NGOs in Morocco play an important role in promoting social issues which are not addressed by the government. Within the framework of the restrictions of the powerful monarchy, local and international NGOs have also pursued a number of issues, including the fight against poverty, health education and the defense of women's rights.
Over the last 20 years improvements have been made to women. Economic and political liberalization have contributed, as well as the efforts of national and international organizations. The government has also done positive steps by releasing parliamentary seats for women. However, the gap remains between the sexes.
With an average age of 27 years, Morocco has a young population. Together with the high poverty rate, this means that Morocco has a high number of vulnerable children living in poverty. Abuse, malnutrition and neglect are common. Volunteers bring affection and energy, and share their culture and skills.
Morocco has been trying to improve health care throughout the country. However, there are still problems with access and quality. Many Moroccans suffer from diseases that could be avoided or treated with modern methods. There is still a lot to do, especially in the field of education. Volunteers bring their experiences and skills with them.