Written by Sarah Dick from Wright State University studying abroad on our Alicante, Spain program.
While we were in Tangier, Morocco, we had the opportunity to visit the Darna Association, which is a community house for women. The goal of the association is to allow all women that are willing to learn how to read and write, gain financial autonomy. This is also a place where they can speak out about the awareness of their rights and share their work abilities to other worlds.
The benefits of Darna consist of learning how to read and write in Arabic and French, being involved in days of awareness and the ability to learn professional skills such as the making of modern clothing, traditional weaving, baking and embroidery. These new skills they learn are also shown to the public through a boutique and a restaurant. Anyone can go into their boutique and buy their products as well as eat the food they learn to make.
While we were there we were able to see the classrooms where they learn, the rooms where they embroider and make the clothing as well as eat at their restaurant. The food was outstanding and the women we saw were so excited to share with us all that they do. This was such a wonderful experience and I am glad I was able to be a part of it.
– Sarah Dick from Wright State University