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inspiring literacy, building friendship

Since 2014, we have developed English libraries in communities of Morocco that need them and want them, in collaboration with local high school teachers (where?). These libraries and the after-school clubs we partner with are a "space for great things to happen," including a love of literature and civic and environmental engagement.

Our program has evolved to a nationwide Short Story Competition for Moroccan students, and that is our main focus in 2023. We also publish books from this competition to encourage the young writers and to share their voices with others in Morocco and beyond. Our goal is to inspire the joy of learning and to help motivated young people know they can make a positive difference in this world.

Your tax-deductible support makes this possible.

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In last year's Competition (2022), the theme was "Life in Morocco" — past, present, or future. We received 25 stories from young writers all over the country. We were delighted that many of the writers this year chose to weave in a modern interpretation of a traditional Moroccan myth. Congratulations to the three top writers, and to all students who particpated!

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The stories from the 2020 MLP Short Story Competition are available free as a PDF!

From the Oliveseed blog
The Access Language Center, Sparkling the Candles of Readers

"We believe that bringing people together to read and discuss as a group is one of the best ways to inspire a culture of reading and to boost critical thinking!"
~Ali Amhal, English instructor and founder of the Access Language Center, Biougra 
From the Oliveseed blog
Educating Girls Can Stop Gender Inequality in Morocco
"I promised myself to encourage my female students to study hard at school and to be ambitious... Education can transform the life of a girl. It can empower her to achieve her dreams."

~Ilham Haddadi, Khouribga 

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From the Oliveseed blog
Morocco Library Project — My Second Home
"Do you believe that books can affect us exactly as people do? That's the lesson I've learned through my three years’ experience with Morocco Library Project (MLP), my second home and my inspiration."

~Ferdawss Ben Malk, Taroudant 

From the MLP Videos

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"Reading is the most beautiful thing in life, simply because it is our window to the wide world out there and a bridge between cultures east and west."

~Nezha, age 16, Erfoud 


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