Our Power and Why
Since March 2016, the Vilostrada Foundation have an international team of volunteers and experts that work together with the Nomad tribes of Sahara and local community around Tagounite.
To get to know each other, we decided on our first project – a solar panel driven well to secure access to water, and life in the desert. Water is Life. Our Tanmirt well, a 30 minute drive from Erg Chegaga, provides 8 000 liters of water an hour since November 2016..
Our Outcome & The Profit
In the end of 2019 and for 2020, we launch a wellness program to feed all senses. We will collaborate with an international community of musicians, healers and artisans to bring added happiness to everyday life.
When emergency and daily situations arise that need our attention in the Sahara, our team steps in to help with medicine, transports and repairs (for example a broken school tent), food supply, school material, shoes, clothes and solar panel driven lights. The well-being of the Nomads and local community of Tagounite fuels all our mutual efforts. In the long run, our goal is self-sustainability for the local community in all the projects we run.
We educate local cooperatives and associations with new knowledge to empower women to develop products and services that can earn them a living to support their families. We remind the communities of the amazing natural crafts already existing and bring back old traditions and materials such as wool – sometimes fitted to suit our modern times and new demand.
Our foundation has taught marketing, product planning and enhancing sewing, knitting and crocheting techniques in collaborations with local Moroccan teachers since 2014.
Tanmirt School Garden
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn
“We need all children to know they have the natural power to be anything they dream about”, says Victoria Ahlén, founder.
The masters of imagination are all of our children and they are on the move. We want each and every child to keep dreaming, inventing and taking responsibility for our planet. We need to create organic gardens and farms where all of these qualities can grow in real life. “The children are the good seeds we plant in the soil of creativity for the garden of our future”, says founder Victoria Ahlén.In Tagounite, we give the children a place to watch nature’s power when an organic farm grows from sand to soil and inspires a community for a future with natural powers and sustainable water usage. This is the learning space for children to watch seeds become trees, vegetables and flowers. This is a space where the imagination grows and the knowledge that all is possible in life is a given.
Our fundraiser opens soon for you to support with donations monthly, with your company and your expertise. We run this project in collaboration with Association Tidri of Tagounite.
Tanmirt Junior Club
A place by kids invented by kids in February 2018. Our mission for 2019, is to clean Tagounite and make it green. We empower the children with our motto: Ki Krak. This means in Amazigh: to give, to receive. During the first two hours, we clean the village and collect the rubbish in reusable plastic bags. After, we enjoy a snack before we play games, learn organic farming, jam music and whatever else the children wish. It takes a village to raise a child and we welcome all local volunteers to join us as well as international supporters to sponsor one kid per meet for €5.
- love and compassion with respect for each other. Saharan people on the move are masters of welcoming all of us to a world with no borders
- natural energy sources such as solar and wind
- use of natural materials such as wool, grass, Adobe/earth bricks where the Tagounite surrounding community already have, or recently had, the knowledge.
- We also spread ideas of upcycling and reusing items where the Nomads are master teachers.
- organic farming and tree plantation to secure our nature and stop desertification
- Tanmirt Juniors on the move cleaning their neighborhoods around Tagounite from all kinds of trash.
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