Summer 2022 service trip: 
GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT & CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN MOROCCO

In June 2022, seven LIVE Club members traveled to Morocco. After flying to Marrakech, the group traveled several hours into the High Atlas Mountains, where we arrived in the village of Tizi n’Oucheg. After learning about the grassroots development projects that the village is undertaking, with the ultimate goals of increasing the standard of living, expanding education, and encouraging its younger generations to stay in the village, rather than pursue work elsewhere, we spent three days contributing to the village’s current project: the construction of a building that will serve as a local business Cooperative, allowing the women of the village to expand their current practices of making jam, oil, and tea into small micro-businesses. Our team spent three days contributing to the construction of the Coop building: mixing cement and using it to insulate the walls and digging trenches for the building’s plumbing.
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While staying in Tizi n’Oucheg, we were able to not only learn much about the current building project, but also about village life and culture in general. We learned about local life, the problems the village faces, and how they are coming together to overcome these challenges from the village leaders; we were welcomed into the villager’s homes to bake bread with them; and we played a competitive game of soccer against the local teenagers! We also learned some basics of the Arabic language and how Islam influences Morrocan culture. 
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After several days in the village, we traveled back to Marrakech, where we were able to spend several days exploring the city. We toured beautiful historic sites and explored the vibrant and bustling markets of the city center while also continuing our education on Moroccan culture: we took an Arabic calligraphy lesson, had a roundtable discussion with local university students, took a cooking class, and even visited the family home of one of our local guides. 


“Before our adventure to Morocco, I knew next to nothing about Muslim culture and religion allowing America’s view of Africa to blind my perception. After learning about and experiencing Morocco firsthand, I felt ashamed. My ignorant expectations had been succeeded significantly once I spent time in the village. Looking back on this trip, I realize that every human shared insignificant differences, and I hope we can learn to become more connected as a people.”
Racheal Fransen, Class of 2022
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tHANK YOU TO OUR 2021-2022 SPONSORS who made this trip possible: 

Ojai Valley Lions Club

linda taylor

George Locke

Brian Dempsey

Lauri Aloi

Ginger Maxwell

Rayme Rossello

Tracey Nelms

James & Ruth Cooper

M.O. Town Fitness

Mitzi archer

Anna matusevich

Gary & Jenny Windell

Mary Equibel

Karl & Beverly Mallette

Hugh & Eliana Thacher

Ronald & Linda JObmann

IRene Hector

glenn fout

J. Stephen & Priscilla Granade Trust

Mary DeWeese

corrina wright

salvatore demauro

Jenna Stockwell

Marcus & Eva Kettles

Kim Sprout

Ojai Valley Optimist Club

Natascha Dea Burdeinei

Wanda Weller

Kirsten Miles

Sami Zahringer

Ruth Reid

Chad Pearson

Sarah Bremner

Ann Marie Parent

David Anderson

Jonathon & Linda Lambert

Kara Hooper

Judith Lee Oberlander

Gary & Olivia Mull

David Fransen

Ira & Lindsey Stockwell

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michael caldwell

linda burr

Beverly Schuberth

Dennis Guernsey

Mia Martinez

Eric Stoen

Tamara & Martin Lanmead

Kenneth & Kathleen McAlpine

Susan Crutchfield

Kandis Geise

rotary club of ojai west

the chabad of Ojai

Aman Segal

Shay BuckBuck

Keri Setnicka

John Lewis

Cheryl Jensen

Santa Paula Rotary Club

Sharon Smith

Alfred Foster

Susan Bee

Ernie Hudson

Jeff Sanders

Wendy bonvechio

Barbara Miller

Jordan Hitt

Sydney Walker

Ryan & JenNifer Burkett

Lillian Tally

Jim Halverson

Richard Bolton

Sybil & David DeMauro

Pamela Weiant

Sydney Walker

Carole Day

Kim Bruce