The donations unit may not be medical, but it is the oldest unit of the Cœur de Gazelles caravan. It was with the donations unit that Marina and a few volunteers, who are still there today, first began visiting the small villages of southern Morocco to help the local populations. The test was a success, and led to the gradual addition of medical units to become the caravan we know today.
The donations are important for the local communities, but the focus is on intelligent donation. This means that nothing is given at random: while scouting the terrain for the caravan’s route, Fred, the caravan manager, puts together a list of families in the villages they will be visiting.
This list allows the distribution team in the field to give donations that meet real needs: a family with children will receive appropriate-sized clothing, toys, games and books whereas a Nomad family will receive warm clothing and blankets.
To facilitate their work during the caravan, the volunteers sort all the donations received at the Start Village of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Boxes are filled by category: adult clothing, children’s clothing, shoes, games, books, sports equipment, medical supplies…
This year, thanks to the Gazelles, more than 160 m3 of donations were collected and transported to Morocco by our logistics partners, Dupessey and Aïcha.
Many thanks to the generous donors and to Alain and Hassan, who transport the donations to the Cœur de Gazelles village every day.