AN ENCOUNTER, NEW REALITIES
IN 2005, DISABLED SPORT IN TETOUAN
Sports for the Moroccan Disabled Project
First Edition of the Swiss Morocco Golf Trophy -
July 1, 2005
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Swiss Morocco Golf Trophy
In order to defend and to let people know its Developing
Sports for the Moroccan Disabled Project, the Switzerland-Morocco
Foundation for Sustainable Development (SMFD)
organised the first edition of its Swiss Morocco Golf
Trophy on July 1, 2005.
Under the patronage of M. Adolf Ogi, former President of
the Swiss Confederation and current Special Adviser to the
Secretary General of the United Nations on Sports for Development
and Peace, and under the aegis of the Royal Moroccan Golf
Association (FRMG), this event gathered several personalities
from Switzerland, Morocco and the International Community.
Golf, which is a sport traditionally reserved to the upper
class of the population, was serving the most underprivileged
and deprived children.
Generous sponsors contributed to this event: they allowed
us to give all the funds that were raised to the Developing
Sports for Disabled Project. Today, our Foundation carries
on with its mission. We now look for other donators, partners
and sponsors in order to provide all the success opportunities
to this project.
Concrete objectives of the Developing
Sports for Disabled Project
The Developing Sports for Disabled
Project is the major project, which is developed
by the SMFD. With this initiative, our Foundation
supports a Moroccan association - the Hanane Association
-, which takes care of disabled children (sensorially,
physically and mentally impaired). We want to give
them a structure as well as human and material resources.
We will manage to improve and
to reinforce the Hanane II centre of the Hanane Association
by setting up a games hall, by building up a swimming-pool
that suits the rehabilitation needs and by training
the staff that manages and supervises the sports activities
of the disabled children.
The major challenge is to develop the disabled children
physical abilities (coordination, balance, motivity) so
that they can socially integrate and have a better value
of themselves. Dreams and hopes of the disabled children
will then come true. From this moment on only, the disabled
children smiles and laughs will start and light up their
This concept will allow this pilot project to shine forth
on all Northern Moroccan regions (Oriental, Tanger-Tetouan
and Taza - Al Hoceïma- Taounate regions) and then on
the whole country of Morocco. Data and Statistics that will
be collected will allow us to see what the strongest points
are and what the weakest points are. These actions are undertaken
in order to light up the physically, sensorially and mentally
impaired children of the Hanane Association.
The Hanane Association
The Association motto is simple:
Hanane Association for the protection and the support
of disabled children.
The Association, which is based in
Tetouan, a city in the North of the Kingdom of Morocco,
allows disabled children to live socially and economically
as normally as possible.
With a school, a training and an
apprenticing structure for the iron and joinery work,
the Hanane II centre of the Hanane Association houses
410 children. Mentally impaired children are the most
numerous children (60%). Then, there are sensorially
(30%) and physically (10%) impaired children.
Even though the Hanane Association staff accomplishes an
extraordinary job, many improvements could still be done.
In fact, beyond the listening, the time and the dedication
women and men offer daily to these children, infrastructures
are cruelly lacking.
The knowledge transfer and the SMFD
To accomplish this project, SMFD relies on the partnership
of the Health High School of Geneva (HEDS) - Physiotherapy
Department, Fédération PluSport Sport Handicap
Suisse, the University of Applied Science Western Switzerland
(HES SO), the Foyer Handicap Foundation Geneva and Jeunesse
We all work in the heart of the human sustainable development:
use and adaptation of existing sports infrastructures, adjustable
sports facilities, etc. Our project is also linked to the
"Agenda 21" (action plan for the global sustainable
development). However, the creation of local jobs, the reinforcement
of infrastructures can only come true if everyone feels
concerned about it.
Besides partners, the SMFD relies on its supporting
and donating members. Now, we are collecting and looking
for funds from partners or donators so that this initiative
benefits from the best opportunities. Because a child's
smile is priceless.
to the success of the SMFD
an SMFD supporting member
an SMFD donating member