Encourage and engage women through adventure travel while promoting access to continued education in the High Atlas Mountains.
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Although Morocco has seen increased aid and set ambitious goals for expanding access to education for women, there’s still a harsh reality facing women in rural parts of the country: the illiteracy rate is nearly 90%. Unfortunately, this issue disproportionately affects the native Berber women and girls in the High Atlas Mountains.
There are many factors behind this unfortunate truth; however, distance remains an overlying barrier preventing Berber women from attending and continuing their educations in secondary schools. Most villages are miles away from schools and, for many families, it’s not acceptable for a girl to walk alone to and from school; nor is it financially feasible to live away from home. With extreme temperatures in the summer and winter months, as well as poor infrastructure and alternate transportation not an option, it’s simply too great a feat to attend school for many women.
“A product of the numerous obstacles between them and continued education, only 26% of Berber women enroll in secondary school; and nearly 90% drop out before completion.”
In order to break these barriers and cycle illiteracy, we’ve partnered with Pack for a Purpose and the secondary school in Asni; the gateway into the higher Altas Mountains. Like many other areas, transportation to the large secondary school is very limited; resulting in many young girls dropping out. A project was developed to combat this issue by building a central boarding house for up to 100 girls ages 13 to 18 years old so they can continue their education. The Asni Boarding House for Girls is making a dent in the larger issue, however, the boarding house is over capacity and there is an urgent need for items to help sustain the project’s future.
We've built a team of badass women who will be biking through Morocco and surfing the coast, while donating supplies directly to the Asni Boarding House for Girls in the Atlas Mountains.
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Tackle Morocco’s legendary single track riding and soak up the friendly vibes of Berber mountain country. Dipping in and out of rust colored hillsides, palm carpeted desert canyons, and high mountain passes, we’ll ride for 5-6 glorious days. It promises to feel both familiar and wildy different than your rides back home. On the comfort of a full suspension bike, we’ll ride down old trading routes, cart paths, goat trails, dry riverbeds, flowing single track, and coastal roads. Anything it takes to get from the Berber regions in the mountains to the coast.
All great challenges have a glorious reward. For us, that reward is the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the chilled-out surf camp waiting at the end of the road. Soak your bones in the cool waters of the Atlantic, paddle out for a quiet SUP yoga session, or just lay around like a lazy bum. Your call. Our journey will start and end in the gem of the desert, the walled city of Marrakech.
Laurie T. | Boulder, CO
I'm an adventure-loving lady who spends every weekend exploring the Rocky Mountains by bike, snowboard, or foot. I work with Outdoor Women’s Alliance—a worldwide media and adventure collective nonprofit whose mission is to get other adventure-loving ladies outside.