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.

The ultimate goal for our trainees is personal transformation and developing job and life skills for eventually having economic and social stability.

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 a fully functional training center and a non-profit restaurant.

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 15 women every six months for training, employs full-time program and kitchen staff, and offers lunch daily to the public.

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!

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