THE FOUNDATION CREATED IN MARCH 2020 THE PLATFORM SOS MIGRANTS AND BECOMES THE REFERENCE INSTITUTION TO RESPOND TO THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
The year 2020 was marked by the Covid-19. Dealing with the coronavirus crisis has been a real challenge! Indeed, the migrant population, already extremely vulnerable, has been deeply afftected by the pandemic and its consequences. Many people lost their jobs and this has had a domino effect with immediate repercussions on basic needs: food and housing. Fondation Orient-Occident therefore mobilized very quickly to respond to this emergency situation. Without the commitment and professionalism of all our staff, we would not have been able to respond to this humanitarian crisis in such an effective way. The creation, in 24 hours, of the SOS Migrants platform, at the very beginning of March 2020, made it possible to mobilise, day by day, our teams spread at the national level in our various centers in Rabat, Casablanca, Oujda, Tangier, Marrakech… Distribution of food baskets and vouchers, housing assistance, and psychological assistance have been the focal points of intervention.
The PsyFOO listening unit created by our psychologists in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier has strengthened support and psychological listening already available to our beneficiaries. Our radio, the F-Radio also demostrated to be an extremely effective tool that gave migrants a voice and listened to their needs during this time. The Migrants du Monde workshop has perfectly fulfilled its mission by producing hundreds of face masks. The production of face masks allowed the women who work in the Atelier to continue working during this difficult time and also helped raising awareness on good practices to prevent the contamination of COVID. All this has been possible thanks to our partners who stood by our side during this year.
Many foreign and Moroccan institutions have provided financial assistance to support our beneficiaries in this period of crisis. We received many individual donations and many of our projects turned their focus on providing aemergency aid.
WHAT IS SOS MIGRANTS ?
-A team of 18 Foundation employees dedicated to the project.
-A national coverage through the Foundation centers in Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, Oujda, Marrakech, and their regions.
-A reinforced humanitarian assistance.
-A listening unit.
-The distribution of vouchers/food baskets/hygiene kits/telephone cards etc.
-The creation of several virtual platforms with all partners.
-The Strengthening e-learning.
-Ipad distribution for online education.
-The involvement of community agents.
-The creation of “Allo Psyfoo”: emergency assistance and listening unit and a psychological caravan run by our 3 psychologists (centers in Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier) linked to the F radio (the radio of the Fondation Orient-Occident).
– The creation of a toll-free number / Psychological assistance
– The production of masks in the Atelier Migrants du Monde.
An awareness program.
-Strengthening of the RAMI network (Africa Migration Integration Network) and joint action.
-SOS Migrants is a partnership with IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, Embassy of the Netherlands.
-The contribution (donations) of many individual donors.
Partners: the Embassy of the Netherlands, IOM – International Organization for Migration, UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Unicef, with the co-financing of the European Union, EIRENE Foundation, Association Vivre Ensemble, CLUB DAFI, Association Young Migrants. With the support of the F Radio and of the Atelier Migrants du Monde.