Today Café Clock’s storytelling program postponed its usually scheduled storytelling practice to travel to Douar Ladaam, 20 minutes outside of Marrakech, so that the storytellers could volunteer their time with the girls of Project Soar. Project Soar empowers young girls living near Peacock Pavilions through art and sports activity. Today’s activity was storytelling!
After the girls introduced themselves and went through a series of affirmations (I am strong!), one of our apprentices, Malika spoke to them about the importance of keeping Morocco’s storytelling tradition alive. Malika kept her audience enrapt, as she shared with them a fable about a clever woman, who proved that women are trickier than men. Malika, herself, is one of Morocco’s first female storytellers and hoped to impart upon workshop participants the message that they too can learn the traditional craft.
Once the story concluded, Malika and her colleagues, Jawad and Mehdi broke the group up into pairs to give the Project Soar girls a chance to weave their own tales. We heard many creative stories and at the end several courageous girls shared their stories with the larger group. Finally, Lhaj Ahmed Ezzarghani wove his own narrative for the group. Lhaj and the apprentices agreed that all of the young ladies had the makings of creative storytellers and all hope to work with these budding talents in the future!