We have worked in tourism for many years, and have always strived to work with local communities. We feel that it is our joint responsibility to promote sustainable development in tourism and operate in a way that has a positive impact on the environment and the wellbeing of local people.
As a small company, we believe that the best way to have a positive impact is to work with partners and suppliers who are committed to an eco friendly policy of sustainability and share the same values; some of these might include: engaging and training of local staff in the preparation of meals, using only local seasonal produce, preserving water and electricity and using solar power wherever possible, as well as supporting local charities.
Mint Morocco’s first chosen charity is a small project called Jarjeer Mules, an outstanding and worthwhile project, just outside Marrakech, which takes care of elderly and mistreated donkeys, who after having spent most of their life working hard in the Medina are cared for in the countryside.
Jarjeer Mule and Donkey refuge – a haven of rest for working animals, is a wonderful charity which helps abused, disabled and elderly donkeys and mules set on a 6 hectare farm just outside Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
This amazing project is the brainchild of a generous English couple, Charles Hantom and Susan Machin who, with the help of their local workers, care for the donkeys and mules. Here they can enjoy the last few years of their life in natural surroundings with humans caring for them. Currently there are over 30 donkeys, who have been rescued from harsh circumstances, or from being put down, after having worked excessively hard in the Medina, or for too long on farms in the countryside. The animals are all given names to suit their temperament (including Tommy, Pablo and Jules!).
Located a 30 minute’s drive from Marrakech, the sanctuary is also open to visitors, so you can come to meet the donkeys yourselves, hear their heart-warming stories and experience first-hand all the good work that is being done, while enjoying a glass of mint tea and the spectacular surrounding views. A visit to Jarjeer Mules will certainly be a memorable occasion, and accompanied children can take a donkey ride or a short trek.
It costs about £800 a year for the upkeep of one donkey, which includes its food, essential shelter and bedding, plus medical care, so any donations are gratefully received. Mint Morocco has committed to donate £10 per booking to this worthwhile cause. If you are interested in visiting the sanctuary, please email us for details and directions.
Alternatively, if you wish to make a small donation online or sponsor a donkey, please contact Jarjeer.org.
Jarjeer Mules needs your help please.