CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: MOROCCO, INC. 2013 NONPROFIT OPPORTUNITIES
TABLE OF CONTENTS WHAT IS CCDM?
HISTORY OF CCDM
AREAS OF SERVICE
WAYS TO GIVE
WHAT IS CCDM? The international nongovernmental organization Creativity and Community Development: Morocco Inc. (CCDM) was legally incorporated as a nonprofit
in the State of Georgia in August, 2012. CCDM uses the peer education method of disseminating information regarding health and environmental issues, leadership, and individual and community empowerment to youth and collegeâ€?age students. The organization is promoting an in-country, sustainable solution to these issues.
ADMINISTRATOR’S FOREWARD .إذا غامرت في شرف مروم فال تقنع بما دون النجوم “If you reach for the highest of ideals, you shouldn’t settle for less than the stars.” –Moroccan Proverb
DEAR CCDM SUPPORTERS, PARTNERS, AND FRIENDS: It has been one year since we first shared with you our commitment to helping address local quality of life needs through sustainable development in rural Morocco. Today, we can happily report that CCDM is working to carry out its initiatives with success. In Ouaouizerth (wah-WE-zart,) peer education and non-formal learning programs are being launched this fall in our newly established CCDM community center. When late Ambassador Christopher Stevens was a Peace Corps Volunteer here three decades ago, his own dedication to teaching in this community left a lasting impact with the local people. In working with them and once again fostering inclusive community development, we hope to carry on his legacy through empowering residents with the skills to improve their own lives. Our recent achievements include the creation of a computer lab with ten computers, and the addition of three local teachers on staff, to train students in information technology. The students who complete training sessions are issued certifications from the Moroccan government to work in this field. A new women’s literacy program has also been founded with the generous support of seven Moroccan government funded teaching positions, and will help 200 local women this year learn how to read and write. CCDM has partnered with local associations, local government officials, and the Moroccan Ministry of Education to ensure project viability and community support for these programs. We hope to further expand development initiatives in the coming year through creating a gym and physical fitness space, sponsoring the creation of a public park and soccer field, and creating jobs through the establishment of a women’s cooperative. We are constantly expanding but need help in doing so. The Ouaouizerth community believes in CCDM, and in our mission. We are grateful to those who have contributed their time and support to CCDM initiatives, and to those who have contributed their insight in developing a strategic development agenda that will enable us to deliver even greater results for Moroccan people. With your continued help and support, we can realize improvements for the community in critical areas that it needs most. Sincerely, Joseph Stincer, MA Executive Director of Community and Creativity Development: Morocco, Inc.
WHY MOROCCO? The Kingdom of Morocco faces increasing policy challenges in addressing widespread youth disaffection during a crucial time in history when radicalism permeates throughout the Maghreb. It is ranked below other Arab countries in major social indicators including primary school completion rates and female literacy, indicating larger systemic issues related to standardized education as well as poverty and unemployment in the country. In Morocco, criticisms of rural Arabic education reflect a deep concern for lack of critical thinking skills, leadership opportunities, and job preparedness among young people. Although they make up more than 30 percent of the total population, a recent World Bank survey found that an overwhelming 49 percent of young people (aged 15-34) in Morocco are neither working or in school. The government has not yet created policy to address long-term solutions to these problems.
CCDM works to improve the lives of Moroccan youth and the development of the Ouaouizerth community by facilitating peer-to-peer educational pathways in basic health, job training, and womenâ€™s empowerment.
Almost all current research and policy initiatives in rural mountain regions stress the need for sustainable development. CCDM uses a sustainable model which works through emphasizing the importance of involving local residents and participants at the grassroots level. This approach accepts that those who are most directly affected by local issues, can best articulate the obstacles they face. This means that CCDM has strategically developed long-term goals and policies through an interactive process that encourages expression of interests and concerns to achieve common needs.
HISTORY OF CCDM In the summer of 2008, a group of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) became immersed a community development project located in a town called Errachidia, near the Moroccan-Saharan desert. This was a sustainability project for empowering adolescents, and creating peer educators to teach health education and critical thinking to small classrooms of participants. Their primary goal was to educate children about various health issues using creative methods such as skits, music and painting. After leaving Africa, and after the PCVs left Africa, they learned that the project was still working with sustainable and measurable outcomes. “Our Peer Education club was fortunately very successful—the 11 Peer Educators demonstrated remarkable creativity and confidence teaching health lessons to roughly 300 college students, and the project gained the full support of the [Moroccan] Ministries of Health and Education, college and dormitory administrations, and Peace Corps” (Carcilli and Feldman, 2008). One of the volunteers working on the project returned to Morocco, and decided that the program should be continued in the Ouaouizerth community, where the need for development was even more prevalent. CCDM is now in the process of achieving 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization, based in Georgia.
LEADERSHIP Joseph Stincer, MA: Executive Director Joseph holds a Masters degree in Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of West Georgia. He is a former Peace Corps Morocco Volunteer, who stayed on after service to continue the mission of helping Moroccans in need. Joe has been living and working in Morocco for five years, and is the founder and director of CCDM.
Kristen Young, MPA: Vice President As the VP of the organization, Kristen is always working to keep everyone together and on task. She also performs extensive research for CCDM, and has written numerous articles on the subject of community development. She receives her MPA from the College of Charleston this fall.
Mary Jacobson, MBA: Treasurer Mary is an active and dedicated board member. She received her MBA from Augusta State University in Augusta Georgia, and is currently the CFO of Savannah Riverkeeper, Inc. In her spare time, Mary is also an adjunct professor at Augusta State University.
Dr. Adrian Amine, MD: Medical & Health Advisor Dr. Adrian Amine, MD is currently a medical doctor at Southern Regional Medical Center. His specialty is Emergency Medicine. He also has an Master's in Public Health. He is vital in our mission due to his qualifications and experience in the health sector.
Susanna Sierra, MA: Social Media Coordinator As a doctoral student in Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of West Georgia, Susanna is an important member of our board. Her enthusiasm for public service (and computer savvy skills) help CCDM â€œget the word outâ€?.
Chris Jacobson, MBA: Promotions and Marketing Chris has been with CCDM since the beginning, conducting all of our public relations. He is currently finishing up his MBA at Georgia Southern University, and will be working with CCDM in-country this fall during project implementation.
Badr Handbali, Information Technology Instructor Volunteer advisers: Azizeddine Abgha, President of Amzawro Association for Development, Environment, and Solidarity Ann-Marie Quinn, Research Assistant at Al Akhawayn University
Our Partners: The Amzawro Association for Development, Environment and Solidarity High Atlas Foundation The Town of Ouaouizerth The College of Charleston The University of West Georgia
VALUES We are a multicultural institution designed to educate underserved Moroccan youth. Our board, staff and volunteers ascribe to the follow aspirational ethics that inform our decisions and the relationship we form with our students, partners, and sponsors:
Personal and professional integrity Guidance by mission
Good Governance Creativity Transparency Inclusivity Responsibility towards financial resources Program Evaluation Legal Compliance Innovation
AREAS OF SERVICE There are three main branches of the CCDM organization and have been pre-approved by the Ministry for Health and Education:
1) Critical thinking education: The colonial legacy of education in Morocco is focused on repetition and memorization. The ability to think creatively and to challenge the ideas and assumptions about the world around you is an absolutely necessary trait that must be nurtured and developed. As the core of CCDMâ€™s proven theory, peer educations will facilitate lessons that test logic skills, frame rational decision-making models and encourage imagination through increasingly difficult rounds in order to develop the mind and the audacity of students to test the unknown.
2) Critical IT: There are no IT or computer skills programs in the province of CCDM. Though there is a large demand for people with computer skills, most have never had the opportunity to sit at a keyboard. A combination of volunteer peer educators and an IT professional will teach adults and high school students basic computer skills and maintenance, typing, Microsoft Office, and eventually advanced software like Adobe Photoshop. Since there are many ways to achieve certain functions on a computer or word processor, it will be a great opportunity to explore and apply the previous critical thinking skills lessons with IT. Moreover, the practice lessons will use information about Moroccan health, statistics, science and research so that students can learn more about their country.
3) Weaving and Looming: Carpets and more specialized weaving is a profitable business in Morocco. However, the businesses that conduct this trade are not evenly dispersed throughout the countryside. There are many skilled women in the town that have the ability to weave and loom but, they need the capital for large looms and a modest space in which to gather outside their homes. CCDM can provide that space while providing them education. The youth, men and women will convene under CCDMâ€™s roof to work, learn and socialize.
CCDM OPERATING BUDGET FY2013
Travel and meetings
Fundraisers and events Foundation Donations Miscellaneous TOTALS
Legal and Accounting Staff Training and Development TOTALS
VARIANCE +/- PRIOR YEAR
VARIANCE +/- PRIOR YEAR
WAYS TO GIVE Our range of giving options reflects an array of giving interests. We are sure that you will find a choice close to your heart. One hundred percent of proceeds go directly to the organization and it's operations (teaching disadvantaged Moroccans), and all donations are tax-deductible.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY NEEDS: Computer
Dry Erase Board
Printer (laser jet)
WOMEN’S CO-OPT NEEDS: Sewing Machine
PEER EDUCATION NEEDS: Build a Bathroom
Peer Education Manuals
OTHER OPTIONS: Sponsor our community garden, used to sustainably feed our students and friends..…………………….…………………………..$300 Sponsor the purchase of a goat, sheep, or chicken. These animals are used as community and family resources for milk, eggs, and wool…………………………………………………………………..…………………………………………………………………………….…….$30-100 Sponsor the creation of a beehive to create a cooperative for natural local honey…………………………………………………….$500
Support our upcoming special community projects including a fitness gym, sports field, and public use park………….$1000
WAYS TO GIVE CAIDAT HONORS LEVEL ($5,000 AND ABOVE) A hand-loomed rug or robe from our women’s cooperative Your name listed on the Sponsorship plaque at the CCDM Community Center
Your name listed the CCDM website Your name featured in a section in of our community mural A dedicated section in our community garden A goat or sheep named in your honor A CCDM t-shirt Postcard from the town of Ouaouizerth with the Director’s thanks
BISEF LEVEL ($1,000-$5,000) Your name listed on the Sponsorship plaque at the CCDM Community Center Your name listed the CCDM website Your name featured in a section of our community mural A chicken from our coop named in your honor
A CCDM t-shirt A bottle of natural honey from our local beekeepers Postcard from the town of Ouaouizerth with the Director’s thanks
SHWIYA LEVEL ($100-$1,000) Your name listed on the CCDM website Your name featured in a section of our community mural A chicken from our coop named in your honor A CCDM t-shirt Postcard from the town of Ouaouizerth with the Director’s thanks
SHUKRAN BISEF (Many Thanks)
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CCDM OR TO MAKE A DONATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: www.ccdmorocco.com Contact us by phone at: 843-323-7996 Mail donations to us at: 438 Wexford Court, Martinez, GA 30908 Mail supplies to us at: Box 8 Ouaouizerth, Azilal, Morocco We also provide volunteer and internship opportunities! Follow us on Twitter: @ccdmorocco Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/ccdmorocco Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ccdmorocco