A Mothers Journey
25th to 29th March 2018
While myself and Sue were in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco in September 2017, we noticed women washing clothing in the stream. 2 major problems with this, 1 phosphates and other pollutants get into water and are washed down stream where more people drink it, 2. the women spend sometimes all day washing the clothing therefore loosing valuable time with their children.
We were thinking what we could do to help the mother as she is the heart of the family, in most cultures in the world and from all economic classes when the mother goes the family fall apart or just go their own way.
In very poor communities like the Berber people if the mother dies in can spell disaster for the children.
We decided we would carry a washing machine up to the poor villages and give it to a mother so we can make life easier for her and free up time she can spend with her family.
When we returned to Ireland we first put together the November Journey "Our Journey Into Their World" this very soon filled up, so it was time for some forward planing and for the next trip "A Mother Journey" and sure doesn't every one have or had a mammy
By December 15 people were booked for this Journey. if the 2 camera men come along again and make a second documentary it will be 17 people.
You may ask why carry them? If we were to buy them and drop them on the bottom of the mountain and let the families collect them, it would have no meaning for the people on the mountain or the 15 people coming from Europe.
While we walk, sweat and talk every foot step will have a meaning, you would need to ask the 8 people who carried the the gifts on donkeys in November 17 what it meant to them.