Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen
Nora Fitzgerald BelahcenFounding President
Nora is an American-Moroccan who first conceived of Amal due to her desire to help the extremely poor women of Marrakech. She grew up in Morocco and is devoted to improving her community.
Annabelle Zeiddar
Annabelle ZeiddarBoard of Directors- Vice President
Annabella has been a member of the Amal board since September 2014. Leaving behind a legal career in London, she moved to Marrakesh thirteen years ago. As well as being a mother to her young son, she runs a successful business here with her Moroccan husband, and also works as an English language teacher.
Karim Zein
Karim ZeinBoard of Directors- Advisor
Karim Zein has been a board member at Amal since its founding. He has had an active role in working with international organizations for over 25 years in promoting development and creating environmentally sustainable business practices and conservation. Since 1995, Karim has been the acting president of Sustainable Business Associates, an international NGO based in Switzerland, working in Morocco and other Middle East and North African countries.
Michael Fitzgerald
Michael FitzgeraldBoard of Directors- Secretary
Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald has been involved in education in Morocco for the past thirty years both as a teacher and administrator. He is currently the director of the Center for Language & Culture, Marrakesh.
Oumaima Mhijir
Oumaima MhijirAmal-Targa Director
Born in Beni Mellal and raised in Mohammedia, Oumaima is an engineer. She graduated from ENSA (National School For Applied Sciences) in Marrakech. She became part of the Amal family in May 2015 as a communication manager. She, then, was promoted to the rank of director after just one year. Oumaima’s hobbies include surfing and DIYing!
Ahmed Soullam
Ahmed SoullamLogistic Officer
“My job is to make sure all logictical issues are resolved. I transport people to places, documents to the accountant, buy ingredients on time, fix small things like changing light bulbs and do some handyman jobs. In general, I fix what I can to assure a smooth operations for the rest of Amal’s team.”
Zakia Sakrone
Zakia SakroneAdministrative Officer
Zakia has a degree from PIGIER: Ecole de l’informatique et du réseau-IT & networking school and worked many years as an administrative assistant at a local hotel in Marrakesh. She joined Amal in 2014.
Houda Ismaili
Houda IsmailiService Trainer
Houda was born in Meknes and has spent most of her life in Marrakesh. She has worked in many high-end cafés and restaurants in Marrakesh. Houda comes to Amal because she loves the idea and vision of the Center.
Naima Ezzarhouni
Naima EzzarhouniChef - Moroccan Cuisine
Naima, one of the original founders of Amal along with Nora, has been an integral part of the Amal team since its conception.
Meriem Seddiki
Meriem SeddikiChef de Cuisine - Amal Gueliz
Meriem, one of our youngest staff, joined Amal in January 2014. After the departure of our previous chef Mhamed, she took over his role as she has a diploma in culinary arts. Meriem manages the kitchen with ease and has successfully handled many major events. She has been Amal’s chef since March 2016. Meriem has a beautiful daughter.
Kenza Taarji
Kenza TaarjiAmal-Gueliz Director
Kenza joined Amal in May 2016. Kenza holds a master’s degree from ENCG-Tangiers. Kenza worked in an education agency in Tangiers before joining Amal. Kenza volunteered for 5 years in an ENCG students’ NGO that helps people in rural areas especially the most marginalized. Kenza loves helping others.
Fatiha El Haddad
Fatiha El HaddadChef - Moroccan Cuisine
“I achieved everything I was hoping deep in my heart with my work at Amal. I continue to hope that the NGO will go ahead and strive for the better, as it has always done!”

Abdellatif Bendhoub
Abdellatif BendhoubGuard
“Amal has given me this opportunity with open arms, where I have developed true friendships and really enjoy my work. My children and I are very proud of the association and its developments.”
Jamila Aamer
Jamila AamerSous Chef - Moroccan Cuisine
Jamila has been with Amal since January 2014. She has learned cooking in her family’s house and has become a great cook. She has been offering cooking classes and making some delicious Moroccan dishes. Jamila is married and a mother of 2.
Loubna Aafir
Loubna AafirSous Chef - International Pastry
Loubna joined Amal’s team after serving as a volunteer for 18 months. She excells at making international desserts and is a good trainer. All our trainees love learning from Loubna. She is married and has one daughter. Loubna joined Amal as a full-time employee in March 2016.
Souad Kadi
Souad KadiTraining Manager
Souad was working at Dar Si Hmad NGO in Agadir/Sidi Ifni.

She joined our team in June 2017 to take care of training, followup and employment of our trainees.

Souad loves traveling and helping people.

Fatima Wafdi
Fatima WafdiAdmin
Fatima has worked in the insurance industry for 18 years. She started at Amal in October 2016 as Administrative Assistant to the Director.

Fatima is married and is mother to two girls.

Hicham Sakrone
Hicham SakroneDriver
Hicham joined Amal in September 2016 to take care of the transportation in Amal’s second center.

Hicham has been playing many roles inside Amal.

He loves Dakka Marrakchia and is married and a father to one daughter

Khaoula Ait Oummas
Khaoula Ait OummasService
Khaoula initially came to Amal to do an internship that was required by the Mohamed VI Center for Handicaped Kids where she was studying.

Then, Amal offered a job and Khaoula started working with us in December 2016.

Khaoula loves helping people and she pays attention to details.

Zahra Kachach
Zahra KachachChef de Cuisine - Amal 21
Zahra started at Amal as a trainee and since has grown along with Amal. When Amal opened its second center, Zahra was asked to join our permanent staff. Finally, in 2018 Zahra eagerly rose to be the Chef de Cuisine at Amal 21 where she teaches trainees how to cook international dishes.

Zahra loves traveling and cooking.

Mina Ech-Challaouy
Mina Ech-ChallaouySalad Section
Mina started at Amal as a trainee. When Amal opened its second center, she was asked to join our permanent staff.

Mina joined Amal in September 2016.

Fatiha Goumih
Fatiha GoumihInternational Cuisine
Fatiha started at Amal as a trainee. When Amal opened its second center, she was asked to join our permanent staff.

Fatiha joined Amal in September 2016.

Fatiha loves music and making everyone laugh.

Mohamed Ait Ammeur
Mohamed Ait AmmeurGrounds Keeper and Driver
Mohamed started working at Amal in October 2016.

He is our master gardener, school lunch driver, and smiling face that makes sure the facility is safe and beautiful!

Karima Sbila
Karima SbilaChef de Cuisine - Amal Targa
Karima has had some experience working in professional kitchens. She was hired by Amal as a kitchen staff member in October 2016 then she was promoted to Chef after the departure of Chef Abdelhafid in January 2017.

Karima is a mother to one boy.

Fatima Naciri
Fatima NaciriAssistant Director - Amal Targa
Jamila Badri
Jamila BadriService Manager - Amal Targa
Fatima Afilal
Fatima AfilalChef of Bread Station - Amal Targa
Amal El Assassi
Amal El AssassiChef de Garde Manager - Amal Targa
Fatima Zahra
Fatima ZahraCommunications Manager
Soukaina Al Ibrahimi
Soukaina Al IbrahimiAmal Sign Language Cafe Manager
Bochra El Hajjam
Bochra El HajjamAmal Sign Language Cafe Manager
Saida Ammar
Saida AmmarAmal Sign Language Cafe Manager
Malika Ed Daoudy
Malika Ed DaoudyChef of International Pastry - Amal 21
Atteat El Zaydani
Atteat El ZaydaniService Manager - Amal 21
Lobna Hadir
Lobna HadirGeneral Manager - Amal 21
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