Restaurant , Salon de Thé Solidaire " La Maison Bonheur"
"it is not only to give enough to live, but it is rather to give back the reasons to live to the Unhappy" . L'Abbé Pierre
Restaurant , Salon de Thé Solidaire " La Maison Bonheur"
This project is about building a friendly space proper to meetings ans exchanges in the form of a social and solidarity Tea-Room restaurant, under the name of happiness home, located in a city where commerce does not fit both the population's needs and that of the tourists'
Located in downtown Taroudant, a few steps away from the local markets and within 200 yards from the orphanage, the aims of this collaborative project is to develop initiatives to promote Education, health, Food and culture bringing at the same time a financial support to Taroudant city orphanage.
The dream of any Marathon runner is to run the " Marathon des Sables" a lond distance run which takes place in Morocco. I attended this challenge in the years 2000 and when I came back home in France , I was utterly transformed, I realized that Morocco was welcoming me with open arms.
When I arrived in Morocco, I was stuck by the large number of orphanages, the numerous children living in the street, families living in extreme poverty. Nowadays , living in Taroudant, I feel like acting in a concrete manner. But how can we change mentalities if not by promoting education? I am moved by the orphanage of Taroudant where I have been working for years. Now , I know that I am in the right place and that I will not grow older uselessly! I have st free from selfish matters typical of western lifestyle. I am fond of the idea of not losing my time and most of all giving my time in a clever manner. Helping others is for me an absolute emergency. I first Thought that this would be one of the many experiences in my life but it is becoming one of its best moments, a kind of revelation.
Increasing wages :
The average monthly wages in Taroudant ( When one manages to find a job...)
The social workers at the orphanage work 4 days a week,24 hours a day and then have a four-day break. They will be able to come and manage the " MAISON BONHEUR" on turn and increase their wages? Jobless women suffering great precarity will be able to to come and work in the Tea-room restaurant.
Unfortunately,most children can't enjoy good for lack of healthy goods.
"MAISON BONHEUR" will be able to meet these needs by bringing good quality food necessary for children's growth. Moreover, it will bring training to the social workers in matters suh as hygiene, dietetics and it will enable to develop balanced menus each week.
On wednesdays afternoons, " MAISON BONHEUR" will organise recreational activities and a nice Tea.
A training place for teenagers:
During the school holiday, youngsters will come to "MAISON BONHEUR" to get a training in catering jobs.
Allocation of funds
What is the use of this fund raising ?
Starting a restaurant requires substantial investment. The funds will be used to finance the layout of both the kitchen and the reception hall.
Rent, charges, insurances, internet access, wages, air cooling, cameras , shutters.
Creation of the Kitchen:
Professional equipment such as food processors, blenders, juicers, waffle irons, fridges , freezers, ovens, ustensils, dishwashers, washing machines.Food stock.
Furniture, decoration and design, advertising.
"MAISON BONHEUR" will have the legal status of an association " MAISON BONHEUR association"
The orphanage social workers as well as other women in dire straits will work in turn in the kitchen. Youngsters will contribute to the success of this enterprise by participating to service which will train them into catering jobs and most of all keep them busy in their free time thus discourage them from doing silly things. So as to make them propose good quality work , tips will be instaured. Giving them hope ,reading in their eyes that they can think of a decent future remains the main objective of this project.
I will always be present to check on the good management of " MAISON BONHEUR "
" MAISON BONHEUR" will be able to :
Hire a male social worker : at the moment , the orphanage does not have any male employee. The orphanage comes across great difficulties in the handling of teenagers who are very often left alone . " MAISON BONHEUR" will create a job for a male social worker who will wok from 8 o'clock P.M until the morning when the female social workers start their job . He will be able to check that all teenagers are well in the orphanage before the night , he will share dinners with the youngsters and impose decent rules in the boarding house .
Finance medical care:
Healthcare is deficient in Morocco, for the poorest, it is completely impossible. "MAISON BONHEUR" will check on the organisation of regular visits to the doctors' in order to check children's growth as well as the prevention of some diseases. Meetings with healthcare professionnals will be organised so as to inform yougsters to the risks of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS but also to inform them about daily hygiene.
Finance sport and culture:
Practising sport is a good means of gaining in self-confidence, becoming able to make decisions, develop a team spirit , mutual help, socializing but also re-education for those suffering from handicaps.
Finance the purchase of pedagogic materials:
" MAISON BONHEUR" will purchase school things,sport equipement and cultural material
Nowadays, Moroccan children have a dim future. Indeed, they often drop school as early as the end of elementary school and they do not pass any degree.
" MAISON BONHEUR" home will be able to finance specific professional studies in accordance with the youngsters' profiles. For those who intend to follow their studies after their a levels, at the moment, they are only provided with a monthly grant of 90$
At the moment we have , in the orphonage, a student who is taking his bachelor in journalism but cannot afford to start a Master's degree for lack of money. Can we let him down ? when thinking about his past experiences? this is just unbearable!!!
In the future , " MAISON BONHEUR" will be able to organise a through School monitaring for the next generation and most of all an appropriate professional orientation.
Creation of dwelling:
When youngsters leave home to work in other places , when they are in training sessions away from home, they often wish to come back to their home town during the school holidays but for lack of space , they cannot. " MAISON BONHEUR" would offer them a temporary home in the city of Taroudant.
80% of Moroccan schools are private and unfortunately , state public schools have very low standards . Children need tutoring and some should benefit private lessons. " MAISON BONHEUR" will be able to finance private schools fees , tutoring and private lessons. It will , then , participate to the children's professional orientation.
Fermale social workers at the orphanage will also be able to benefit this tutoring in order to improve their knowledge and then help the children in turn.