The Jarjeer project, a community set in six hectares of land in the foothills of the High Atlas, was developed by Charles Hantom and Susan Machin. The couple have close ties with the village of Oumnas and are active in promoting and helping to preserve Berber traditions. They also have a great deal of love and respect for animals and work tirelessly in looking after donkeys and cows.
A visit to Jarjeer is possible and as the project is located just 24 kms from Marrakech, this can make for a great day trip with a difference.
You can travel to the estate and take part in a cooking class, eat a delicious meal and meet the donkeys and cows – great for children. Here you can spend a pleasant afternoon learning all about the working life of donkeys – an important part of Moroccan culture.
People you might meet at the estate include Sade Brahim, a farrier (a specialist in equine hoof care), who lives in the village and was trained by SPANA in Casablanca. Other team members include Mohammed, the Head Muleteer who has overall responsibility for the animals and Abjelih, an experienced horse rider who is also a guide for walks around the surrounding countryside.
All proceeds from the sale of refreshments goes to the welfare and upkeep of the animals.