High Atlas Earthquake

Relief Fund

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All relief efforts are being carried out by the GDF and MBLA (Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association) teams together. A list of our other partners can be found at the bottom of this section. This page is updated frequently with daily efforts and upcoming activities which can be found in detailed time based updates at the bottom of this page.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Just before midnight on 8 September a massive earthquake struck Marrakech and the High Atlas with deadly force. GDF and its local partners are committed to providing immediate and long-term support to alleviate the immense suffering of rural communities where we’ve been working for more than a decade. Our hearts ache as many in our team and communities have lost their families and seen their homes reduced to rubble. Coupled with the loss of their loved ones and belongings, they now also face challenges in accessing drinking water, food and basic supplies. These villages are amongst the most marginalised and remote in Morocco, and we need your support to help us provide relief and rebuild.

It pains us to share the devastating news from our dedicated community researcher, Fadma, in Talat Naikoube. She’s been an indispensable part of our team, tirelessly supporting our fieldwork in the High Atlas in Al-Haouz. Tragically, she has lost close family members, and her village has been severely affected, with homes reduced to rubble. We have received requests for help from many of the co-operatives we work with, to offer assistance in areas which are underserved.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

The earthquake was the strongest to hit central Morocco in more than a century.  Nearly 3000 lives have been lost & countless homes & buildings have been destroyed. Displaced people in High Atlas communities need urgent assistance including clothing, food, shelter & water. Coupled with the loss of their loved ones & belongings, they now also face challenges in accessing drinking water, food & basic supplies. Over the long term, these communities will need to rebuild their lives & livelihoods. 

HOW WILL WE HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM?

Global Diversity Foundation has been working in the High Atlas for more than a decade, directly assisting communities there. We’ve received word that many in our communities have lost their family and homes. Given our deep ties with the region, we’re working on the ground with our Moroccan partners to address the most urgent needs including emergency medical services, food, water, shelter & transport. We are committed to continue our support to assist communities with long-term recovery.

LONG-TERM IMPACT

GDF has supported the resilience of traditional livelihoods in the High Atlas for over a decade. Once the urgent aid work is over, we will use funds to help families rebuild their homes, incorporating earthquake-resistant construction techniques, & re-establish their traditional ways of living & working. Our approach is community-led & prioritises their pressing needs over the coming months to ensure that people’s lives & livelihoods are rehabilitated as soon as possible.

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Our efforts have garnered attention from major news outlets, including the Guardian, CNN and BBC, who have accompanied us into the field and borne testament to our work.

Overview of Work so far

Fast Field Team Deployment

  • Our organisation transformed its focus overnight from social and ecological justice to disaster relief. We were able to provide assistance across all our working hubs in the High Atlas regions, thanks to the agility and unwavering commitment of our team members in Morocco and worldwide. We are now reorienting our High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Program to focus on helping communities find their feet again, whilst upholding core programme values of maintaining cultural practices, local biodiversity and sustainable ways of living.

Coordinating Supplies and Support 

  • We are not only mobilising our own resources, but also organising donations, volunteers and visits with other organisations to combine efforts. We have come up with an efficient system of skill and resource based allocation to get the communities the help they need.
  • We are lending our expert knowledge and field team in the High Atlas to medical organisations like Aerial Recovery and Association de Amis du CHU, animal aid organisations like SPANA, international organisations like Hope Aid and Mercy Malaysia and many others to deliver effective interventions.

Evolving Interventions

  • We have provided blankets, tents, mattresses, hygiene products, sanitary napkins, baby formula, food, water and water storage tanks, medicines, shoes, clothes, electric cables, lights and batteries to many communities which had received little aid. We are still providing these essentials to underserved communities and are constantly updating the status and needs of varied locations in the High Atlas. 
  • In communities where urgent needs have been met, we have started the next phase of action by building toilets and temporary homes, providing livestock fodder and cooking supplies so that communities can start returning to a semblance of normalcy. All our distributions are based on a careful needs assessment and distribution strategy carried out with inputs from local village committees (jemaa).

Long Term Strategy

  • We are also keeping in mind long term rebuilding in all our efforts, including a focus on gender and mental health, waste reduction, restoration of traditional livelihoods and minimal disruption of children’s routines and schooling. 
  • We are partnering with a coalition of other organisations and experts to assist with different components of this action plan, such as architects who are leaders in the field of earthquake resistant traditional housing, associations working on children’s schooling, psychologists and more.

Reliable Information and Assistance

  • We have also been providing select media outlets and international aid agencies with updates from the ground to ensure respectful and responsible documentation of the situation and a community led approach to relief efforts. This has helped us ensure that sensitivity and service are at the forefront of any coverage and foreign assistance.

Fundraising for the Future

  • With our donors’ unwavering support, we’ve raised nearly £130,000 for urgent relief till date! We have also secured and continue to seek funding for a comprehensive long term plan that includes rehabilitation and rebuilding once urgent needs are met. Thanks to all our incredible partners and donors we’re committing to making an impact both in the short term and long term.

 

List of partners: 

Association des Amis du CHU

Cadi Ayyad University

CorpsAfrica

Emerging Business Factory

Al Joud Foundation

Vital Voices

SPANA

Aerial Recovery

List of donors:

Choose Love

Hans Wilsdorf Foundation

Knodel Foundation

Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation

The Joseph Ettedgui Charitable Foundation

Itrane & Globus

Baha Transport

Executive Insight

Jnane Tamsna

Alf Tansif

AKSAM

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Following the selection of crops in collaboration with local farmers, we are now distributing varieties of Corn and Cucurbitaceae. To ensure top quality, rigorous tests have been conducted to ensure the seeds’ purity and viability.

As part of our collaborative approach, we recently took a trip to the seeds market with the farmers to assess the quality of purchased seeds and confirm the test results. This step is crucial, as it not only facilitates seed distribution but also strengthens our collaboration with farmers in earthquake-affected areas.

Meanwhile, the construction of additional animal shelters continues. As of now, over 25 shelters have been completed across various villages within the Talat N’Yaakoub and Ighil Communes. Our field team is dedicated to increasing this number and exploring innovative methods to construct more sustainable shelters.

Through a collaboration with the Moroccan Animal Aid Association, our recent efforts have provided assistance to the communities of Imegdal commune. In Taourirt Village alone, 100 fodder bales were distributed, extending support to over 60 families and providing much-needed sustenance to their livestock. The allocation of these essential resources for each family was determined based on the size and variety of their livestock, ensuring fair distribution and maximum benefit.

In total, 550 bales of Fessa were distributed across numerous villages within the Imegdal and Ighil communes. This widespread effort aimed to support the agricultural resilience of local households, providing sustenance for their livestock during challenging times.

Additionally, with the support of SPANA, 500 working animals received comprehensive check-ups and veterinary care throughout the 26 villages of the Ighil commune. This initiative underscores our commitment to the well-being of all animals within our communities, ensuring they receive the care they deserve.

Simultaneously, our focus on water infrastructure assessments has been paramount. In collaboration with the local association Affass, our dedicated team evaluated the reservoirs and water canals in the douars of Tafarghouste and Oukhribine. These assessments serve as crucial steps towards enhancing access to clean and reliable water sources for affected villagers. With assessments successfully completed in the Talat N’Yaaqoub commune, we are now positioned to finalize a comprehensive work plan, furthering our mission to improve living standards and promote sustainable development within these communities.

This week’s initiatives centred around providing essential support in the form of winter clothing distributions to enhance comfort and building of animal shelters, particularly in light of the decreasing temperatures in the High Atlas. Over 70 jackets were distributed in the village of Anbdour, Talat N’Yaakoub. Additionally, 300 meters of electrical cable were delivered to the villagers in Amerzagan, Ighil to ensure access to electricity for light and heating resources.

The building of animal shelters is also ongoing. As of now, 17 shelters have been successfully built within the Communes of Talat N’Yaakoub and Ighil. Moving forward, our dedicated field team is actively conducting assessments and evaluations of the constructed shelters in the villages of Alous, Anbdour and Ifouri, with the aim of enhancing their durability.

A huge thank you to all our supporters who share our commitment to empowering the villagers of the High Atlas villagers and fostering resilience within their communities.

Throughout the past week, our focus was on fostering collaborations and making preparations for future activities and initiatives in the High Atlas region. The activities included a collaboration with ATDES association, the local association of Douar Tanzaat, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the water infrastructures in the Talat N’Yaaqoub commune. With its unique infrastructure, our field team is engaged in ongoing evaluations of the traditionally built water reservoirs, canals and watermills in the area. The aim of this initiative is to identify areas in need of repair to ensure the sustainability of these resources.

Simultaneously, Marrakech saw the launch of the Atlas Recovery Connect project, a digital earthquake response project initiated and engineered by the Emerging Business Factory (EBF) in collaboration with MBLA and GDF. The platform, designed to centralise earthquake response data and information through a digital mapping space, represents a major step forward in enhancing the effectiveness and organisation of relief response benefitting the affected communities. 

In a big step toward community well-being efforts and in collaboration with our partners, over 200 heaters were distributed in the villages of Tawrirte and Amslane in Imegdal. This initiative helps provide warmth for the villagers in the affected areas, especially during the current colder months. To add a heartwarming touch, toys were distributed to the children of the school in Tawrirte, bringing smiles to the young members of the community.

Additionally, over 20 modern toilets equipped with heaters have been installed in the communes of Imegdal, Ijoukak and Ighil. Construction plans are also in motion to set up three platforms for two classrooms with annexes in each commune.

Furthermore, to fulfill our commitment to disaster response, GDF partnered with EBF to launch the Earthquake Response Digital Project. This initiative uses technology for efficient mapping and timely responses to earthquake-related emergencies.

In the field, our team assessed animal shelters in three villages: Alous, Anbdour and Ifourir. All necessary materials for building livestock shelters are ready in Ighil. The next step involves designing a shelter model and closely coordinating with each village for construction. This holistic approach ensures a sustainable improvement in living conditions in the targeted communities post-earthquake.

Our commitment to community welfare remains unwavering, and we look forward to witnessing the positive impact of these initiatives on the lives of the villagers in the communities we work with.

In the aftermath of the earthquake in the High Atlas region, efforts to assist the affected communities are in full swing. Assessments of water infrastructure have been completed in the Imegdal and Ighil Communes as part of the recovery phase of the Earthquake relief efforts conducted in the High Atlas. Unfortunately, many water reservoirs, canals and Sagias were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, halting the communities that relied on them just before the planting season.

The assessment included a thorough evaluation of the infrastructure of the reservoirs, the number of douars (villages) and households benefiting from them, and the surface area of agricultural terraces covered. Our goal is to plan and guide the reconstruction of these vital water reservoirs, enabling local communities to become more resilient in the post-earthquake period.

Working hand-in-hand with our local partners, significant progress has been made in various initiatives. In water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) actions, showers and toilets have been assembled for five villages in the Ighil Commune. Simultaneously, the douars of Aït Hssain, Izilalen, and Taourirt in the Imegdal Commune have received fodder for their livestock.

In addition to the accomplished initiatives, it is crucial to highlight that the interventions undertaken will continue to have a substantial impact on the affected communities. Ongoing planning and assessments are underway to determine the most effective ways to extend support and benefit the communities on a larger scale. We remain committed to the long-term recovery and well-being of the communities in the High Atlas, ensuring that our efforts contribute to the sustained improvement of their lives. Your continued support is instrumental in making these endeavours successful, and we look forward to further enhancing the positive outcomes for the communities in need.

The last two weeks have been marked by the successful implementation of actions to assist villagers and aid working animals.

Working along Moroccan Animal Aid and the local association of the villages in the Ighil Commune, more than 140 tons of animal feed were distributed across a total of 29 villages in Ighil. This effort has benefited nearly 500 working animals in the douars of Ighil, Tassila, Bouhalbak, Ourzdin, Taourirt (Nait Salh), Amerzagan, Izaran, Ouddfit, Tadafalte, Tiguerte, Tizi N’tiguerte, Amskerajn, Aguerd, Ait Chrah, Tizirt, Tazeghzaoute, Tamzaman,Tanfghikht, Aghalla, Tamsoulte, Taourirte, Aoudid, Arg, Timslah, Asloune, Tirkht, Tachaoukst, Agadir and Alous.

Additionally, winter clothes distributions have been completed to provide comfort in the Al Haouz region. This time, a collection of winter clothes has been distributed to the villages of Ouddift and Izaran in the Ighil Commune, aiming to bring warmth during the freezing winter season.

We thank you again for your enduring support in helping the villagers in need and contributing to the reconstruction of the High Atlas.

This week marked significant progress in earthquake relief efforts, with impactful activities centred on aiding the affected communities. In the communes of Talat N’Yaaqoub and Ighil, the third and fourth rounds of seed distribution were a success, demonstrating a collective effort between local associations and collaborative partners.

In a coordinated initiative, a total of 15 tons of barley, 500 kg of Faba beans, 200 kg of peas, 20 kg of carrots, and 20 kg of turnips were distributed in each commune. This extensive seed distribution directly benefited farmers and villagers in more than 55 douars, all of whom were struggling with the aftermath of the earthquake, having lost their seeds. Timely execution ensured that the seeds reached the communities just in time for the anticipated rains this week.

The local associations expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the distributed seeds, paving the way for future steps in the relief process. upcoming activities will involve closely monitoring the progress of the crops, repairing essential irrigation canals, and conducting laboratory tests on the distributed seeds to ensure their efficacy.

In collaboration with Sign of Hope, a visit was also made to the heavily impacted villages of Okhriben, Lmkhazen, and Targa in the Imegdal commune. The focus was on delivering essential hygiene products to these communities, including soap, shampoo, sanitary pads, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Recognizing the harsh winter conditions faced by those taking shelter in non-cold-resistant tents, the relief efforts extended to providing much-needed winter clothing. The continuous support from generous donors, who contributed winter clothing, baby diapers, children’s toys, and various other essential items, played an essential role in enhancing the impact of the relief activities. We express our gratitude for your unwavering support in assisting the communities in need during these critical moments.

The second round of seed distribution in the targeted commune of Ijoukak unfolded seamlessly, marking another significant step in our agricultural outreach efforts. A diverse selection of seeds was distributed in large quantities, including 15 tons of barley, 500 kg of Faba beans, 300 kg of peas, and approximately 100 kg of assorted vegetables.

This initiative reached a broad number of beneficiaries, spanning across 26 douars and local associations within the commune. Beyond the tangible impact of providing essential seeds, the distribution served as an opportunity to gather information and data regarding the farmer demographics in each douar for future distributions and potential collaborations.

The experience garnered from the first distribution in Imegdal proved instrumental in executing an organized and expeditious delivery of seeds to the targeted communities in Ijoukak.

Similar to the approach taken in the first distribution, all preliminary tests, including the traditional 48-hour germination test, were diligently conducted. This commitment to thorough testing ensures the quality and viability of the distributed seeds, thereby reinforcing our commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and long-term success in the High Atlas communities.

This week marked a significant milestone in the Imegdal region as we initiated the distribution of seeds, an important step in our earthquake relief efforts in the High Atlas. In collaboration with local associations in each douar, more than 25 douars have benefited from this essential intervention by identifying the farmers in need and allocating instrumental seed supplies.

The farmers, key beneficiaries of this seed distribution, expressed genuine satisfaction with both the quality of the seeds and the seamless distribution process. A noteworthy aspect of this initiative was the additional step taken by the farmers themselves, who conducted an initial assessment to evaluate the purity of the distributed seeds—a customary practice among them. This agrobiodiversity conservation action garnered appreciation and acclaim, standing out as a unique and impactful measure that significantly uplifted the spirits of the earthquake-affected community, particularly those who had lost their seeds.

Simultaneously, in a collaborative effort with the Animal Aid Association, we extended our support to farmers in Imegdal and Ighil through a livestock-focused initiative. A total of 550 alfalfa bales are currently being distributed, reinforcing our commitment to aiding farmers in their journey toward recovery and resilience. This livestock action adds another layer of assistance to the affected communities, further enhancing their ability to rebuild and overcome the challenges posed by the earthquake.

Significant progress has been made in seed and agriculture-related interventions this week. Our field team and local farmers from the High Atlas visited the seed souk, conducting a thorough assessment to ascertain the purity of the available seeds. Thanks to these thorough assessments, a truck was loaded with 15 tons of Barley, 500 kg of Faba beans, 300 kg of peas and 30 kg of onions, carrots, and turnips. This diverse seed collection was transported to the Imegdal commune for distribution. Local associations, deeply acquainted with the region and its inhabitants, are teaming up with us for a smooth distribution that aims to ensure effective and equitable dissemination.

The upcoming phases of the earthquake relief initiatives related to seeds include distribution, testing, monitoring (from sowing to crops) and result analysis to evaluate the impact of the conducted agrobiodiversity conservation actions on enhancing food security in subsistence-based farming systems within earthquake-hit areas of the High Atlas.

As for shelter interventions and safety concerns, three villages – Tassila, Amerzagan and Taourirte – have now received support in the form of heaters and cosy winter clothing. Thanks to Shelterbox and the earthquake response field team’s local knowledge and expertise, a comprehensive assessment of shelter conditions took place in four villages within the Ighil region. This evaluation paved the way for the allocation of over 100 winterised tents to benefit the villages of Amskerajn, Tiguerte and Tizi Ntiguerte, with distribution scheduled for the upcoming week and subsequent launches in the following weeks.

In close collaboration with our partners, we are also addressing the needs of villages facing challenges in benefiting from temporary shelters due to limited terraces and the risk of collapse. Our efforts in this regard are part of a broader commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of communities affected by the earthquake. It is all about coming together to make a difference!

Following assessments aimed at determining the necessary seeds to salvage the impending November agricultural season, a comprehensive inventory of requisites was compiled. This compilation, detailing both quantities and associated prices, is grounded in the information we acquired through direct engagement with the villagers and farmers residing in the affected areas of Imegdal, Ighil, Ijoukak and Talat N’Yaaqoub. The core of this requisition centres around seeds, primarily encompassing onion, barley, carrots, turnip, peas and faba beans – all of paramount significance during the Fall agricultural season in the High Atlas.

Simultaneously, efforts were made to assess the urgency of repairing drinking and irrigation water reservoirs, as well as restoring segments of the damaged water canals. This restorative effort is essential in ensuring the consistent irrigation of the terraced fields, which are the lifeblood of these communities.

Additionally, our team is actively evaluating the ongoing requirements to sustain collaborative vegetable distribution initiatives, in partnership with the British Moroccan Society and the Amal Association. These partnerships have proven to be instrumental in providing essential sustenance to those affected by the earthquake.

Our commitment extends beyond simple provisioning; we are dedicated to meticulously overseeing the entire process of seed distribution and subsequent planting. This hands-on approach aims to provide assistance and guidance to the communities that have suffered significant hardships in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Your support plays a pivotal role in driving our unwavering dedication to these initiatives, helping us alleviate challenges and enhance the resilience of the affected communities. In the long term, we are preparing for a comprehensive assessment, delving into both immediate needs and the long-lasting impact of agrobiodiversity conservation to strengthen food security for subsistence farmers.

During the past week, the earthquake relief mission had a primary focus on enhancing the living conditions in the remote villages, especially Anamer and Warti villages, situated in the Imegdal region. Over 100 heaters were distributed to these villages, along with essential items such as clothing, shoes and art supplies for the children. This initiative aimed to bring comfort to the residents as the temperature is gradually decreasing in this area.

In the village of Targa, which is home to 64 families, the focus shifted toward enhancing sanitation and hygiene. To this end, four portable toilets were installed, addressing the vital needs of the community.

Moving on to the Ighil region, Tadafalte village witnessed a significant milestone as 70 families received their first produce batch, contributing to their sustenance.

Meanwhile, in collaboration with SPANA and SOREC, livestock-centred interventions were carried out, benefiting the communities in the douars of Taourirt, Anammer and Warti. A total of 105 donkeys and mules underwent clinical examinations to ensure their well-being, and these same douars received 110 bags of feed to support their livestock.

We’re excited to share that our unwavering commitment to supporting earthquake-affected communities in the High Atlas Mountains has taken a significant step forward. We have formed strong partnerships with local NGOs, associations and cooperatives to work together in extending support to the villagers residing in the affected regions in this time of need. Our collective efforts are dedicated to ensuring their long-term recovery and fostering resilience in these challenging times.

Our journey took us to the heart of Demnat, where we engaged with the focal points of four douars, aiming to gain an in-depth understanding of the current conditions of the communities. It was essential for us to conduct a real-time assessment post-earthquake, enabling us to better tailor our support and assistance to their specific needs.

We also introduced the Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP) to the communities in the douars we visited. This is all part of our efforts to broaden the horizons of the Morocco Program. We were able to conduct thorough assessments of the specific needs of each douar, setting the stage for upcoming SLP initiatives and agrobiodiversity activities.

Our journey into Imegdal has taken us deeper into the heart of the community as we explored several douars in preparation for upcoming distributions and animal care interventions. During our visits, we engaged in candid conversations with local families and conducted insightful interviews with remarkable women. These interactions solidified our connection with the community, setting the groundwork for accurate needs assessments. As we move forward, these connections will be instrumental in ensuring the smooth and equitable delivery of our support and interventions in the High Atlas. 

On the 10th of October 2023, we embarked on a mission to the Lmakhzen Village within the Ijoukak commune. Our objective was to deliver 43 gas heaters to the families residing in this village. Furthermore, in preparation for the impending winter chill, we stored an additional 111 gas heaters in Imegdal, reserving them for a future distribution event scheduled for the villages of Warti and Anamer.

During this visit, we were able to distribute essential supplies received from our Agadir team. At the same time, we got the opportunity to evaluate the quality of the temporary shelters set in the region, a particularly pressing concern given the plummeting temperatures and the encroaching winter season.

Our journey did not end in Ijoukak. We continued onwards to Talat N’Yaaqoub, where we met with one of the cooperatives with whom we have been collaborating with. Our primary goal was to have a deeper understanding of their specific requirements. We engaged their representative to gather a comprehensive list of their immediate needs to better shape our ongoing needs assessment for this period.

In our continuous commitment to assist the underserved communities of this region, we next found ourselves in Imi Uzrgi, where we met with the focal point responsible for coordinating relief efforts. A thorough needs assessment was also conducted there to better understand their needs. With this knowledge, we are now better equipped to provide the necessary supplies, including heaters, blankets, flashlights and various other essentials to ensure the comfort and well-being of those we are here to support.

Last Thursday, we teamed up with three Belgian doctors for a special mission to Ait Lkak village in Oukaimeden. The focus of our visit was to provide essential medical assistance to 81 patients hailing from three villages: Ait Lkak, Ibaraghn, and Id’Ihya.

During this visit, we not only offered medical care but also distributed vital supplies that can make a tangible difference. Tents were provided to offer shelter, while boxes brimming with clothing, sandals and shoes were handed out to ensure comfort and protection.

But our efforts did not stop there. We also have just received a shipment from our dedicated Agadir team, destined for Marrakech. This shipment contains much-needed supplies like mattresses, blankets, solar torches, solar projectors, shoes, baby formula, baby bottles, diapers, shampoo, soap, dry and canned food items and five large bags of clothes. These items will make a significant difference during our next visits.

As we look ahead, we are gearing up for a series of visits planned for the upcoming week, with a particular focus on the welfare of animals in various regions and communes. We believe in the well-being of both people and animals.

In collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA), we will be conducting on-site veterinary visits in Imegdal. Our aim is to assess the health conditions of working animals and ensure they receive the care they deserve. Simultaneously, we will be partnering with the Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC) to provide feed supplies to animals in the affected villages.

We believe that every act of kindness and every gesture of support brings us one step closer to creating a brighter and healthier future for all. We thank our partners and supporters for making our mission possible, and we look forward to continuing this journey in the years to come. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Thank you for being a part of our mission.

In partnership with Muslim Care Malaysia, we visited four different communities to offer essential supplies. These supplies included 250 boxes of vegetables, five cows worth of meat and 6 tonnes of fodder.

We distributed these supplies to various villages in different regions. In the Imegdal commune, the supplies were given to the villages of Ourigh, Tiniskt, Igherm, Imidl, Wakhfamane, Anamer, Warti and Tawrirt. In the Ijoukak commune, the village of Targa received support, benefiting 64 families. The Talat N’Yaaqoub area saw assistance reaching Ifourirn and Mzouzite villages, and in the Ighil commune, Amarzeguane and Tisila villages also received aid.

Additionally, as part of a coalition-building effort, we organised a meeting in Marrakech with various NGOs and associations. These organizations played a significant role in providing relief during the earthquake. During the meeting, disaster relief experts guided us on the next steps and how to improve our organization to provide the best possible support to the affected villages.

The past week saw us make several interventions and undertake meticulous planning in preparation for the upcoming weeks. Here is a summary of the significant achievements and progress made during this week:

Tiniskt Visit: 

On Thursday, September 28th, our team, accompanied by dedicated members of Muslim Care Malaysia, visited Tiniskt and the plant nursery in Imgdal, the basecamp of villagers from Ourigh. Our primary goal was to distribute essential supplies to the villagers and assess their ongoing needs. 

Demnat Distribution: 

Our commitment to making a difference extends beyond Tiniskt. On Friday, September 29th, our team carried out a distribution in Commune Ait Tamlil in Demnate. We provided critical resources, including food supplies, flashlights and solar projectors, to 30 families. This initiative was made possible through our partnership with Cooperative Imiri and Cooperative Demnatna, who have been invaluable in helping us assess the evolving needs of the community.

Visit to the Zerkten School Complex:

The team had a fruitful visit to the Zerkten school complex alongside the Association des Amis du CHU to assess the needs in this area. During this visit, they witnessed the distribution of monthly allocations to support widowed mothers residing in some of the 35 villages within the rural commune. Additionally, the team had the opportunity to observe the prefabricated temporary classrooms, which are being used to replace some of the 555 schools that were destroyed in the earthquake in Al Haouz Province.

Understanding the Experience: 

This trip allowed us to gain a profound understanding of the challenges faced by the people of Demnate. In Douar Taslent N’Ait Mgoun, almost half of the families have lost their homes to the earthquake and have had to create makeshift camps in a flat area of the Douar. In Douar Imziln, we extended our support to widowed women, recognizing their unique struggles and offering a helping hand. 

Through your unwavering support, we continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by the earthquake.

After a well-deserved restful weekend, our Agadir-based team, led by our SLP Assistant, Fatiha, sprung into action. Thanks to the assistance of Al-Farah Association, a truck was made available for us to dispatch essential supplies for distribution in Douar Snikt, Amizmiz Commune. The supplies included: 100 pairs of shoes, 30 mattresses, 20 duvets, 10 blankets, 24 packs of baby formula, 24 baby bottles, 10 solar projectors and 12 solar flashlights. 

Meanwhile, over in Marrakech, our dynamic team dedicated their day to replenishing and restocking our supplies, gearing up for upcoming field interventions in areas we haven’t visited yet like Demnate. We are also preparing to launch an initiative focused on seed and livestock assessments. This strategic undertaking aims to empower the resilient villagers, helping them bounce back from the hardships inflicted by the earthquake. Our team of experts is collaborating with specialists to ensure we provide the best support possible to the affected High Atlas regions.

Both field teams took a well deserved rest today as urgent needs have been met. The team is now taking the opportunity to plan out longer interventions such as toilet construction, rebuilding of schools and winter supplies.

  • Our Agadir based team, led by our SLP assistant Fatiha, visited 3 douars (Azilal, Ali Mhned, and Birbouin) in the commune of M’zouda in the Chichaoua Province. We distributed 30 boxes of food and hygiene products along with 25 duvets, 20 blankets, 40 mattresses, and 90 pairs of shoes to 30 families.
  • After assessing the situation, the team determined that these 3 douars did not need solar projectors or flashlights and returned them to Agadir to be distributed when needed. We also packed baby formula and bottles, which were subsequently given to Igun A’allah douar since the first three villages visited did not require them. Our approach is needs based and we are taking care to not inundate villages with unnecessary supplies which will later contribute to waste generation.
  • The Marrakech team undertook an assessment trip, along with Mercy Malaysia who could potentially offer assistance in rebuilding these communities. The roads continue to be treacherous with the team braving falling debris and rocks enroute. We visited our plant nursery in Imegdal which many NGOs and the army are using as a storage location for all kinds of aid. 39 families are currently camping in the nursery.
  • We distributed supplies to the camp in the plant nursery, to Tiniskt and to Tinml in Talat N yacoub. Supplies included 5 boxes of vegetables, 3000 eggs, 60 bottles of shampoo, 16kg of meat, 10kg of lentils and 10kg of beans. Our focus has shifted from providing immediate food to now providing staples so that communities can resume cooking and regain some sense of normalcy.
  • We were able to distribute supplies to Imlil and Armed in response to a request from one of our cooperatives, Aswik. Supplies included: 

3 big bags of clothes

16 socks

8 toys for children

7 Beanies

8 gloves

4 toothbrushes

6 packs of sanitary napkins for women

2 blankets

15 children’s sandals 

10 children’s shoes

2 adult boots for winter

10 pairs of shoes for adults

30 solar flashlights (2 per tent) 

5 solar projectors

4 packets of baby formula

6 bags of flour, 10 kg each

  • Two representatives from the Korean Buddhist Foundation accompanied us during today’s visit. They conducted an assessment in Tinisekt and are currently evaluating the situation. Their leadership is expected to arrive in Morocco in October to launch additional initiatives following their evaluation.
  • We have also identified more underserved communities where food, cookware, tents, blankets and children’s school supplies are needed, which we will provide in the next few days. We are planning to stock extra clothes and supplies to be distributed at later dates as certain villages have been inundated with excessive donations, whilst others have received less supplies. Our action plan also emphasises waste reduction and reuse of materials, including clothes.
  • Prototypes of insulated Quonset huts are ready to be tested as temporary shelters in some of our hubs. We are also establishing contact with volunteers and organisations to set up other winter resistant temporary housing.
  • Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of incredible donors, we have raised nearly 125,000 GBP through our 2 crowdfunding campaigns on Paypal and GlobalGiving.
  • We were able to deliver 24 tonnes of animal feed from AKSAM to Imegdale. Due to high demand from the surrounding villages for fodder, we will be sending two more shipments of 16 tonnes each this week with the aim of halting locals from selling their remaining livestock. 
  • We collected plumbing materials to build toilets in response to a specific request from one of our cooperatives. These supplies will soon reach them, alongside winter clothes and shoes. We arranged a translator for the Aerial Recovery team to help them continue providing medical aid in Tineskt.
  • We also started developing strategies and partnerships for mental health, with emphasis on gendered approaches and children’s mental health.

  • 4 volunteers led by our SLP assistant Fatiha reached Talmakant after travelling 120 km from Agadir to distribute supplies to 3 douars (Kakt, Amdrous, and Kormad) within the Id-Oumhmoud tribe in the Taroudant province. These douars are urgently in need of food, basic clothing, blankets and mattresses. 
  • We prepared 30 boxes, each containing food and hygiene products, along with clothes. Supplies also include 100 pairs of shoes, 37 blankets and 30 mattresses. The supplies will be distributed tomorrow as it was late when the team arrived. Locals insisted that the team spend the night, and they will return to Agadir tomorrow. 
  • In these three villages, a collaborative approach was taken by the jema3a (village committee), with donations collected and sorted to ensure equitable distribution among all families. This approach aimed to provide comprehensive support to the families by combining our supplies with contributions from two local NGOs.
  • Our Marrakech team visited 5 douars, accompanied by the Aerial Recovery and Mercy Malaysia teams. 
  • – In Douar Tiniskt: 3 doctors from Aerial Recovery examined around 30 locals with our team providing translations between doctors and patients
  • – In Douar Bour Ouddif ; Douar Aslloune; Douar Agadir Noumarkhssen; Douar Tirekht in the Ighil commune which was the epicentre of the earthquake: We distributed 29 covers, 10 projectors with solar panels, 10 flashlights, 12 infant milks, 5 boots for adults, 10 shoes for adults, 24 children’s sandals and a big clothing bag for the winter. 
  • We are currently consolidating several fodder supplies and medicines to be distributed based on community requests. We are also mobilising to respond to an urgent request for food supplies from one of our cooperative members in the largest Douar community in Lalla Takerkoust, Amzough Chetoui, where more than 280 households are currently without a home.
  • Today our team was able to provide treatment to 78 people in Taourirt, Semghourt, and Taghzout villages with the help of the Aerial Recovery team. We also distributed olive oil, fava beans, oranges and clothes were in Aourigh and Anammer villages
  • We transported a generous donation of 6 tons of animal feed to the Imegdal nursery, courtesy of Alf Tansift. We will also be sending more fodder to the nursery soon, and this will be distributed amongst surrounding villages.
  • We are also meeting with varied international NGOs to help streamline their efforts and direct their donations and expertise towards different needs and communities.
  • We helped the Aerial Recovery team set up camp in Tawrirt to provide medical assistance. They will provide aid over the next 4 days and we accompanied them with essential medicines and medical supplies.
  • Most of our team took a well deserved rest today, after over a week of continuous visits and around the clock monitoring of aid requests. The team also took this opportunity to strategise on field visits, work flow and supply distribution over the coming week.
  • Supplies from our Agadir team reached Marrakech, to be distributed starting tomorrow. Next week we are procuring the materials needed to build toilets in the tented camps, in response to a request from displaced community members.
  • Our team visited the 36 families from Awrigh village that are currently camping in Imegdale plant nursery to assess their specific needs and distribute the following supplies:

– Solar Lamps: 5 units 

– Sandals

-Tents: 3 units

-Electricity Cable: 100 metres

  • We then visited Tiniskt and Ifghan villages to assess the extent of devastation in the area. In Ifghan, the houses are completely inhabitable, with 60 households currently living in tents or in the open. Thankfully, there have been no reported deaths in the village, but they have lost 90% of their livestock and seed storage. Supplies Delivered: One big tent, solar lamps and sandals.
  • The most pressing present needs are toilets, tents and plastic coverings to protect against the weather. We are working with various suppliers and donors to arrange these and with community representatives to assess where and how shelter and sanitation facilities can be set up.
  • We also arranged for volunteers to distribute supplies in Agured Village, Oukaimeden. Supplies Delivered:

– Blankets: 48

– Mattresses: 25

– Warm Clothes

– Sandals

  • We are working with the Aerial Recovery team to send medical caravans on future trips and with Archimath to assess how houses can be rebuilt using paraseismic techniques and local materials. We are also collecting fodder from various places to be distributed from next week.
  • Upon receiving distressing calls for help from Mejjat, outside Al Haouz province in the Marrakesh-Safi Region, where some villages had received minimal aid since the earthquake hit, our team urgently collected supplies and made the trip to deliver 65 emergency thermal isolation blankets, clothing, and baby formula.
  • Our team distributed supplies to 37 families across three villages in Mejjat (Birbbou, Azilal and oumh’end). The aid distribution process involved designating an individual to carefully identify the families in need across the three villages. 
  • After identifying the families, we put together 37 sets of supplies, wrote families’ names on bits of paper, and conducted a fair random selection to ensure equitable allocation as some items were in short supply or different. The BBC accompanied our field team to conduct interviews, allowing those affected to share their stories and shed light on the organised distribution process. 
  • Our Agadir based team sent 2 deliveries to Marrakech containing blankets, duvets, solar projectors, solar torches and shoes with the help of transport donated by Itrane & Globus and Baha Trans. The team assembled 30 sets of 2 bags, one containing basic food and the other containing hygiene products, to be distributed in Chichaoua province which is still in need of more basic provisions. 
  • We also procured more supplies to create another 20 sets to be dispatched in the coming days. The rest of our Marrakech based team gathered in the office today to strategize the best course of action over the coming days for distributing aid based on urgent needs and well thought out resource allocation.
  • Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of incredible donors, we have raised nearly 110,000 GBP in 96 hours across our 2 crowdfunding campaigns on Paypal and GlobalGiving.
  • Six vehicles were dispatched from our Marrakech office, with in-kind material donations garnered through our social media campaign, along with supplies we’ve procured. These resources were strategically allocated to cover a range of affected villages, including Talat n Yassin, Imegdal Centre, and Ijoukak.
  • A strong aftershock of 4.6 a magnitude struck earlier this morning, inducing panic and blocking roads with fallen rocks. This led to a delay in the delivery of our aid to Ijoukak. Fortunately, our team members remained unharmed. However, subsequent reports indicated that more homes had collapsed.
  • One of our plant nurseries in Imegdal has transitioned into a site for setting up tents for people who lost their homes throughout the entire commune. Additionally, this location now serves as a central spot for receiving supplies from travelling volunteers. These items are distributed thoughtfully according to what the affected surrounding villages need, with oversight provided by Hamid Ait Baskad, a resident of Imegdal and committed member of the MBLA team.
  • Our team also collated urgent supplies for Mejjat- a village which has received no aid since the earthquake hit. Based on their input we have collected large amounts of blankets, clothes, water, food and baby formula to be sent to them tomorrow.
  • Our livestock expert has consulted with the Delegation de Sante of Al Haouz about the contamination risks and potential epidemics. Deceased animals that have not yet been removed and rains will increase the risk of contamination. We are now planning to include this in our relief strategy along with providing veterinary care alongside SPANA animal charity. We will also be purchasing livestock fodder to send in future expeditions.
  • Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of incredible donors, we have raised 105,000 GBP in 72 hours across our 2 crowdfunding campaigns on Paypal and GlobalGiving. We have also received a generous donation from GlobalGiving as part of its disaster relief fund.
  • Our team went to assess the damage and provide essentials (blankets, rugs, food) in Ait lkak village where our plant nursery is based. Houses have been rendered uninhabitable, with people camping in apple farms, and 3 families taking shelter in MBLA’s eco-museum which is under construction.
  • Our Agadir based team was able to procure large quantities of other essentials like blankets, basic duvets, plastic shoes, solar projectors and solar flashlights. We will be able to deliver part of this to Marrakech this Friday and send part of it to Chichaoua, which has been badly affected. 
  • We received news today that one village there is in dire need of food, clothes, tents & covers. We are now arranging a separate supplies trip to this village to ensure their urgent needs are met. We have also obtained large water containers of 1-2 tonnes to help villages overcome the lack of water.
  • We are still urgently looking for temporary housing solutions with a number of providers of tents, box homes and others, and piercing together donations and discounts for the same. At present, the priority is arranging waterproof shelter for the coming weeks and procuring thermal wear to protect against bad weather.
  • We have also started creating a theory of change for short, mid and long-term intervention to ensure that we keep account of needs over time, and can help communities restore their ways of life as soon as possible. The strategy accounts for everything from medical care to employment regeneration, agropastoralism and earthquake safe yet traditional home rebuilding. 
  • We are in touch with various organisations and experts to facilitate this process and provide inputs, to ensure that all interventions consider factors like terrain, traditional practices, biodiversity and community welfare. Team member Ibitissam Bouseta provided updates to the Guardian on their Guardian in Focus podcast which can be heard here. CNN coverage of the team’s relief efforts in Tinisekt went live and they will accompany us on some future visits as well.
  • Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of incredible donors, we have raised 98,500 GBP in 48 hours across our 2 crowdfunding campaigns on Paypal and GlobalGiving. We have also received generous donations for relief efforts from Choose Love Foundation and the Hans Wildorf Foundation.
  • Today our team made its way towards the epicentre in Ighil, where roads were opened for the first time. We followed the bulldozers and were amongst the first medical aid to reach the area. We are organising medical caravans that bring volunteer doctors and nurses as well as medical supplies to areas of greatest need. Our visit today covered villages Aguerd, Ighrem and Warti. We also tried to reach village Agrd, but roads were still blocked. 
  • In the epicentre, communities have already evacuated homes, so we provided them with covers, rechargeable torches, water and baby formula. We have also provided water storage units. There continued to be aftershocks in the area today and we noted with sadness that most homes have been rendered uninhabitable in Ait Lkak, where one of our plant nurseries is.
  • Most provinces in Imegdale have received food, water and first aid. On day 1 we covered 9 villages, and on day 2 we covered 15. We are now urgently trying to provide tents, mattresses and thermal clothing to prepare for bad weather starting Thursday. 
  • To do so, we’ve established partnerships with DHL’s Humanitarian Assistance branch to ship supplies from different parts of the world. We are currently mobilising networks and sponsors to donate supplies which are short in Morocco.
  • We are also now collaborating with the animal charity SPANA for a combined approach to help animal dependent communities and with Vital Voices, founded by Hillary Clinton. Our livestock expert conducted an analysis of the situation and will be organising veterinary caravans with SPANA later this week.
  • Today we gave updates to the UK FDCO to provide them on ground expertise in advance of their upcoming visit. We also continued to support news coverage with live inputs from the field.
  • Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of incredible donors, we have raised 75,000 GBP in 48 hours across our 2 crowdfunding campaigns on Paypal and GlobalGiving. These funds are being used to directly buy urgent supplies and pay for their transport.
  • Today the team brought supplies of food and water to 8 villages in Imegdale commune. We encountered strong aftershocks in Tizintas and severely damaged roads. The area is badly affected and many villages haven’t received much aid as many roads are blocked and trucks unable to traverse the terrain at present. Community leaders collected supplies from drop off points via mules and donkeys, due to the blockage of roads. 
  • Given the crucial aid of livestock in relief efforts, we are also partnering with animal aid organisations to carry fodder and water for animals in future expeditions. Our livestock consultant will also be accompanying the field team tomorrow.
  • We are populating maps of affected sites based on inputs from communities as many areas are receiving less attention than others, and need relief to be directed there. Our process of needs assessment is constantly evolving and the team has assessed varied needs in different regions.
  • Imegdale is in dire need of tents and blankets as people are sleeping on the streets. Worse weather is anticipated later in the week. Tineskt requires solar projectors and Ameslane needs food. We are working to procure these supplies and send them to each area.
  • We did not send a planned excursion to Amzmiz today as they informed us that they now have enough food and water. As per their request, we will now provide those supplies on Thursday. Instead, we connected UK Med with a list of villages in Amzmiz which needed urgent attention.
  • Several volunteers and heavy traffic was observed during our field visit today. While well intentioned, many people trying to help have inadvertently ended up causing jams on the road and are unaware of how and where to proceed. This is why we are now trying to encourage volunteers and other organisations to join our field visits due to our extensive knowledge of the High Atlas and the needs of communities. We are developing a coordinated volunteer response and careful aid matching mechanism to ensure that communities get what they need the most.
  • We also connected JDC to medical aid organisation Amis du CHU to donate medical supplies and have established contact with the US Consul General in Morocco, the UK Embassy and the World Bank to discuss how assistance may be brought in from overseas. We are also working with BBC, CNN, the UK Embassy, UNESCO and the Guardian to provide reliable updates from the field.
  • Today we were able to gather many supplies via donations, as well as through tireless procurement efforts by our team. We will be sending a big shipment of blankets, along with other essentials tomorrow. We are still urgently looking for large supplies of tents, so please get in touch if you can assist us in sourcing those.
  • Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of incredible donors, we have raised 57,000 GBP in 24 hours across our 2 crowdfunding campaigns on PayPal and GlobalGiving. These funds are being used to directly buy urgent supplies and pay for their transport.
  • Our team travelled this morning to Talat N Yacoub, a village located at the epicentre of the earthquake to distribute food and water. We witnessed heartbreaking devastation and spoke to locals who have been sleeping outside as their homes have crumbled. According to villagers and local authorities, we were the first to bring non governmental aid to the area.
  • We worked with local authorities to distribute supplies in areas where access is limited. We also collated urgent needs from the ground today and are working on procuring medicines, first aid, sanitary products, tents and blankets as a priority. In collaboration with CNN and BBC, we provided updates and assisted in live coverage of relief efforts.
  • We are partnering with several local organisations to amplify relief efforts and reach as many affected people as possible. We are also continuously populating lists of volunteers, needs, partner organisations and communities which need the most help. Tomorrow we will be travelling to two sites (Angale commune and Imegdale) to distribute supplies.
  • At the moment, we are urgently trying to procure tents and blankets for those displaced. Having spoken directly to Decathlon and other providers in Morocco, we have established that supplies of these have run out or are limited in Morocco. We are presently urgently trying to source these from overseas. If you or your organisation can assist in this matter, kindly reach out to simran@global-diversity.org.