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November 16, 2002

King Mohammed dedicates institution for deaf students in Oujda, meals to the poor

From: Arabic News
Nov. 16, 2002

Morocco, Local, 11/16/2002

Morocco's King Mohammed VI dedicated Thursday Oujda the Lalla Asma Institution for Deaf Students.

The king heard explanations on the activities of the institution, built over 1300 square meters.

The four-storeyed building was financed by a 4-million donation, and the plot of land on which the institution is built was offered by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

A hundred students will study at the institution, which also hosts a boarding house for pupils coming from neighbouring regions.

King Mohammed VI toured the various pavilions of the institution that dispense education to deaf students aged between 3 and 18.

The King, accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid, also distributed Thursday in the city Iftar meals to the poor.

The king heard explanations on the Iftar 2002 Operation which benefits 1,400 people in urban centres and 12,800 in rural areas in eastern Morocco.

The Mohammed V Solidarity Foundation earmarked 73 million dirhams (US$ 7.3 million) to finance the solidarity operation, staged during this year's fasting month of Ramadan.

Some 455,600 families in 507 localities will benefit from this year's operation.

The Foundation plans to distribute 44,500 iftar meals daily in 71 Moroccan cities and towns.

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