Who we are

Welcome to the Amal Center, a non-profit association dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement.

Amal’s ultimate goal is personal transformation and developing job and life skills for our trainees to eventually achieve economic and social stability.

Our program offers the trainees a platform where they can enhance their capacities and earn new skills. Our trainees should: 1- be  between 18 and 35 years old, 2- have no income or very low income, 3- be motivated to learn and work and 4- take adventage of the tools available at Amal to improve their skills.

When trainees are selected they start a 6-month training program to learn all aspects of the restaurant industry and secure a job. They will go through different kitchen stations to learn variable things such as salads, sauces, desserts, cooking, baking, cleaning and serving. In addition, they will attend classes to learn hygiene, security, service, French, English and other soft skills.

The trainees will go to an internship after 4 months of training. Then will be offered jobs in restaurants, hotels, riads, private homes to secure a job that will allow them to be financially independent.

Amal will take care of living expenses during the whole period of the training provided that the trainee respects the regulation and discipline of Amal.

Our History

Amal was founded in late 2012 by Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen, as a response to the difficulties faced by many women from disadvantaged backgrounds including widows, divorced or single mothers, orphans, women who have worked as child maids, and women who have had little or no education.

What began as a hopeful idea, with a few women baking and selling pastries, has now turned into a structured organization with 2 training centers.

Our Visionary

Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen
Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen Founding 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. Read more here:
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 Amal accepts classes of 30 women every six months for training, employs full-time program and kitchen staff, and offers breakfast, lunch, school lunch and cooking classes daily to the public. These activities help fund all the work that Amal does.

Support our endeavor by eating a meal or taking a cooking class at our restaurant, open 7 days a week, and meet our trainees and chefs who can serve you delicious Moroccan tajines and international cuisine!

You can also offer to share your knowledge with our trainees. Whether in the kitchen or in the classroom, your knowledge can be a great addition to our trainees’ learning experience. Please submit a résumé and a proposal of what you can teach/share.

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