RUN TO START is a non-profit organization that aims to support schoolchildren in the southern regions of Morocco.

About us

This adventure started in 2016, when Pol, Said, Jan and Bart decide to get moving and unite around a cause.


After a 200 km in the Sahara desert the four friends discovered this remote desert region fifty kilometres away from Zagora, a city in southern Morocco. They were able to meet the locals, and among others, the children of the Boutyouss school and their parents.

The four sport enthusiasts, who fell in love with the region and its inhabitants, tried to find a way to help and support these children as well as their scholarships.


This is how the non-profit organisation “Run To Start” was created ...

The Cherif Alaoui school in Zagora

A little while ago, we had the pleasure to meet part of the educational team of the Cherif Alaoui school in Zagora, which has a dedicated class for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The teachers shared the problems the school is facing, we wanted to join forces to find solutions.

Boutyouss School

The past years gave us the opportunity to visit the Boutyouss region, which is located some fifty kilometres south of Zagora.

The several trips to the region were meant to meet the kids, the teacher, the parents, but also the local authorities to establish a dialogue and an exchange.

Scholarship in the Boutyouss school is one of the main problems that came up during these exchanges.


We have already been able to establish different

short- and long-term projects, carefully selected with everyone in order to better the scholarship of each child from the region.

Boutyouss Region

In this southern region of Morocco, at the border of the Sahara, the most cultivated fruit is the watermelon. This fruit is ideal for local farmers, as it does not need much care, nor material to grow. What it does need, however, is water, and this resource is becoming increasingly scarce

in this region.

During talks with the Boutyouss locals we got to learn about their agriculture and got to discuss the solution to the water consumption: palm trees.

Get Involved

We need your help for every one of our projects!


Our different fundraisers make it possible to sustain our current projects, but we still have so much more to do to help the inhabitants and the children of Boutyouss, the children of the Cherif Alaoui school and other schools in the Zagora-Boutyouss region.

Each cent is useful! If you would like to contribute to one of our projects, please make a donation to our bank account.

Run to Start

45 rue Bollinckx

1070 Anderlecht


BE77 0017 9344 6942


If you wish, you can indicate the name of the project you would like to support in the communication of the transfer :

Cherif Alaoui transport

Boutyouss palm trees

Boutyouss school

Another way to help us is by providing educational material, games, books

(in Arab or French), and much more.


If you want more information about these drives, do not hesitate to contact us through our online contact form.

If you are sport-loving, eager for experience and adventure, and willing to contribute to the different projects of the non-profit organisation Run To Start, you can register as of now to the TZT MERZOUGA 2021:

this trail consists of 200 km and 5 stages in the Moroccan desert.

Part of your inscription fees will be directly forwarded to Run To Start in order to finance the various projects.