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

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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!

Review of Saadia Organics Argan Oil – by: Joyce Keller

Saadia and Joyce – Essaouira, March 2011

I guess I will start at the beginning about how I began using Saadia’s Argan Oil. My daughter, Joèl, called me one night in January 2011 and asked me if I would like to go to Morocco with her. It was a deal we couldn’t refuse. Since I had never been anywhere in Africa before, and with the encouragement from my husband, I decided to accept the chance of a lifetime to go.

The most exciting part for me was to meet Saadia, as what we had in common was the love for our granddaughter Eden. There was a language barrier between us, but we had no problem at all communicating with each other. We shared some great laughs together, even though we couldn’t speak the same language.

We soon found ourselves on a horse and buggy ride to the new store that had just opened in town. I bought a few things to bring home, and bought some gifts for Saadia.  I can honestly say that was the best shopping trip I have ever been on.

We spent the next couple of weeks together just being a family. I have to say, I loved her cooking. I have never had Moroccan food before, but couldn’t help indulging in her carefully made dishes.

Joyce, Joèl and Eden, in the medina in Essaouira, March 2011

I also fell in love with Essaouira. We were treated so well, and the people there couldn’t do enough for us. Our holiday went so fast, and soon it was time to leave. As a parting gift, Saadia presented me with a half litre of Argan Oil that she had made just for me.  I didn’t know too much about it at the time, other than what my daughter had told me. But I thought I would give it a try.

In the year 2000, I had gone through a very stressful time in my life. I found myself being the caretaker of my mom who was suffering with dementia. I was finding it hard to accept the changes that were happening. Needless to say, I aged very quickly in the 6 years to follow.  It really took a toll on me. And all of the tanning I did in my youth probably didn’t help either – it really seemed to catch up with me.

So I started using Saadia’s Argan Oil regularly as nothing else was helping. The skin on my cheeks was sagging, and the wrinkles were very noticeable. I used to compare my neck to a turkey’s neck.  And the vertical lines on my chest were that of an old woman. Needless to say, I would turn the other way when I would see someone I knew. That was not a nice feeling at all. I could sense the stares that I would get from old friends, knowing what they were thinking of me after I had aged so quickly.

I told Joèl I would give Saadia’s Argan Oil a review, but only an honest one. It has been over a year now that I have been using this liquid gold, as I like to call it. The difference in my skin is amazing. The skin on my face is now at least 80% better. I also used to have black heads on my nose and they have disappeared.  I always disliked my deep pores and they have also have been minimized a lot.  I would say by 90%!

I no longer have that turkey neck, and my chest is now nice and smooth. People can hardly believe the difference. I use the oil on my nails as well. I was always picking at the dry skin around my cuticles, but that doesn’t exist anymore. I use it in my coarse hair as an overnight treatment, and my hair is now soft and silky.

As I said, I would only write a review on this after I had some honest results. I noticed a big difference after 7 months of use.  Give it a try!