Morocco Community Development

I have been working on community development projects in the remote mountain region of Zawiya Ahansal, Morocco since 2006.  I first visited the region in 2003 for its impeccable multi-pitch limestone climbing.  It was on this trip that I fell in love with the place and its people.  Three years later I returned with a team of The North Face athletes and RushHDTV to complete a school renovation and trail restoration project in the village of Taghia.  The team also completed the first American route in the region, La Bas.

This initial partnership lead to the Igherm Restoration and Library Project; a collaboration among non profits, students and professionals, Moroccan community leaders, residents, and government officials resulting in a self-sustaining regional library system, via the preservation of a cultural icon – the Moroccan Kasbah (Igherm).  I have assisted Cloe, my wife and project manager, throughout the project, including designing and installing a solar power system for the library.

Project partners include The GlobalGiving Foundation, the Moroccan National Library, Montana State University, RushHDTV, and The North Face.

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