GLOW Camp- Hfla / Health Day!

So we are nearing the end of my narration of events of GLOW Camp… this was the last full day and by this point we were a little tired but still excited for the girls. So we started the day off with my fabulous exercise teacher (who, I am not sure if I have mentioned, has a black belt in Taekwondo) teaching some easy self-defense moves…

selfdefense-002 selfdefense-014 selfdefense-016Then, unfortunately our SIDA (AIDS in French) presenter was sick and we were not able to find another. But we were fortunate enough to have a presentation in Arabic that our wonderful counterparts were able to present.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For me, the mudawana (family code), sexual harassment and SIDA workshops were the most important. These workshops are often difficult to implement on their own so I felt that these were topics that were vital for the girls to experience, think about and hopefully talk about later.

Then we prepared for the afternoon Hfla (or party) to celebrate the end of camp! Which meant that the girls took hours getting ready- doing their hair, makeup, changing outfits. For the afternoon time an amazing counterpart come in and do some art with the girls as well as set up exhibitions to talk about Larache history and culture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcutting the tie to the afternoon events




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfabulous glass painting

Then we began our Hfla events. It is customary with every accomplishment here in Morocco that everyone is given certificates… so we handed out certificates to the workshop presenters, the girls and also gave them a fabulous t-shirt!!!!!!!

We were also fortunately able to provide gifts for our presenters and my counterpart arranged for an all girls Genoua group to come and perform. Genoua is a very traditional type of music performed in Morocco.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGenouan girls in purple comin’ to start the party!!!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhanding out certificates, obviously (me) someone forgot to do their hair


the gift for our workshop presenters OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgifts for our amazing counterparts that were there throughout the entire week!!!!

The party/celebrations continued into the night, as the girls danced, laughed and just enjoyed each other’s company and the new relationships that they had formed.


some of the campers, volunteers, and workshop presenters!

Even though this was our last full day, we knew that we still had a lengthy morning of goodbyes ahead of us!

Stay tuned for reflection and goodbyes!



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