The Background

C.L.I.M.B. served as a six-month outdoor leadership program for 10 youth from rural backgrounds in the Essaouira Province. The idea to implement a unique, hands-on learning program was already being cultivated by a local, public spirited gym trainer by the name of Mohamed Amine. In rural parts of Morocco, there are few opportunities for youth to develop themselves through activities, outside of a rigid classroom setting. We teamed up and developed a program that aimed to meet these goals: 

  1. Foster an appreciation of the environment 

  2. Develop physical fitness skills and education on healthy lifestyles

  3. Strengthen leadership and critical thinking skills

  4. Be trained in outdoor risk management techniques and mountaineering skills

  5. Explore the diverse outdoor landscape of Morocco 

As a group, we overcame challenges of environment, ability, and availability of resources but most importantly developed strong team morale. From 40km across the scorching beaches of Essaouira to the bitter peak of Mt. Toubkal, we reached our goal. Ten students summited the highest peak in North Africa at 13,671ft. The first girls in the history of Talmest & Birkouat, two villages in the Essaouira Province, climbed Mt. Toubkal. Check out the project below!

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"Without Mohammed and the other participants, I wouldn't have made it up that mountain [Jbel Toubkal]. He taught us how to be patient when difficult situations come our way and how to work together as a team to achieve a goal. I never thought in my life I'd do something like this, it's an experience I'll never forget. "

-Najat, CLIMB Female Participant