Over the past few years the Gardens have had an informal ongoing partnership with the locally based environmental trust REEP https://reepinfo.org
REEP runs a number of international horticultural scholarships and partnerships across Britain, Spain and Morocco. Over the last five or six years we have hosted some trainees here for a short while, helped with an online English language learning programme for budding gardeners in Spain and Morocco and, more recently with REEP’s help, our assistant Gardener Tanya, has made a number of trips to Morocco to support and learn from projects there.
REEP supports three gardening projects for young women in mainly rural areas of the country. Over the past years Tanya has got to know many of the girls in the Foyer des Jeunes Filles and she is scheduled to go again in November this year.
On Sept 8th we were distressed to hear of the earthquake in Morocco which killed so many people and made many more homeless. We have been assured that all the girls are fine, but many have lost family members or have become homeless.
The Foyer (school building) is currently being used as temporary shelter for local homeless familes.
Fundraising for the girls, their families and community.
All of our staff and volunteers are keen to help out, even if it is just a little. We hope some of our visitors will help too.
During October, to help with fundraising, we will be doing a ‘drink deal’ in the cafe.
Cup of Tea and Biscuit : £2.80
Cup of Coffee/Hot Chocolate and biscuit £3.30
30p from every purchase will go directly to our ‘Morocco Appeal’
and will be passed to the director of le Foyer de Jeune Filles via our friends in REEP
So, we hope you will come and enjoy a sunny morning coffee in the Courtyard Cafe this month and you’ll be helping not just one, but two, charities
Many thanks in advance
more informaiotn about REEP is here https://reepinfo.org