Organic Tanmirt

by Helena Rundquist To plant seeds in Sahara and turn sand into soil My mission as a volunteer with the Vilostrada Foundation was to see if it is possible to inspire more Nomads to start growing their own food, which also could mean better health, since their daily intake is a lot of white...

First day of school in Tanmirt Desert Camp

A productive first day of school in the Tanmirt Desert camp with Susan Lock as our artisan instructor from Nerja, Spain. “I traveled here to share my passion for crafts and look forward to exchanging ideas with the Nomads and the Berber women in the region”, says Susan. Set in a Nomad tent at...

Vilostrada Kids share stories from Tanmirt, Sahara

Today Lucas and Maj, our amazing Vilostrada Kids, held presentations about the Vilostrada Foundation’s work in Sahara at CEIP Enrique Ginés, the local school in Frigiliana. Lucas 12 years shares: “I thought it was very interesting and fun to explain to the other kids what we do in Morocco. At first I was a...

Culture of the Nomad about to perish

Article published in German in Neues Deutschland  Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 Spanish/Swedish relief organisation supports inhabitants in the Moroccan, Sahara Behind the mighty Atlas Mountains in the Sahara live the poorest of the poor of Morocco. Relief organisation Vilostrada Foundation made it their business to support the nomadic population. Written by: Luise Wagner, Zagora...

School project – shoes and solarpanels

By: Victoria Ahlén Photo: Joakim Ahlén Article published in En Sueco in February 2016., p. 26-27 “The best thing about this trip to the Sahara and Morocco was to give away shoes. It felt amazing”, says Maj Ahlén, 8 years. Together with her brother Lucas, 11 they run @Vilostradakids on Instagram and Snapchat. They...

Moringa seeds and a birthday party

Today is a great day to plant Moringa seeds as a symbol of love, to give back to the heart of humanity and Sahara with new life. Each seed we plant with my nomad family, will remind us that we all come from the same tree. Welcome to join the Tanmirt Moringa Tree birthday...

Shoes to bring smiles to Sahara

Tuda 4 years smiles with her whole body. She looks with big happy eyes when Maj, our daughter 8 years, walks towards her with a shoebox, wool socks and a yellow teddy bear. The smile creates a ripple effect through the whole Tanmirt Team on site in the Sahara desert and we all smile...

Veronika Wagner’s Art Auction for education in Sahara

We are happily announcing the support of a new Vilostrada Foundation sponsor with the Berlin based artist Veronika Wagner who donates two of her Moroccan paintings for an auction that will begin on Dec 20, 2016 and go on until January 6, 7 pm(WET), 2017. The money raised will go to finance “Tanmirt Education for...

The Shoe Box Christmas Miracle

108 SHOE BOXES!!!! Our dear friend Susan Geraldine Lock encouraged us to start a shoe box fundraiser for our nomad children in Tanmirt, Sahara. The amazing principal Teleforo at Enrique Ginés in Frigiliana made sure it became a success. Lucas Ahlén, 11, says: – I loved that so many helped to ensure education for...

Julakuten secures education for a year in Tanmirt, Sahara

“All children have the right to education” is a vision that unites our volunteer powers in the Vilostrada Foundation’s yearly event “Julakuten” in Onsala, says Victoria Ahlen, founder. “Together we can now provide education during the next year and that is fantastic, says Philippa Dunderfelt and Åsa Holmén, åh! Betong & Återbruk. “We also...

Wisehug from Wisehub

“Row 19, please keep up the good job and keep distrupting with your happiness and laughter, thank you for making this overseas flight such an enjoyable one for all of us.” Could you imagine if this was the ordinary comment of the flight attendants and our captain? After a week of amazing awesomeness imagining...

Imagine making an impact no one ever expected

For the next week, I represent Vilostrada and the Vilostrada Foundation as a guiding light for “Living to Love the Road” and “Giving back to the heart of humanity” to 70 delegates at the conference Wisehub. Together we will not only imagine making an impact no one ever expected but actually create ACTION for...

Why Vilostrada

During my last trip to Tanmirt, Sahara, in October, I took the opportunity to record this video for you from the heart of humanity. From my heart to yours. This is why we do Vilostrada. This is why I will always be on this journey. Welcome to / join the Vilostrada Family! All my...

Water is life. We dit it! Tanmirt – Thank you.

Water is life! We did it – together! On October 30, 2016, together we funded the Tanmirt Project Step 1 with the nomads. We funded the solar panel fueled pump and 400 m of tube to the nomad school in Tanmirt, Sahara. Love. Thank you. Music by talented Ulf and Åsa Nomark, partners to...

Tanmirt – 358 m left for running water

358 m of tube for running water, this is all that is left for part one of the Tanmirt project. How many meters can you support? 3,5€/m to secure life and education. On October 10-17, Hanna Sjögren (Rays of Me) teamed up with us to work with the preparations for the new solar panel...

Fundraising for the heart of humanity – Tanmirt

Welcome to a fundraising evening dedicated to “The Joy of Cooking Together.” We challenge you to bring your smiles and stories but also pay it forward to people who remind us of who we really are as humans, the nomads in the Sahara. Vilostrada Foundation work with nomads and assure that they can get...

The Tanmirt Well of Life

Water is life. The heat is on in the desert and nomads move to water and shade for the next few months. In December 2015 and March 2016 on our visits, we have experienced the life of the nomads and seen life circling around the well. Nearby the nomad school right before our March...

Water and shade

“Salam! At this time of year, the Heat begins.  Many of our friends and family nomads will move closer to the water and shade of trees as it will be very hot during the summer. There is a nomad’s proverb that says that the nomads during the summer they are looking only for the...

Costa Women supporting Common Ground

30 Costa Women socializing at newly opened Villa Dolores right outside Torre del Mar.  One of our hostesses Anncatrin Leveland, owner of Villa Dolores,  welcomed all guests with a glass of cava and Swedish tapas served on the terrace overlooking the ocean. Tagines slow cooking with eco vegetables and Moroccan spices sharing a scent of...

Growing support for Common Ground

Our new desert project Common Ground Tanmirt launched April 6 and is slowly finding its course. We see spring in the air and happily welcome new partners to our network. All people and organisations who like us believe in all children´s right to an education and all our ability to together creating a better...

Common Ground in Tanger & Tanmirt?

Lucas and Victoria travel to Tanger on March 8 to aid and market the Darna Art exhibit on Women’s Day at Volubilis Art Gallery. We then head south to our friends in Taroudant and Tanmirt. We have a dream of finding common ground. We bring a car fully loaded with hope for the future. Thank...

Art makes people happy

On Monday January 19 our Common Ground Art project, #commongroundart, launched. Our daughter Maj, 7 years, is the boss with great help from her mentor Mohamed Raiss El Fenni at Volubilis Art Gallery in Tanger, Morocco. Contributions from all over the world all ready in. Who are you? Share your first contribution before February...

Common Ground Art Project 2016

Would you like to join our Art Challenge to find Common Ground 2016? Sign up for more information in this form. You will hear back from us shortly. The project will ask you to electronically or virtually produce 5 pieces of art (drawing, photo, music, painting, lyrics, poem etc) and share it with us,...

Summary of Julakuten 2015

Julakuten‘s, a fundraiser benefitting 300 children at Assocation Darna, goal on November 28-29, 2015, was to raise 2 140€ (20 000 SEK) to pay for school material and a safe environment. We surpassed our goal and raised 2 390 € (22 200 SEK). On December 9, Maj Ahlén 7 yrs delivered a piece of art...

Common Ground to focus on entrepreneurship 2016

Proud to launch this new chapter on our journey to Live to Love the Road. Amazed on how far love and believing in the good in the world have gotten us with Common Ground. So many smiles, obstacles conquered, tears, wins, frustration, love and hope. YOU are all a part of the Vilostrada journey. We...

Smedingeskolan supporting Darna and Common Ground

Our young heroes and partners at Smedingeskolan 7A with their teacher Malin Jeppsson have given so much positive energy this fall to our community building project Common Ground. Here they send their happy hello to all the children at Darna. During Julakuten they ran the café, sold candles, their own Common Ground Peace &...

We like to help others

This morning I had the huge honor to visit Skanörs skola in southern Sweden. I met young heroes who helped raise money last Christmas for Common Ground. They also connected with students in Akerate over Skype calls and sent exchanged knowledge. A special thank you to their teacher Eva Eliasson who made it all possible. I...

Thank you for the first year support to Common Ground

A year ago on October 1, 2014, we started the Common Ground community building project together. A year later, we proudly sum up the events in this video of our work building global bridges with edcuation, entrepreneurship and storytelling. By early next we also plan to launch an annual report of the location of...

Julakuten benefits 300 children at Darna

Help us create safe children and give them education for a bright future. Our annual fundraiser is booked at Båt- och Sjöfartsmuseet in Onsala, Sweden November 28-29 . With our Common Ground partners in Sweden, we aim to raise 20 000 SEK for Association Darna for safe environments and educational material. Read more about our fundraiser...

Our children meet Darna

Maj (7 yrs) and Lucas(10 yrs)Ahlen list their Darna favorite activities: “Hanging out on the soccer goal as I drew here”, says Maj.  “I liked the music instrument. Great music here>>“, says Maj:     Lucas: – Play soccer with my new friends   “The cutest 6-week old puppies”, says Lucas. They who will be watchdogs...

World citizienship – school starts and Common Ground finds new fuel

Welcome to a group of students in 7th grade at Smedingeskolan in Fjärås, Sweden. Their warm hearted energy to educate and be educated in world citizienship. This summer Victoria and Joakim got truly inspired by Johan Rockström summer pod on “World citizienship and talking responsibility NOW! Could it start by finding Common Ground? Together we will...

Common Ground meets “Sommarloventreprenörer”

Meeting young entrepreneurs always makes me smile. Today I met almost 20 summer entrepreneurs (Sommarlovsentreprenörer) in Kungsbacka over Skype. If you live nearby keep an eye out for LL film, Lina, Raisha, Jonas, Fanny and many more with new businesses ranging from filmmaking, eco skincare, massage, steet-dance day camps and lots more. I shared my dreams...

Common Ground collaboration for education and sustainability

Four girls co-wrote the first five chapters in a digital book called Common Ground with the tool Kissa created by Estiféda. You will be able to view them soon. Four young heroines started sharing stories from everyday life and technology empowered them. Nour, one of the girls traveled with us and shared her story...

Nour shares her first day at Unesco Mobile Learning Week

Nour Essoukri, 11 years, co-writer of the digital Common Ground book #commongroundkissa,  writes after attending the Mobile Learning Week as the youngest participant today: “Aujourd’hui, j’accompagné papa à l’UNESCO pour son travail. J’ai rencontré deux de ses collègues. Victoria m’a emmené dans une grande salle où plusieurs personnes parlait. Ensuite, je suis retournée aider...

A Skype on Thinking Day with Askims Sjöscoutkår

A great part of running Common Ground are the global conversations and educational processes we get to join in. Yesterday, I talked to a group of scouts at Äventyrarna in Askims Sjöscoutkår. The scouts will soon have Thinking Day (February 22): “an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase...

Meetings in Morocco – part one

Åsa Holmén, ÅH! Betong & Återbruk, from Onsala, Sweden traveled with Victoria Ahlén to northern Morocco to learn the country traditions, get involved in the starting of a women’s cooperative in Akerate as well as find inspiration for her new concrete designs. Here she shares from her diary: February 28 you meet us in Onsala,...

To give is the greatest gift of all.

One week ago, I said farewell to my father. He passed away quickly due to lung cancer. We celebrated his life and his laughter. Life teaches you to focus on the core. Life again taught me to keep giving to others, the greatest gift of all, and teaching entrepreneurship is the way. Two weeks...

40 good deeds and a new beginning

We can change the world. We should laugh every day with people we love. Today marks the celebration of 40 great years in my life with people I love and living in a world I love. Together we can easily do 40 good deeds in 2015. Do  you have a challenge for me (us)?...

The light in me sees the light in you

Yoga to support Common ground – During this autumn I’ve been teaching free yoga classes to a group of teachers at a school. I handed out information about Vilostrada and Common Ground with option to donate. After the last session I was happy to send a message to Victoria telling her I had 150...

Running water continues the sustainable road

Some days the challenge of building sustainable bridges overwhelms. Great obstacles ahead of us, and we have our small resources to rely on. One school with 60 children, teaches me daily to stay focused on the road ahead. Sometimes, I wonder what I am doing when I sit in front of a computer, searching...

School lunch enables education

“A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there”, says World Food Programme. “They allow children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs and boost their education by increasing school enrollment and attendance, decreasing drop-out rates, and improving cognitive abilities.” With Common Ground Christmas...

Julakuten 19-20 dec i Onsala

Saknas julstämningen? Behöver du hjälp att slå in dina julklappar? Några presenter kvar att fixa? Julgodiset ogjort? Välkommen den 19 december kl 14-19 och den 20 december kl 11-16 till Sjöfartsmuseet i Onsala. JULAKUTEN fixar det sista stöket med dig. . Och det bästa av allt – du kommer att göra en insats för skolbarnen i...

Bridging cultures with online classrooms

In 1996, I started working at the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence at Abilene Christian University as a producer. At this point, a junior Electronic Media student, I eagerly joined forces with talented people like KB Massingill, James Langford and George Saltsman. They gave me valuable tools and implanted trust in all of us...

Adam – my life

My hobbies are soccer, badminton, sport computer games guitar have some fun with friends and painting =p. My dream is to be a soccer pro or sport designer. My favorite food are sushi taco and pizza. I live in Sweden and I am eleven years old. Hope your guys have a dream and bye =D   <3...

Share your knowledge

HOW TO Upload an image, text, video, record a Skype Classroom session Mark it #commonground. Make sure you get our attention: Follow us @vilostrada on Twitter and Instagram, tag Vilostrada when you upload like Vilostrada Facebook, page, tag Vilostrada or post directly on the page. email us at hello(at)vilostrada.com share a film, if possible transcribe...

Connectivity

We aim to connect the Akerate School with the world directly in the beginning of November 2014. Connect with us: 1) Schedule a Skype Classroom meeting with Victoria Ahlén, founder and project manager. She will share her stories of the world in northern Morocco and her dream of a better future for all children. She...

Hello from Kottar och frön

– Together, children and teachers, have built a playground in the forest. There is always a long queue to wait for the swing, where the lucky swinger feel the tickling feeling in her stomach :-). Meet our friend Maria Svensson who teaches pre-school in Skatås forrest in Göteborg, Sweden. She shares stories from an...

Could you start now?

“Kan du redan nu undrar Meja , Ella ,  Ebba , Noa och Hugo?” “Could you start now ask Meja , Ella , Ebba , Noa and Hugo?” First contact with Skanör, Sweden and classes in 4-6th grade over Skype. These children will be interacting with Akerate school starting in two weeks. Can I just...

Connectivity – Skype Classroom

We look forward to talking to you, sharing knowledge, exchanging every day life activities. Our goal from Vilostrada is to directly connect the Akerate School with the world in the beginning of November. You can schedule a Skype Classroom meeting or connect with us at any time. Get in touch. First class schedule for...

You do not need so much stuff to be happy

Our son Lucas 9 years shares some thoughts: Q: How has it been to stay in Spain? A: I think it’s been fun to learn a new language and make new friends. Q. What have you learned from being in Morocco? A: That you do not need so much stuff to be happy. Q:...

We made music together – common ground

“We made music together, and it was so special”, says Helena Antoni while visiting the Akerate school for the first time today as a part of the Common Ground project. “The whole experience was absolutely perfect. On both sides, I think. I got to hear the children sing the national anthem then they got to hear me...

What knowledge will you share?

Launching our project Common Ground. The first chapter. Children play the same games Children draw the same images Children dream the same things Common ground = Diversity + Connectivity + Education We start with: One school – One village – One year Your participation make it possible. What knowledge will you share? Stay tuned. More...

If not now, when?

We will connect our common ground with the world, give them other possibilities. You as a supporter, we need you. Cheer us on, share your knowledge, share our story, imagine and innovate your ideas = JOIN US #commonground. Vilostrada teamed up with ICT4Red in learning how to create the digital connection amongst nations. Their...

Inspiration building Common Ground

“Common Ground” is a project idea created by Joakim and Victoria Ahlén, the founders of Vilostrada – a social business dedicated to do good in Morocco through trade. It is the continuation of the Akerate School Project. Together, we provide daughters and sons, our common future, with other choices. We build digital connections to...

A dream of great opportunities in Akerate

Fall means school start. Our children start September 10 here in Frigiliana, Spain. Their old school friends at Pontos started all ready last week. Maj will start first grade and for her the new school bag and pen pocket ranks high on the wish list. I wonder what our friends in Akerate school dream...

Laughter and Love

  Their laughter fill the air. Happiness in my heart and soul. Joy sometimes spreads so easy. HAPPY FRIDAY. More photos from our meeting with the Akerate schoolchildren in a Vilostrada Facebook-album>> Share your joy, hello, greeting to children using #helloakerate. 

The Link to a Sustainable Future

My last evening in Dardara, I get invited to visit one of the families that live in village in Akerate. A small group of houses in the mountains off the beaten track with gorgeous views of the hills and Chefchaouen in the distance. I meet Usama, 5 yrs, and his sister Hajan, 10 yrs....

Jasmine – connecting to a global community of women

We look to the future on Women’s Day. In our hearts we go to work each day for our children, the children of the world. Since we met Jasmine, 7 years old, and the other 60 students in Akerate in December, we know we fight even harder with Vilostrada. The number of days Jasmine...

Building peace in the minds of men and women

Walking into the UNESCO building adds a sense of completeness. No rain or grey skies can take away the feeling that a childhood dream of peace will happen. I know that teachers like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela enforced my conviction as well as many other teachers I had over my 16-year of schooling...

Akerate – meet the future of Morocco

Now we launch a collaboration program where worlds meet and education is key. The future of Morocco will close in on the world. We dream of a sustainable solution where Vilostrada and friends act as the spark and enablers. We dream of self-sustaining business models to be tested in the Dardara area and shared with...