are knitted by collectives needed to fulfill a double objective, (1) occupying the time and mind of the knitters and (2) helping people in need.