Faouzi Filali

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Faouzi Bin Abdelkarim Filali is the representative of the Moroccan Scouts Organisation in Fez. Here, he talks about the Delegation’s project to support African students:

This was a project at the national level, and its aim is a moral and humanitarian one, to stand in utmost solidarity with our African brothers   leaving their own countries behind. Financially, the initiative sought to support their purchasing power first, so that they could provide for themselves more easily. It was important to us to be able to provide this small amount of support, in keeping with our capabilities, to our brothers, these students from abroad, so that they could be able to access their daily necessities.

On the meaning of collaboration in implementing a project with diverse partners:

This isn't the first time we take part in a pluralist project. For over twenty years we’ve been working on pluralist programs. The experience we had with Global Moroccans/Moroccans of the World isn’t new to us. This organization includes many of our friends, people who were once scouts, whom we know very well. And so when they wanted to undertake this work they came to us, because they knew we’d help them make their project a success, and that what we offer will reach those it’s meant to reach.

Then he goes on to talk about the conditions that needed to be met by the African students receiving support:

There was no list of conditions. We had only one condition for this project: that the student be coming from outside Morocco, from one of the African countries. We didn’t care about ethnicity or religion, because we believe that humanitarian work knows no religion. So the goal was very specific, and it was to support African students only, and we didn’t need to know anything else.

On the difficulties they faced in the implementation of the project:

Legally speaking, there were no obstacles, because first as I said, we’ve been doing this work for a long time, and so we know the ins and outs of Moroccan law very well and know how to get things done very easily. In terms of Moroccan social traditions, I’m certain that these students will receive support from their Moroccan neighbors without a second thought to either their religion or ethnicity, for even customs and traditions in Morocco don’t pose any sort of obstacle to humanitarian or social work.

On the project’s impact on the beneficiaries:

I wish you could have been with us while we were distributing the aid so you could see the joy on most of the students’ faces. We had problems with a very rare few, three or four people who thought that this support was a right rather than a privilege, and they spoke to us inappropriately. But we understood their situation and didn’t respond in kind. The positives however were many, and the most important one was the students’ joy, and the relationship we still have with them. They have our phone numbers and they still communicate with us, because this is the human relationship that joins us together until today.