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The Treasure Island Gazelles 

"The Care for Me "/ 3 Flags Team





The Children's Villages began its work in Aït Ourir in 1985. For children from the region who are no longer able to live with their parents, 14 SOS families can provide a loving home for up to 140 children. In each family, they live with their brothers and sisters and are affectionately cared for by their SOS mother.

The children from the SOS Children’s Village attend the SOS Kindergarten here together with children from the community. They then go on to complete their primary education at the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School. This means that children from SOS families are integrated into the local community from a young age.

We build families for children in need

We help these children build their own future

We participate in local community development



otection and development.


While every child should have the right to grow within his family, it is far from being the case for younger citizens. Today, a huge number of children live without the support of one or both parents and hundreds of millions more are victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation and deprivation due to poverty. This is a child in a family is built, emotionally and physically fulfilling his childhood and is preparing for a future as adults accomplished. We, the international community, governments, donors, NGOs, local communities have an obligation to support the most vulnerable children and their families, and to ensure they are mentally strong, balanced and independent. Concerted action and concrete is more than urgent.

An alarming fact:

more and more children are deprived of parental care

Despite the measures implemented by international institutions, and governmental and non-governmental organizations, the number of children deprived of care increases their biological families in the world. These children can be grouped as follows:


It is not known precisely how many orphans of a parent or both parents to children, but experts predicted the end of 2003 143 million children orphaned in 93 countries, of which only 87.5 million in Asia and 43 4 million in sub-Saharan Africa. In Morocco, a recent study conducted jointly by UNICEF and the Moroccan League for Child Welfare, revealed that 2% of newborns, nearly 6,400 babies are abandoned each year at birth.


Children may be separated from their biological families and their local communities on a temporary or permanent basis.

For the past ten years, over 20 million children have been displaced because of war or natural disaster, or the within their country or abroad, and it is assumed that approximately 300 000 people are engaged in military forces. Approximately 246 million children work, many of them living on the streets, and every year 1.2 million children are victims of child trafficking. Many of them have been neglected or abandoned by their parents, usually for economic reasons, have been encouraged to leave their families on false promises, or have been removed. Efforts to trace families and reintegrate children often do not have place or are not completed.


When economic difficulties worsen, girls and young women often engage in sexually active (often in exchange for money, property, protection, etc.). They are growing and more young people. However, children of single mothers, especially in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, are often rejected, which eventually forced to abandon their mothers. In addition, young women are not always prepared for motherhood.

In some countries, children living in an SOS family were abandoned because often born out of wedlock, as in India (23%), Sri Lanka (35% ) and Egypt (90%). In most cases, the biological parents are found. In some countries, gender disparities are visible. In societies where the birth of girls is not desired, the female babies are often abandoned, elsewhere misuse of girls as domestic workers is a common practice and the abandonment of most common boys.


Children are separated and removed from their parents decision of the state or accredited bodies recognized when parents are unable to care for their child or violate the rights of the child. There is evidence that the best interests of the child will not be protected in this environment interest. The reasons for withdrawal are varied: abuse and abuse, criminal activity, alcohol or drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and somatic or mental disorders serious.

Often the intervention comes too late and the ability of parents to care for the child is altered irreversibly.


Parental violence is a major cause of deprivation of parental authority, particularly in Western Europe and Latin America. This violence ranges from neglect and psychological abuse of corporal punishment and sexual abuse. Due to the lack of a clear definition of the concepts of abuse and neglect and lack of documented cases, there are no precise figures on the number of children who are victims of some form or another.

PUBLICATIONS - The Child Protection in SOS Children's Villages

Child safety is everyone's business!

Every child belongs to a family and be able to grow up in an atmosphere of love, respect and security. SOS Children's Villages has established a worldwide Policy Child Protection based on the experiences of employees in all countries where the organization operates. These experiences have been the cornerstone of the development of guidelines to protect children from violence.

Guidelines for the protection of the child based on three main points:

1. For the first time, the position of SOS Children's Villages for the protection of the child is the subject of a written statement. With these guidelines, the entire organization takes a clear stand against all forms of violence, both within and outside the organization. It is with great courage that SOS Children's Villages is dedicated to a hitherto taboo topic (instead of ignoring that there may also be cases of violence in the SOS Children's Villages). But the scope of this document is not limited to SOS Children's Villages: it also operates in cooperation with families and communities as well as the efforts of the organization to promote the protection of children and their rights with various governments.

2. For an organization like SOS Children's Villages, rooted in many countries and cultures, it is important to agree on the meaning of "violence" that is considered normal in one country can mean abuse and neglect in another cultural context. Guidelines for the protection of the child clearly define the term "violence".

3.What we do concretely to protect children and adolescents from violence when suspected cases of abuse of children or adolescents? Again, our guidelines for child protection are clear: we focus on the prevention of cases of violence. One of the essential conditions for protection is that all parties involved (children, adolescents, employees) understand what it means protecting the child and contribute to its implementation. Suspected cases of violence have not gone under silence, but resolved in a thoughtful and prudent, without further injury to the victim (suspected). All those involved know who they can turn to for help.

Morocco's implementation of the Policy Child Protection has earned a lot of attention since 2007, with the establishment of a national team of child protection, a team at each unit, and the organization of focus groups: children, youth, educators, SOS mothers, family assistants, social workers, staff of the National Bureau and stakeholders External participated in various workshops, which led to the development of internal and external syntheses on the situation of child rights in the organization of several training for all employees, to organize a caravan of Rights of the Child and several other activities. 2010 was known for its enhanced dynamics in the different units through the establishment of committees of child protection and local focal points but also through the use of a tool called "Agenda for Protection of the Child," the development and implementation of procedures for reporting and response, the implementation of the code of conduct PPE (Policy child protection), the development of monitoring plans for training, the completion of the exercise configuration for all units and the training of trainers Policy Child Protection

"Keeping Children Safe. "

Today in each unit, the focal point is the person responsible for receiving confidential and treat cases of abuse or child abuse. Children's voices began to speak, the teams are well trained for awareness and prevention, and we expect to continue in the same dynamic developing a language adapted to children policy, organizing training workshops for children and continuing training and education of employees.


Help single mothers in need and their families in great difficulty to keep their children with them to raise the dignity

that is our ambition for years to come.

Our programs against abandonment, called

"Program to Strengthen Family"

allow us to assist children at risk,

who are at risk of being abandoned or whose rights are likely to be violated (including child labor).



When a family arrives at the center, the most urgent is often to support the immediate needs of children in these families: ensure good nutrition, offer infant milk and balanced meals and day care.During the day, a Crèche for younger children, while the children of school age are placed in neighborhood schools.


Their mothers are supported in their long way toward autonomy and independence. These mothers, who often arrive shocked and completely lost, found primarily in the center an attentive ear to tell their stories and that they receive psychological support. Then, various services available to them: literacy courses and awareness sessions to maternal and child health, financial assistance to enable them to housing, monthly meal baskets and legal support for those who need to regularize their situation or that of their child.

Training for self-

Finally, and this is the focus of our efforts to save these families over the long term, mothers are trained and learn a trade to become rapid and sustained self. For this, we set up five vocational training workshops in partnership with local associations: glassware, sewing, making homemade candles, bakery, kitchen (with ensuite dining open to the public). Once mothers are formed, we help them find jobs and continue to support them for a year so they can definitely stand on their own.

Our structures

"Imouzzer Kandar"

Imouzer Kandar is one of the poorest in the Middle Atlas where living conditions are very difficult and where poverty leads to children the risk of loss of family support or disregard of their rights areas. It is known that the majority of these disadvantaged children do not have a healthy diet or regular medical monitoring due to low family income. In addition, dropout rates and dropout rates are high because many children are forced to work to support their families. Away from their families or operated by them, these children are exposed to all forms of violence. In 2002, we opened a social center to allow girls to continue their education to degree and form of the surrounding community women for careers in sewing, knitting and embroidery. Clinic also assured the local access to basic medical care. In seven years the center has helped 68 young girls have access to education, and 54 of them are now fully reintegrated.

The center has recently been shifted to the fight against abandonment and provides training and services

to disadvantaged single mothers.

The various services offered by the center recipients are:

- Canteen for 50 children enrolled in public schools

and infant formula for infants

- Financial assistance for the education of children

- Ongoing support for families with training and income generating activities

- Extracurricular activities: computer tutoring

- Camps.

The various services offered to beneficiaries are:

- Education of children

- Daily Meals for children and packed lunches for the family

- Access to health care and health

- Psychological and Legal Support

- Training workshops

(literacy, making candles, mirrors, glassware, cooking, sewing, bakery).

These women benefit from our support until their motivation and ability to exercise a profession

allow them to stand on their own, and meet only the needs of their children.


Control programs against abandonment also aims to support and develop the community.

- Through training and coaching, we help groups of heads of families to create cooperatives and other income-generating activities

that will empower them to take better care of their children.

This is the case in Shuhada, where a weaving cooperative of women has emerged as the "Women Casablanca"

By strengthening the capacity of local partner organizations, we ensure the sustainability of the program.

- With the support of institutional and private partners

Children's Villages heart to support the most vulnerable populations,

since children are an identified hazard.

***word of Evidence

By helping these women, we allow them to regain confidence in themselves and regain pride in the eyes of their children. The smile returned, this is what Fatiha and Naima were willing to entrust us ..



Recognized public interest, the Heart of Gazelles was born around the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in Morocco in 2001.

Both men and women of the association are mobilizing every day to be the "heart" of the human

and sustainable development.

Our commitment is ethical and responsible, each project fits into the "practical and useful" for people.

- Our actions are "human size" over our meetings, we work with local people . the origin of problems in order

to ensure effective and sustainable in the long term help

- We engage with and for the poor: our actions, whose needs are assessed in the field, enabling people to become agents of their . Development

- We work in a spirit of partnership:

we do not create alternative structures, we strengthen and develop

existing local structures.

- We work with reduced operating costs: all donations directly benefit people.

- Our actions are recognized by government bodies: we act with the necessary legitimacy to our commitment authorizations.