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Restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 lock-down in Morocco mean that many people are no longer able to work and sources of income have evaporated overnight. For those living in rural and remote communities such as the High Atlas Mountains, the impact is potentially devastating. Please support EBF in our efforts to build a significant fund to aid future recovery and donate today.
Tourism and agriculture are the two main sources of employment in this region. Most live day-to-day and don't have savings to bulk purchase necessities during lock-down.
The Eve Branson Foundation runs established craft centres that provide opportunities for local people to learn and practice skills from which they can make a small income. The centres and craft shop are now closed until further notice and more than 70 participants enrolled in training programmes must stay at home.
For remote communities who rely so heavily on tourism, the long-term impact is overwhelming.
Food will become less secure forcing the most vulnerable into hunger and poverty, livelihoods risk being permanently lost and health and education systems will be strained.
EBF has already identified a number of vulnerable households who are unable to provide for their families due to the impact of COVID-19.
With our partners at Virgin Unite we have established an emergency relief fund to support over 500 local families so that they can purchase basic food packages and access hand sanitiser. Craft centre participants are making protective masks from their homes to supply the nearby villages. We continue to safeguard our immediate EBF community of trainees, artisans and teachers until they are able to resume work.
To help EBF develop measures to better understand the social and economic impact of COVID-19 in the High Atlas Mountains, we have launched a new survey. Please take part here if you have been directly affected by the pandemic in rural Morocco. Please click here for a version of the questionnaire in Arabic.
If we are to continue to provide vital funding for many hundreds of families who are now living on the edge of poverty, we need your help. Every dirham donated will go directly to the frontline. Please donate today and your support will provide a lifeline for future recovery.