Najia poses with her two children and mother for a photograph. The family was eager to welcome us into their home and let us photograph them after buying a weeks worth of food for them. Najia has six children. Her husband works hard to support the family to make ends meet.

We met Fadma and her three children. Fadma's husband (who is not in the photograph) works as a cart pusher. A cart pusher is someone who basically pushes a cart to carry baggage for tourists or people who need large objects transported. This is one of the few jobs that many elderly males do here in Morocco. The days are very long and the market is very competitive. We were welcomed into the home and they showed a tremendous amount of gratitude for the food we provided.

Fatima has been bedridden for the past ten years. She lives in a small one-bedroom house with her two daughters. The one daughter stays at home to look after Fatima. The other daughter (whose husband passed not too long ago) cleans houses and looks after her own two children. Fatima was very delighted to have us come visit and to help her and her family out. Since she cannot walk, she is home all the time and rarely has company.

We went to the home of Khadija, age 72, and Mohammed, age 72. Neither Khadija nor her husband Mohammed is working. Mohammed (not in the photograph) has been sick for the past ten years and bedridden for those ten years as well. Khadija recently had eye surgery as she is going blind in the one eye and is seeking to get surgery on her second eye. The couple relies heavily on others for their survival. Their children come to stay with their parents to help with cooking, cleaning, and bathing, but they too struggle financially and have many children so they cannot offer too much financial support.

We were able to buy the family one-week worth of groceries. This included: 2 kilos of lentils, 4 kilos of couscous, 3 kilos of rice, oil, soap, sugar, tea, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, lemons, oranges, zucchini, eggplant, garlic, ginger, 33 eggs, bananas, parsnips, onions, and a weeks worth of adult diapers for Mohammed.

Mohammed (age 72), lives with his wife Khadija (age 72). Mohammed has been bedridden for the past ten years. He and his wife rely on their children for their survival.
Hafida and her daughter smile for the camera. Hafida is a single mother with six children. She occasionally gets work at the sardine factory, but business has been very slow.

Rkia lives in Essaouira. Since her husband passed 12 years ago, and because of her disability, the only way Rkia can make money is by sitting on the side of the street and begging for money. Rkia has four children but can not afford to have them live with her so they all live in different centers that look after youth in difficult circumstances.

Rkia lives in the back of a pool hall in a one-bedroom house. There is a shared kitchen in the building where people help her prepare food. Even though Rkia's circumstances are extremely difficult, her attitude was extremely positive and she constantly wore a smile. We bought her as much food as we could for the week, some new socks and pants. She was more than grateful and kept kissing our hands in gratitude.

Miriem poses with two of her children. Miriem is a single mother of six children. Miriem goes to great lengths to support all her children on her own. Four out of the six children are in school.

We were fortunate to have had ten digital cameras donated to our project. We organized a photography contest with ten young boys in the neighbourhood. They will be given two hours to take the best shot around the city. The winner will be rewarded by receiving their very own camera and will then work with us as our photographer. They will join us on each project, helping with the shopping and doing the photography. We will continue publishing their photography in our newsletters, website, and social media pages to give more exposure to their photography and the project itself.

Anwour smiles for his photograph. Anwour won first place in the photography contest. He will be working as our photograph for one week and will be paid a small fee. We will publish his images online and the money he earns goes towards helping his family.

We were welcomed into the two homes of Melouda and Hanan, both families of five, who were grateful for what we provided.

Miriem won for best photograph. She worked with us for two weeks where we payed her a small fee to help her family out. Miriem suggested we work with two families she knew needed assistance. Miriem goes to school with one of the children from each family she introduced us to for the project. 

Miriem photographs Fatiha and her three children. Fatiha and her husband are out of work at the moment and have a difficult time raising their three children.

Hussein was the winner for this weeks photography contest. He will photograph the project for two weeks.

Hussein photographs Nadia. Nadia lives in a one bedroom house with her mother, father, husband and three children. Nadia begs for change on the street.

We worked with Rabiaa and Abdoul and their three children. The family lives in a small village outside of Essaouira. Many people living in rural areas of Morocco have an extremely difficult life. They come into the cities for short periods of time, where just like Rabiaa, Abdoul and their family, stand on the side of street and beg for money.

The family is staying in a very inexpensive hotel and the parents each take their children on the streets each day and try to generate enough money to support all five of them. Difficult, difficult life.

Abdoussamad won for best photographer. He will be working with us for two weeks and getting paid a small wage. 

Abdoussamad photographs Fatima and her father and two children. Neither Fatima nor her father are working at the moment and rely on asking for money on street or the dependence of others for their survival.

Miriem became ill about four years ago. Her family was scared that her illness was contagious and feared they would catch whatever she was ill with. Miriem had no other option but to go to Essaouira on her own where she begs for change on the street. Miriem found out about four months ago that she has cancer. She lives in the area called Milla which is a -none-low income area where the poorest of the poor live. Many of the buildings are what would be considered a "squat" where people pay little to nothing for their home. The area has a strong stench of decay and garbage fills the street. It is literally a hell hole for anyone to live in, let alone a single woman battling cancer.

Mohammed sits outside his apartment as he poses for a photograph. Mohammed lives in Essaouira. Mohammed has always had a difficult life as he was born with many complications which his family could not afford to get him treatment. Mohammed spends his days sitting on the streets of Essaouira begging for money. He lives inside an apartment in Milla which he sleeps in at night and while he is out begging for money during the day prostitutes use this space for their work. 

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