The Party’s Over…

…but Eden’s Pajama Project is still in full swing.

Below you’ll find a video update from Eden about what’s been happening with the donations. We thought she’d collected 41 pairs by the end of the day of her party, but many of the packages contained 2 pairs together! So there were well over 50 pairs for sure. Many thanks to the friends and family who were so generous. We were so glad that you could celebrate with us in this way!

Saadia has been receiving packages in Essaouira, too. Thanks again to those of you who are donating directly. She was particularly excited about one that arrived from New York City!

So far, the plan is to give many of the donations to school kids in the countryside, and there is another small town where there is already an existing charity to kids in need — many of them orphans. As we will be in Morocco in October, we plan to be visiting at least one of these two locations to give out your donations personally. Eden is really looking forward to meeting all of the kids.

I also want to take this opportunity to offer special thanks to some of our dear friends for helping us get the word out about this project.

Veronika at Veronika’s Blushing

Stephanie at Stephanie Snowe: The Blog

Yvonne at My Halal Kitchen

Anyway, here is the video… And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about how you can help make bedtime better for Moroccan kids this year – joel@saadiaorganics.com. And please do continue to spread the word about this project. We really want to reach Eden’s goal of 300 pajama packages.

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UPDATE on Eden’s Pajama Project

First, we’d like to thank everyone who has been donating. The corner of my bedroom is piling up with bags of very cute and cozy PJs for Moroccan kids. Many have included some great little toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste, too. Thank you so very much! The Big Shipment will be sent by courier after Eden’s birthday party next weekend.

And over in Morocco… Saadia has been receiving packages, too! I’m sure she has quite a pile accumulating in her little living room. She said most of them have been from the United States. Thanks so much to our marvelous American friends. Your generosity is much appreciated.

There is still plenty of time to donate. We’ll continue this well into the fall. You can see the details of the project here.

If you have yet to purchase any PJs, please consider buying for a boy!

Eden is thrilled that so many of you have viewed her blog post and is quite shy that people are actually watching her You Tube video! Again, please share the information about this project on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever! Help Eden reach her goal of 300 packages

“My Mom and my Grandma Saadia give jobs to Moroccan Mommmies. I make bedtime better for Moroccan kids.” Eden, Almost 5 years old

Help us continue to gather little “luxuries” for these little Moroccans this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eden in windy Essaouira, March 2012

Presenting…. Eden’s Pajama Project

Hi everyone!  My name is Eden and I’m going to be five years old on August 15th.

I am very lucky.  I have lots of clothes, toys, books and I even have my own room.  But I have been to Morocco where my Grandma Saadia lives.  Lots of the kids there don’t have very many things.  No toys or art stuff.  And not very many clothes to wear. Some kids smaller than me have to sell tissues on the streets for money.  It makes me feel sad.

I was surprised when my Daddy told me that hardly any poor Moroccan kids have pajamas.  I have lots and lots and lots of pajamas.  I wear a fresh pair every night.  But not Moroccan kids.  They just wear their school clothes when they sleep.

I don’t like bedtime very much.  I’d rather stay up and play or do fun things.  Sleeping is boring.  But I am happy that I have nice pajamas to wear.  I put them on and then I brush my teeth and then I go to bed.  I want Moroccan kids to have these things, too.

My birthday party is on August 11th this year. I am asking my guests to bring presents for kids in the countryside of Morocco instead of presents for me.  My mom asked me how many pairs of pajamas I’d like to collect.  I said 30.  Then I asked her how many poor kids there are in Morocco.  She said a few million.  Then I changed my mind. I would like to collect presents for at least 300 kids in Morocco.  Wouldn’t it be crazy if we got 3000?

If you would like to help you can send a package directly to my Grandma in Essaouira.  In the package, please put:

  • 1 pair of brand new pajamas (for hot weather or cool weather) for a school-aged girl or boy (size 5-12)
  • 1 new kids toothbrush (most kids don’t get to go to the dentist in Morocco)
  • 1 new tube of kids toothpaste

And take it to the post office and mail it to:

Saadia Sabour
Rue Chbanate No. 118
Essaouira, Morocco

tel: 0666 25 20 84

After my Grandma gets these packages, she will give them to my Uncle Omar.  He is a teacher in a poor school in the countryside.  If he gets lots and lots of pajamas, he will give them to other schools with kids who need things.  If you want to add some school supplies in the package for the kids, that would be nice, too.  But I really want lots of kids to get new pajamas this summer.

Please help my birthday wish come true!

Eden


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Thanks for reading and watching!  Please share this on Facebook, Tweet this link, and tell your friends and followers to do the same. I’d really like to hit Eden’s goal of 300 pajama packages.  Please leave a comment below if you plan on donating!  We’ll be giving regular updates as to how many packages are sent to Morocco for Eden’s Pajama Project.

Joèl
Eden’s Mom
Saadia’s Daughter in Law
Co-Owner of Saadia Organics Argan Oil

An Interview with Saadia

Saadia with a handful of fresh Argan fruit. Just south of Essaouira, Morocco.

 

Saadia Organics isn’t just a random name our company chose for itself. Saadia is the mother in law of co-owner, Joèl, and is also our Production Manager.

Here is a little interview with Saadia conducted and translated by her son, Greg. (Joèl’s husband).

How long have you been making Argan Oil?

I have being making Argan Oil since I was 15 or 16 years old.  I helped my mom make it for us to eat or for my father to sell in the market.

How do you, personally, use your Argan Oil?

I grew up using Argan Oil in my hair.  I’d put some through before washing it.  I still use it in my hair now.  I also use it on my skin.

What makes your Argan Oil so special?  It really is different than other brands available?

I make sure to get only the BEST quality Argan fruit pits from farms that have no goats.  I have to pay a lot more money for pits for our oil, but it’s worth it.  The kernels inside are always fresh.  They are from healthy trees.  If a goat is climbing all over a tree, branches break.  The tree is unhealthy.  How can you get healthy fruit from an unhealthy tree?  I am very picky about choosing my materials.  Also, my Argan Oil is made by hand.  No machines.  Machines can warm up the oil while it’s being made.  Argan Oil for beauty should not be made with any heat at all.  So yes, this oil is different.  Very different.  Most brands don’t really care about the farms where the fruit is picked from.  They don’t care about the freshness of the pits.  They just want a cheap price when they’re buying them.  They also want the oil to be made quickly.  So they use machines.  It takes us a long time to make a litre of oil for Saadia Organics, but it’s worth it.  The quality is the best.

What did you think when Joèl asked you about creating a company to sell your oil?

I though it was a great idea!  We want to share this special oil with others.  It’s so rare to be able to find Argan Oil that is of the best quality.

How has Saadia Organics made a difference in your day to day life?

It so good to know that you have your own income.  Women in Morocco feel proud when they are able to support themselves.  And I am very proud to now be able to support not only myself, but also the other women who work for Saadia Organics.  This company has meant a big change for them and their families .

Any plans on how you would like to spend your new income?

I plan to buy a different apartment in Essaouira.  My current building is not in great shape and in need of some big repairs.  I want to find a “new” place – probably outside of the medina – that is safe and secure.

As the company grows, your need for more people to help make the oil grows. What kind of women would you like to hire?

I would like to grow the company and hire a lot more women.  And I also would like to do after work programs that teach these women – as most of them have never had the chance to go to school.  I particularly want to hire single moms, single women, and women who are supporting their families.  It is not easy for a woman to support herself and her children in Morocco alone. 

What has been the biggest challenge in becoming the Production Manager for Saadia Organics?

For me?  None really!  As we get busier I will be able to hire more women.  But that won’t be difficult.  It’s easy to find women who are willing to work in a safe, private place for good wages. 

What is your ultimate dream for Saadia Organics?

I would be excited to see this become a famous, international company.  Known for the best quality Argan Oil available.

How else might we help the women of Morocco?

Know that buying this oil is really helping change our lives over here.  And I want to say thank you – it means a lot to them.  And to me. 

Saadia and Greg on an Argan farm – March 2011

A Review of Saadia Organics Argan Oil – by: Jennifer Madigan

Hi Joèl and Ainslie!

My son was suffering from a very bad rash while he was teething. I tried everything that the doctor recommended but nothing worked. I finally tried your awesome Argan Oil and the rash went away in TWO days. His skin looks awesome and I don’t have to worry about him ingesting the product because it is edible. Love, love your product!

Jennifer Madigan
L2 Accent Reduction Centre
www.l2accent.com

Jonah Madigan – rosy cheeked and rash free!