Tuesday 24 November 2009

A new house opens

Starting a second house was always going to be a big step. We had a meeting with the Governor D’Al Haouz in June 2009 about where the second house should be, and he highlighted the need for a house in the most rural region of his province, Talaat n’Yakoub near the Mosque of Tinmal. We realised we did not have the funds to build a new property but we had enough to rent a place and refurbish it (if a suitable place could indeed be found with a secure long lease). By 1st July 2009, EFA had signed a lease, and July and August saw intense work on the renovation of the building and the house opened in September 2009 with 11 girls attending in the first year’s intake. Fund-raising efforts by Bristol Grammar School completely funded the conversion. The plan is that between 10 to 12 girls will enter each September taking the occupancy of the house to about 36 girls. So EFA now has even more responsibility to provide for these girls and your support and donations are increasingly needed.

If you would like to see some photos of the property, please visit the photo gallery section.