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UNICEF Morocco & Our Plan

Challenges faced:

One of the biggest challenges we faced while we worked on the initial project was avoiding mission creep. As one of the only groups with a solidified based on the ground, there was a strong temptation for us to try and play a bigger role than was perhaps appropriate, given the actual size of our ranks. More importantly, doing so would have compromised our work with our target group, children and women, by focusing our work in areas unmatched with our specific expertise.

Another challenge we confronted was making sure that our approach was sufficiently holistic; we wanted to ensure that we were taking all cultural, political, economic and logistical factors into consideration. We realized the high stakes nature of this exercise: if one factor is neglected, it has the potential to make or break an intervention.

Overall, this exercise revealed to us the paradox that non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations face in times of crisis: there is pressure from outside for “something to be done” about the disaster, yet attempting to work with anyone other than the population specified in your mission statement may be ineffective or even harmful.

* Who is your target population?
Women and Children are our primary target. As a short-term goal, we would like to ensure overall health and sanitation for our target population. However, we are also working towards providing women and children with the means to increase their quality of life despite the setbacks that the earthquake may have caused.

* What is your overall plan?
Our overall plan is divided into short term and long term activities designed to provide humanitarian relief.
Short term activities include:
-Distribution of water kits and food to families at de-centralized locations, such as our partner schools, around the city
Long term activities include:
-Physical and emotional therapy for children and women who have lost limbs or face other severe injuries
-Training to assist injured individuals to reintegrate into society and the job market.
-Assistance to families who take on orphaned extended family members through a school lunch program

* What is your timeline?
The timeline for our short-term goals is approximately 6 months to a year; pending reassessment and whether its goals are met. The sooner that we can ensure clean water and food as well as any medical assistance, the sooner we can move onto our long-term goals.

* What organizations are you working with?
We are working with the local NGOs within the city and throughout the country with whom we have established long standing partnerships through the last few years we have spent working together.

* How will you be monitoring progress?
We will be reevaluating our progress through a variety of measures. Firstly, we will be in constant communication with local partners to gain an idea of perspectives on the ground. Additionally, once our framework is in place and we have a better sense of which communities we will be heavily involved in, we will be able to gather information more directly, through surveys and other information gathering tools.

* What additional resources will you need?
We will need the means to be able to provide clean water and food to our target audience. As well, in terms of our long-term goals, we will need the financial capacity and community cooperation to implement our educational programs and meal plans.

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