Established in 1994, Fondation Orient-Occident (FOO) is a Moroccan non-profit organization recognized of public utility. Intellectually and practically conceived as a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean, its mission is to come towards the difficulties of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods and to promote employability by setting up socio-educational and professional training structures throughout Morocco. It strives to provide the poor with a place where everyone can learn, enjoy, and share. In a second time, considering the increasing flow of migrants and refugees, the Fondation Orient-Occident, that initially only worked with young underprivileged Moroccans, expanded its humanitarian programming to embrace both Moroccans and non Moroccans, particularly migrants and refugees.
Nowadays present in Rabat, Oujda, Casablanca, Larache, Safi, Youssoufia and Khouribga, the Foundation has developed an original approach – south / south – to migration. Thanks to its reception and listening centers as well as to its training facilities, it accompanies migrants who arrive in Morocco as well as those wishing to return permanently to their countries of origin. Its structures of support to voluntary return, offer these people a favorable environment and opportunity for successful reintegration.
Fondation Orient-Occident works for the protection of diversity, and for the valorisation of all cultures. Through the organization of projects and intercultural activities the Foundation intends to promote the encounter and the dialogue between the many people inhabiting together in the same land.
The Foundation has also developed recognized expertise in the management of social conflicts. It has, in partnership with the OCP Foundation, promoted a project of animation in the territories adjacent to major mining sites, which are often subject to social tensions (Khouribga – Youssoufia Region).
Fondation Orient-Occident is working to expand its expertise to Europe, and it is nowadays present in Italy (Lecce). AFOOFRANCE Paris and “Friends of the Fondation Orient-Occident” – New York, were also established, in 1996 and 1998 respectively.
Vision and Mission
Bridging the gap between the Western and Eastern realities for the benefit of the economy, societies and cultures; operating nationally and internationally through development projects, through socio-economic partnerships and cultural actions.
Fields of Expertise
Territorial and Community development, solidarity economy, social education, promotion of employment, animation of the territory, training, support for regional actors, development and valorization of cultural and human heritage.
Migration and Eco-Development: Approach South / South and North / South to migration, reception structures, listening centers, orientation, clandestine migration, training, skills development, voluntary return assistance.
Accompaniment of Enterprises RSE and Corporate.
Interculturality at the service of the economy, society and culture