The Afoulki association works in Morocco and France to promote education and professional training for women in Essaouira (Morocco). Renovated with the help of the Eiffage Foundation, the association’s premises were inaugurated on 7 July at Vauban fortifications in Blaye (Gironde). Project supporter Damien Cordet (Eiffage Energie Systèmes), talks about the association.
Founded in 2003, Afoulki (signifying “goodness” in the Berber language) is a Franco-Moroccan solidarity association that works to promote education for young girls and professional training for women in Essaouira (Morocco).
In partnership with a “Compagnons Bâtisseurs” professional integration worksite project, and with the help of the Eiffage Foundation, the Afoulki association has renovated two former barracks at Vauban fortifications in Blaye (Gironde). The inauguration of its new premises took place on Saturday 7 July 2018, attended by Véronique Hammerer - local elected official for the Haute-Gironde region, Denis Baldès - mayor of Blaye, as well as members of the association and the project’s partners. The premises will include a showcase shop (with products from Morocco, exhibitions and workshops).
Damien Cordet, project manager at Eiffage Energie Systèmes, talks about supporting the Afoulki association.
Why did you want to get involved with the Afoulki France association and support it via the Eiffage Foundation?
Christian Cursol, founder of the Afoulki association, contacted me several years ago through a mutual acquaintance, for technical support on one of his first projects and introduced me to the association. Since then, I have been collaborating with him on a regular basis for his various activities in France and Morocco. When he asked if I would support his application to the Eiffage Foundation for help with his latest project, I naturally agreed.
How are you involved in the project? What is your role as project supporter?
I regularly work with the association to prepare, set up and oversee worksites. For this particular project, based in the Gironde region, I am helping to oversee the interior works on behalf of the association.
What do you gain personally from supporting this association? What are the benefits for the association itself?
This support has been vital for the association, because without it the project would not have got off the ground. For me personally, I am proud that my company was willing and able to work with the Afoulki association, which promotes the integration and education of women in Morocco.
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