Our mission at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center is to encourage at risk children and vulnerable youth to stay in school and avoid delinquency, drug addiction and extremism. Through various activities, we provide opportunities for these children to be good citizens and future leaders.
I visited the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center for the first time on Tuesday night, at the kick-off event for another year of programming. This is the center’s third year. It still looks nearly brand new.
The Sidi Moumen Cultural Center is run by IDMAJ, an association affiliated with the Moroccan Association of Sister Cities Casablanca Chicago. I’ve written about this place a couple of times*, and I’ve been hearing about the center for a few years now. This year I’ll finally get to learn about it first-hand as a volunteer for the Moroccan Association of Sister Cities Casablanca Chicago.
The center serves 300 children and is run mostly by volunteers, who got up onstage to be honored by the huge crowd of parents and children who’d gathered for opening night. In the middle of the crowd and wearing a suit is Boubker Mazoz, director of the Moroccan Association of Sister Cities Casablanca Chicago…and Rotarian!
Mr. Mazoz introduced me to the parents as the new Ousteda, or teacher, so I took a picture of the crowd from the stage. Take a look at this turnout…
What a breathtaking sight… not to mention show of faith in the center from the Sidi Moumen community.