In response to the devastating 6.8 earthquake that hit the High and Anti Atlas on September 08, MBLA has been working relentlessly on bringing assistance to the affected communities.
On September 8th, a devastating earthquake with deadly force struck Morocco, bringing great losses to the High and Anti Atlas region, marking the strongest seismic event to hit central Morocco in over a century. Tragically, more than 3000 lives have been lost, leaving many injured and traumatized, numerous homes and buildings have been reduced to rubble, resulting in the displacement of approximately 300,000 people.
MBLA has been closely collaborating with the local communities in the High Atlas region for a decade, focusing on documenting and enhancing their conservation practices, as well as creating growth opportunities within the rural entrepreneurship sector. After the earthquake, we’ve received distressing reports that many of the people we work with have lost their families and homes. Given our deep ties with the region, our strong network with local community members and authorities, we are strategically positioned to deliver aid to the most affected and hardest hit villages, in Al Haouz. Our ongoing efforts are focused on meeting the most critical needs, including emergency medical services, food, clean water, shelter, transportation and hygiene essentials. Moreover, we are fully committed to aiding in both immediate relief efforts and the long-term recovery of these affected communities.
MBLA 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.
Our commitment to the recovery of the affected communities is unwavering. We will continue to provide them with the necessary resources, support, and assistance they need to regain stability and rebuild their lives with dignity and resilience. Volunteers, material donations according to identified needs and monetary donations are still needed for the long journey ahead. Please keep these communities in your thoughts and consider contributing in any way you can.
After weeks of assessments and follow-ups with farmers to identify their needs and to procure the healthiest and climate-suitable seeds, we successfully conducted our first seed distribution in the Imegdal commune. This initiative was carried out in collaboration with local associations representing each village in the Imegdal commune. We distributed the following :
In partnership with the ILM Foundation, we distributed 230 mattresses, 230 blankets, 230 pillows, and 63 heaters to 63 families from the villages of Ankzdame and Tigoundafine, situated around the summit of Toubkal mountain (the highest summit in North Africa). These communities are anticipated to face a sharp and concerning drop in temperatures over the following weeks.
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