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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

 In April I am going to trek across the Atlas Mountains for six days to the highest peak of North Africa, Mt Toubkal, to raise money for the Moroccan Children's Trust (MCT).  I generally prefer exercise that involves a lot of sitting, but I am willing to expose my true level of fitness and pathological fear of heights for this important cause. All the money raised will go to support the work of the Street Children Project in Taroudannt, Southern Morocco, so please be assured, this is not a free holiday.

There are hundreds of children on the streets of Taroudannt suffering daily harassment, humiliation, physical abuse and exploitation as they try to earn a living off the streets. If you have any children or a young sibling, niece or nephew, the thought of them spending their days on their own, under these circumstances is devastating and unimaginable.

The MCT employs local Moroccan staff as social workers who provide vital practical support and intervention as well as the sensitive care and attention that sees each child as an individual. It is this approach and the proven integrity of the MCT that has made me truly excited about raising funds for this wonderful charity.

After only a year, the MCT's Street Children Project has set pre-school classes so younger children can catch up with their peers, sports centre to keep the children busy and off the streets and a women's group where are the mothers are given advice, supported and helped into employment. 

Many children do not have a legal identity and therefore do not exist in the eyes of the State and cannot go to school or see a doctor. Within a year, 25 children have been provided with ID papers. No mean feat considering the highly complex and painstaking bureaucracy. This figure will undoubtedly increase.

This groundbreaking work, particularly in the area of legal identity, will not only help the children of Taroudannt, but will also provide a workable template that will be shared with other organisations all over the world  facing the same problems.

Your donations, however small, will help the Street Children Project become a durable institution in the town and continue its work rebuilding the lives of these children and their families.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please check the ‘I am a UK taxpayer’ box under the Add Gift Aid section to give the tax deductions made on your donation.

 www.moroccanchildrenstrust.org

Updates 5

Thank you very much for all your donations so far! Clearly the gentle harassment is working. As are my various ways of receiving your donations. Cash, bank transfer etc... all acceptable. Please keep them coming

25/02/13 20:27

email "The itinerary will change due to the above average snow/ice conditions on Mount Toubkal". MOROCCO that was not the deal. You are meant to be hot always. How am I meant to take pictures of me all healthy, tanned and charitable with happy smiling children if it's snowing?

25/02/13 20:06

So the last £30 I donated was on behalf of Enrique Gomez who just decided to give me some cash there and then for my fundraising. Granted, I had him in an elbow lock until he screamed like a little girl. But he totally wanted to give me the money. x

19/02/13 21:44

Thank you so much for the donations. More than I could have hoped for in such a short time!

19/02/13 21:33

Thank you for the great start! If anyone would find it easier to part with their money by giving me cash, or putting money in my account, please do so. I will donate it on your behalf. I take cold hard cash.

09/02/13 14:06

Raising money for

Moroccan Children's Trust

Moroccan Children's Trust

Charity Registration No. 1127739

The Moroccan Children’s Trust (MCT) is a UK registered charity working to achieve sustainable development for young people and their communities in South Morocco. In partnership with Groupe Maroc Horizons (GMH), we run volunteer projects, and have established a social project for street children.

Donations 82

Donation by Roxaneh Horswell on 19/04/13

£10.00

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<-- is that you?

Donation by Lucy Hawley on 18/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Jessica Thomas on 18/04/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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"Thou shalt be free As mountain winds."

Donation by John Canfield on 18/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations for the subtle Facebook harassment. It looks like it worked! Anyway it sounds like the petite randonnee will be such fun.

Donation by Martin Wedderburn on 18/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Elena. It will only be uphill half the time. x

Donation by Lisa Smith on 18/04/13

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Hope you found your hiking boots! Good luck. Julius x

Donation by Julius Abensur on 18/04/13

£10.00

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You are mental!!! Good luck x

Donation by Fiona Paterson on 18/04/13

Please be encouraged by this short message of encouragement.

Donation by Josh Ord-Hume on 18/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Sounds like a terrifying adventure for a great cause! Have fun and please don't die

Donation by jonathan goodman on 18/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Elena. It'll be a blast!

Donation by Emma H on 17/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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You're allowed to eat as many sandwiches as you like before you go. Just saying. Gx

Donation by Guy Fearon on 16/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck on your "20,000 mile" trek X

Donation by Dan W on 16/04/13

£16.39

+ £4.10 Gift Aid

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Elena, Thanks for thinking of me. I am happy to make a small donation. Good luck and send us some pictures! /MEN

Donation by MICHEL NOUAFO on 16/04/13

$50.00

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Donation by craig valentine on 15/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Ryan - Thank you for giving me cash on your birthday of all days! The children say thank you or شكرا

Donation by Elena Procopiu on 14/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Towards my expenses so all your money goes where it should.

Donation by Elena Procopiu on 12/04/13

£310.00

+ £77.50 Gift Aid

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Don't forget the parachute. x

Donation by Janet Perry Lloyd on 11/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck!

Donation by Dan Starkey on 11/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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You are good person.

Donation by Jeremy Gomez on 11/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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What an incredible adventure! I hope you enjoy x

Donation by James Fair on 08/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Thank you Cecil!

Donation by Elena Procopiu on 06/04/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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I'm proud of you kid. x

Donation by Alex on 06/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Thank you Paula x

Donation by Elena Procopiu on 04/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/03/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,384.90
  • Offline donations£295.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,679.90
  • Gift Aid£505.19

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