Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Feedback on Victoria Falls visit please
  2. 2 house exchange
  3. 3 Trip Report TRIP REPORT – 5 fantastic weeks in South Africa, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Mauritius
  4. 4 casablanca airport taxis
  5. 5 Is it Possible to Buy Advance Tickets to the Hassan 2 Mosque?
  6. 6 Trip Report Keep watching the news and DON'T believe my trip report
  7. 7 Trip Report Now is a GREAT time to visit Egypt! (Trip Report)
  8. 8 Insect Repellent
  9. 9 Marrakech, Demnate, Essaouira on slow
  10. 10 First Attempt South Africa Itinerary - Advice Please
  11. 11 Which Would you Recommend as an Outdoor Day trip from Marrakech?-Imlil or Cascades d'Ouzod
  12. 12 Tiberias with kids
  13. 13 Lion World
  14. 14 Advice, please: Addo Elephant Park to Cape Town AIrport on Garden Route
  15. 15 East Africa Safari 1st Time- Summer 2016
  16. 16 Trip Report Trip Report: Madagascar and Rwanda
  17. 17 Israel in April - itinerary help
  18. 18 Kgalagadi Transfrontier NP
  19. 19 Mpumalanga visit
  20. 20 safe areas to go on safari
  21. 21 Trip Report Rabat opinion and prices in Rabat + video
  22. 22 Trip to Kenya in August 2016
  23. 23 Okavango and Kalahari in December
  24. 24 Victoria Falls
  25. 25 WOMEN DRIVING IN SA
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Balls of Peace in Morocco

Jump to last reply

Everywhere you go in Morocco you see little boys playing soccer. Usually their balls are beat up or totally deflated. Often they use tin cans or boxes. A new ball is almost unheard of -- who indeed can afford the $7-10 dollars for such a thing. So, rather than pennies or chocolates or small balls, I got my driver to take me to a walmart equivalent and bought about 8 inexpensive soccer balls. Everywhere we saw kids playing without a proper ball, we stopped, and the driver lined them up, got them to agree on how to share and who would be in charge -- and left behind a beaming group of young men, who knew on that "the American" bought them a soccer ball. I truly urge you to pass this one while you are there, even if you only do one.

Unfortunately I never came up with anything as good for girls. Jump ropes, jacks, and yes they do love pens (they cost a LOT there) and small notebooks are true treasures... but in most places where I was , the girls don't play outdoor sports.

Perhaps you can't afford much and this trip is for you, as it was for me, a once in a lifetime... but when you get there, and you see the poverty, you will be glad to have brought a few things to give away. The money I spent was a lot for me, but the smiles of joy were far more payment than I deserved.

TF

4 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement