We have teamed up with renowned photographer Zack Arias and Morocco’s Center for Development to provide safe, accessible, and affordable school transportation in the High Atlas Mountains. In March Zack traveled with us to Ouarzazate, Morocco to explore the terrain and to meet with the students and the community members. Our goal for the project is to increase the number of children who enroll in and attend secondary school, so Zack will be creating a visual story to raise funds for a school bus system.
Once the funds for a yellow school bus are raised, we’ll get started on our pilot school bus system. Together with the Center for Development, local PTAs, as well as community and governmental organizations, we’ll get 1-2 minibuses to Ouarzazate and establish bus routes and a schedule. Buses will then pick up high schoolers living in nearby villages at scheduled stops on the way to school and drop them off at scheduled stops after the end of the school day.
After the one year pilot, we’ll work to expand the system to reach more communities in the broader region in the coming 10 years. We’re really excited to have the support of local and regional ministries of education, community leaders, and PTA associations in Ouarzazate for the pilot phase - all thanks to the tireless work of the Center for Development! - and hope to build on our work with them in the future.
Speaking of our dream team, we’re also really excited to have FujiFilm on board! It really does take a village - a trans-atlantic one in our case.