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Fondation Orient-Occident [Morocco]

The Fondation Orient-Occident is a Moroccan organisation founded by Yasmina Filali (see the 2013 youtube video in French) in 1994. In February 1996 it has received the status of public utility.

One of the Foundation’s objectives is to challenge social inequalities and to provide new prospects both to young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods and to refugees in need of social integration. To do so, the Foundation focuses on vocational training, social inclusion and successful labour market instruments.

The idea of a new building, envisioned as “a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean", came into life through the construction of the Yacoub El Mansour Centre in Rabat (2001). Several other centres have since then opened their doors in Oujda, Safi, Larache, Casablanca and Ksar el Kebir.

The year 2010 marked the commitment of the Foundation to combat child domestic labour by calling attention to the plight of the underage domestic servants called “little maids” (petites bonnes). The campaign tried to sensitize civil society, call for parent responsibility and enforce the respect for international laws on child labour.

Another focal point of the Fondation Orient-Occident is the educational and cultural sector. Here, the Foundation’s programme includes the establishment of libraries or the organisation of cultural events.

For more information on the Foundation, see their website or facebook entry.