However there are many inaccessible villages (all the more so with landslides blocking the roads) where the damage is generally much greater due to steeper slopes and old buildings, hence the extent of collapsed buildings and loss of life is far worse, and of course there is a search going on for survivors beneath the rubble. Then there are the longer term consequences to consider……..
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Emergency help is needed for people and animals right now. There is also a need for more long term help.
- BY MAKING DONATIONS If you like to and are able to help financially we suggest these three charities all of which are eligible for Gift Aid from the UK (if you give £100 the charity receives £125):
Moroccan Children’s Trust (MCT) & British Moroccan Society (BMS) & Jarjeer Mules.
The Moroccan Children’s Trust are based in Taroudant and they do an incredible job supporting the local children in need.
MCT write: “it isn’t only about water and essential supplies but also the costs in the medium and long term of offering targeted social work support to those who will migrate from the decimated nearby mountain villages to the town of Taroudant. We will take their referrals, especially of abandoned children, if we have the funding that will be needed.” To make a Gift Aided Donation to Moroccan Children’s Trust follow this link
The British Moroccan Society has worked for decades with local associations across Morocco with a particular focus on the Atlas Mountains in the Al Haouz region where the epicentre of the earthquake was located near Marrakech. As the tragic situation unfolds the BMS is working closely with their partner associations to quickly get funds to places they are most needed. To make a Gift Aided Donation to British Moroccan Society follow this link
Jarjeer Mules Starting in 2014 Jarjeer has strived to create a sanctuary for the working equines in Morocco. They have growing support nationally and internationally and have been able to create homes for equines from all corners of the Morocco. They are currently using their trucks to not only transport animals in need to their sanctuary but also to deliver supplies to people and animals in need in the mountains. These animals will be so important to the mountain economies in future. To make a Gift Aided Donation to Jarjeer Mules follow this link
We and the charities really appreciate your support.
2. BY VISITING MOROCCO Most places are unaffected and because Morocco’s economy relies so heavily on tourism you can rest assured that your visit will be appreciated. It is extremely unlikely that another large earthquake will hit this region. This is supported by historical and archaeological records which insurance companies base their premiums on. It is rated as a very low risk area, especially now that the pressure has been released on that fault line. And you’ll learn how well Moroccans deal with adversity, something for which I admire them greatly.
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