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THE STORY:

Dear all,

We are members of Oukaimden's association based on highest ski resort in Africa, the Oukaimeden Resort, 70 kms south of Marakesh, Morocco.


Originated from Ousertak valey in the Moroccan high atlas, we know what poverty and isolation from the world, extreme climatic conditions are meaning.. There many people that are helping us especially Mostafa TAOUALLOUT & Angelo BELLOBONO, trying to make our efforts into associations and make connections to some national & international organisations since the area provides highly untapped tourist and sports potentials to help the local population.

The OUKAIMEDEN Resort is a best example, highest skiing resort in Africa, with technical slopes and respected ski lifts. Oukaimeden is also an excellent base for steep couloir ski, free ride, climbing, trekking and ultra trail sports, but without any sustainable projects, local population used to work in temporary activities, as illegal mountain guides or not professional ski instructor.

After several meetings and deliberations between us, we have been able to establish the OUKAIMEDEN Association, a social and professional framework throughout we plan to create a development model in this resort and surrounding valleys, to achieve acceptable social conditions through the following goals:


- New practical training sessions for ski instructors and mountain guides
- teaching foreign languages mainly the English language.
- purchase new skiing and mountain guides equipments.
- Create a private and well organized ski zone with a professional ski school as a model that can be applied on the rest of the resort.
- Create other training camps for climbing, bouldering and steep couloir ski.
- The promotion of sustainable and eco-tourism.

We started working since the foundation date in January 2015, with partnership and support of the Atlas(s)now project, managed by the Italian ‘Angelo Bellobono’. The project gave us 25 pairs of ski equipments and 3 days training camp for our instructors and also looking for funds to buy and print 30 jackets for our ski instructors.

Why $ 6000?

Through your help and your contributions we can create a model and professional zone which provides incomes sources for ski instructors and locals, as well as a suitable atmosphere for practicing ski, snowboarding and climbing through the purchase of equipments, a mobile cafe and restaurant, equipments stockroom + water and electricity connections so this space will become a model that could be applied for the rest of the resort by the authorities and state institutions in aiming to face poverty and current mess.
we've been searching hardly to find a funding platforme for our project, because of resources lack and the language barrier. The following links are showing the resort qualifications and the current practicing conditions of local people :

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=7908130276...

https://vimeo.com/121443537

http://www.epictv.com/media/podcast/skiing-the-...

That’s our local aim.

For further informations, We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and you are very welcomed to our atlas berber community

Association's facebook page :
https://www.facebook.com/associationoukaimeden
E-mail : associationoukaimden@gmail.com


Thank you so much

 

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1st Update : 24th April 2015 :

Here we are, as promised, a steep ski and climbing training camp was held in Toubkal's valey between 16th - 21 April 2015, countaning highest peak in north Africa, The traning was an excellent opportunity for us to strenght our technics and to professionalize mountains activities.

New pictures on Diaporama !


Thank You !
 

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