Lambeth youth sets up project to help Moroccan girls

Streatham Guardian: Karen Scott in Morocco Karen Scott in Morocco

24 year old Karen Scott from Lambeth has initiated a scheme in the Moroccan town of Taroudannt to help girls aged 11-18 improve their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

In December, Karen travelled to Morocco to coordinate a pilot scheme tailored to the needs of at risk adolescent girls in Taroudannt. Aided by a volunteering grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation of £300, Karen devised a programme for at risk girls aged 11-18 who attended the Moroccan Children’s Trust’s in country base, Centre Afaq, to develop their language skills, knowledge of health issues and awareness of human rights.

The programme has been a huge success and Karen, having recently returned to England will continue to work with the charity from London.

Karen, of Riggindale Road, began working for the social development organisation the Moroccan Children’s Trust in early 2013, specifically helping to coordinate the organisation’s 2013 Women’s and Children’s Projects. Employed as an intern in London throughout the year, Karen’s main duties were to monitor and evaluate the projects and plan further activities for the centre in Morocco, before devising her own programme for adolescents which she then implemented in Morocco.

Karen said, “Working for the MCT in London galvanised my will to work directly with girls at the centre. Visiting Taroudannt gave me further insight into the problems that girls face in Morocco because of their gender and social status. I immensely enjoyed setting up my project getting to know the girls and I am looking forward to working with them in the future and ensuring the sustainability of the project.”

Jack Petchey Foundation Grant’s Officer for South London Jane Evans said, “Karen’s determination to help at risk girls in Morocco is inspirational. She has shown initiative and gone above and beyond her expected duties by implementing her own specific project. Congratulations to her!"

Based on information supplied by Harry Shepherd.




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