For the first time, the Moroccan Childrenâs Trust team went on an Away Weekend to the beautiful Kent countryside. The aim of the weekend was to take some time out of the busy schedule to reflect on our work, discuss our objectives and look to the future. The Away Weekend took place during a visit from our Centre Afaq and GMH colleagues, Karima â centre manager, and Fouad â MCT Trustee and GMH management team. This allowed us to collaborate on the development of shared objectives between MCT, GMH and Centre Afaq for the coming year.
The team set off on Saturday 19th October, leaving London behind in search of the tranquil and secluded setting of Octavia Hill Bunkhouse, Kent. We took the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and wildlife during our walks in the countryside. The British weather was a cultural experience in itself for our Moroccan colleagues.
The various discussions covered a range of topics, including âIntroduction to Street Childrenâ, âWhere are we now â context in Taroudanntâ following from recent quantitative research and Centre Afaq evaluation results, a discussion of proposed objectives 2013-14, the Kafala system in Morocco, the Womenâs Project, plans for a Girlsâ Project and Identity Paper Project, as well as a Management Committee Meeting. Many important plans and conclusions were taken from these meaningful discussions, which will feed into our future plans.
A special thank you to the National Trust and Octavia Hill Bunkhouse staff for allowing us the use of their excellent accommodation, as well as all their help and support. The team returned to London feeling refreshed and optimistic about the future. We will be keeping you up to date about the development of our plans â watch this space! â and we look forward to spending more time with Karima and Fouad during the remainder of their visit to London.