In Gateway, one of our core values is developing ‘Creative Partnerships’ and last month we had a great opportunity to see this in action. The Dar El Hanane team invited a group of volunteers and therapists from Demnate (a rural city about 100km north east of Marrakech) to complete our ‘Friends and Family Basic Life Support‘ course. The group included our GMA rep colleagues (Daniel and Kim Kristensen) and their local association partners who work with disabled people in Demnate.
As a family, we were able to share a tasty Friday couscous, extending some Marrakshi hospitality to our Amazigh friends; and then take them through our basic life support course. This local charity work a lot with disabled children and young people, providing various activities and teaching therapy techniques to mothers, so the skills that they learned that day will be invaluable to them. They left with confidence to use some new skills and also to pass on their new knowledge to the mothers that they educate. In return, we made lots of new friends and learned some key words in their local Tashelheit dialect, which will help us teach the course even better in the future!