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HAF completed its 1 Million Tree Goal in January 2014, and has since launched a 1 Billion Tree Campaign. Join us in breaking the cycle of subsistence agriculture.

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HAF works in rural areas of Morocco to target the most marginalized communities.

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With support from HAF’s expert field staff, communities are given the tools and knowledge to take on their most difficult development challenges.

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Infrastructural development is key to bringing communities clean drinking water, improving learning conditions in schools, and increasing agricultural efficiency and production.

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HAF’s grassroots approach engages community members throughout the entire development cycle, from planning to implementation and evaluation.

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HAF’s experiential training approach increases the impact of development and enables projects to achieve scale.

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Income-generating projects empower vulnerable community members and help to break the cycle of poverty.

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HAF programs engage marginalized youth and provide essential educational opportunities.

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HAF created a social enterprise, High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal (HA3), which takes an environmentally friendly approach to food security and prosperity.

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HAF is dedicated to benefiting disadvantaged communities and groups, especially women and youth, throughout Morocco.

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Sami’s Project to empower kids
10 years reflection – by Sami’s Father   This year we commemorate the 10 year...
HAF’s future project in Youssoufia
  Errachid Montassir HAF Project manager   Among the upcoming projects with communities in Morocco,...
Eid Mubarak in Tassa Ouirgane
  Celebrating the end of Ramadan in a rural village and planning the future of...
HAF Hosts Community Meetings in the Marrakesh Mellah
Community Meetings at the Marrakech Mellah Having started during the holy month of Ramadan, the...
Start of my immersive experience in Tassa Ouirgane
        By Jan Thibaut HAF Intern, Graduate Student in International Development  ...
A Statement of Congratulations to our friends at Ecosia!
By Lloyd Farley Marrakech   Our friends and partners at Ecosia have just met...
The High Atlas Foundation and Holistic Sustainable Development
      By Jan Thibaut  HAF Intern  Tassa Ouirgane          ...
مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير و الملحمة
  الرشيد منتصر. مشرف على مشروع سامي. مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير.  شكل الإفطار الجماعي بكنيس بيث-إل...
The High Atlas Foundation & The Epic
Errachid Montassir HAF’s Project Manager Marrakech     A major epic was the group...
The High Atlas Foundation and Partners Facilitate Renewal of the Historic Marrakech Mellah
By Max Bone HAF Intern  Marrakesh  This past Thursday, the High Atlas Foundation, a Moroccan...
The Participatory Approach Put to Work in Marrakech’s Mellah Neighborhood
By Lloyd Farley Marrakech  Interfaith Iftar (Ramadan’s break of fast) was hosted on Thursday the...
مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير و الإفطار الجماعي في صلاة العزمة.
  ارشيد م.نتصر  مشرف على مشروع سامي. مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير. للرقي والتقرب أكثر من ساكنة...
The High Atlas Foundation and the Mimouna association organize a participatory meeting for the commune of Marrakech-Mellah
FOR INTIMIDATE RELEASE        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: High Atlas Foundation and Association Mimouna Host Breakfast with...
Women and the Participatory Approach to Achieve Professional Work
  By Amina El Hajjami, HAF Project Manager High Atlas Foundation, Marrakesh Office  8...
Visit to Youssoufia
  Visiting Youssoufia’s Schools     By Errachid Montassir HAF Project manager     On...
The Empowerment Journey
The Empowerment Journey   By Ibtissam Niri, Imagine Workshop Facilitator    After finishing the empowerment...
Programs with vulnerable youth
New Educational Workshop and Nursery for At-Risk Youth in Fes by Said Bennani HAF Project...
Coming of Age in Tassa Ouirgane
   By Mark Apel- USAID Farmer to Farmer Volunteer, Former Peace Coprs Morocco Volunteer.   From...
Sami's Project Evaluations
  By Errachid Montassir  HAF Project Manager  Marrakesh Office  One of the main projects...
HAF Promotes Tree Planting and Value-Addition for Rural Farmers in Morocco
  Gregory Sullivan, HAF Visiting Expert    International Executive Service Corps (IESC) USAID’s Farmer...
Planting Seeds
  Tim Ager Vising Engineering Expert   USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program   My image of Morocco was...
HAF Event in Rabat
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Agriculture Training for Women of the Aboghlou Cooperative
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Moving my Home Community Forward
Another Touch in Rhamna with HAF     By Errachid Montassir HAF volunteer   After...

PROGRAMS

HAF wins SEED Award for sowing seeds for entrepreneurship and development

Last week, I had the privilege of representing HAF at the 2013 SEED Symposium and International Awards ceremony organized for the 2013 SEED Award winners, where HAF was recognized for its achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship and promising efforts to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in Morocco.

The events, which took place at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, were organized within the framework of the Global South-South Development Expo, an international forum where representatives from different countries and organizations came to share their successful southern-grown solutions to address the millennium development goals.

 

 

This was a good opportunity to showcase HAF’s organic agriculture project and its goal to develop a social and environmental enterprise that reinvest profits from selling certified organic walnuts and almonds produced in the High Atlas Mountains into community projects, while generating a revenue stream that provides on-going support and assistance to rural communities through the entire agricultural development cycle, including building community nurseries, introducing adapted irrigation systems, capacity building, organic certification and marketing.

 

The model was very well received by the organizers and by the participating 33 entrepreneurs from different countries and generated constructive discussionsaround the concept of green economy and the role of social and environmental enterprises.

 

The event was also a great opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from government, civil society,academia, donor institutions and the private sector, and particularly with many entrepreneurs, and to learn from the “local solutions that make a difference”, as advanced by the SEED Symposium theme. From biodegradable plates implanted with organic seeds to provide food after use; a social media website to promote car-sharing; reliable, clean and sustainable power to off-grid households; and affordable biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana waste to an art and craft workshop that trains disadvantage women to design and create organic products based on recycled paper – all the 33 projects were smart, very inspiring and address intractable problems while taking huge risks. I was particularly inspired with the very ambitious goals, such as economic and environmental sustainability and social equity despite the simplicity of the solutions presented.

 

Following a discussion with a group of young entrepreneurs about the fine line between being entrepreneurial for one’s own good or for the good of the planet and the effectiveness of for-profits and nonprofits and the question of success and social value, I came to believe more than ever that with its model to channel the income from selling organic walnuts and almonds produced in the High Atlas Mountains (and other organic produce from other regions), after farmers’ and production costs, into programs and services aimed at meeting people’s unmet or under-met needs, HAF is in a unique position to promote a melded business model, with multiplying factors for direct social, environmental and economic impacts for thousands of communities and for all Morocco.

 

By Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki

Program Director

High Atlas Foundation

  • Organic agriculture

    Organic agriculture

    HAF and communities, with the social enterprise High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal (HA3), create initiatives that span the entire agricultural cycle – from nurseries and markets to the farming of certified organic raw and value-added products.
  • Youth

    Youth

    HAF and community partners give Moroccan schoolchildren and youth access to greater educational opportunities by improving school infrastructure and increasing learning potential.
  • Clean drinking water

    Clean drinking water

     HAF successfully addresses water access challenges for rural communities and schools throughout Morocco.
  • Clean energy

    Clean energy

    HAF and community partners are developing several new sustainable innovations, such as the production of biomass briquettes. These clean energy alternatives provide creative solutions to Morocco’s toughest challenges.
  • Training

    Training

    HAF’s experiential training ensures sustainable access to knowledge and skills and focuses on the diffusion of these benefits throughout communities.
  • Women’s programs

    Women’s programs

    HAF projects work to combat the traditional socioeconomic marginalization of women by helping them identify their community needs and creating projects to achieve their goals.
  • Cultural diversity

    Cultural diversity

    HAF promotes intercultural partnerships and collaboration towards a common goal: sustainable human development.          
  • HA3: HAF’s social enterprise
     HAF’s award winning social enterprise covers the organic agriculture cycle from nurseries to market. Organic certification increases household incomes, and enables reinvestment into additional in human development projects.

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HafFdtn Errachid, one of our project managers, wrote an interesting blog post about HAF's future project in Youssoufia! https://t.co/05ysd2Xzlv
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HafFdtn We are proud to announce that High Atlas Foundation has officially partnered with the Abdelazizz Ben Driss Child Protection Center in Fes
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HafFdtn In Chichaoua we met with students, teachers, and community members. We spoke about achieving community projects and goals.
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HafFdtn We enjoyed a productive visit to Chichaoua visiting schools where we planted with schoolchildren in cooperation with Sami's Project.
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HafFdtn New blog post up detailing Haf's future project in Youssoufia! Tell us what you think! https://t.co/05ysd2Xzlv
HafFdtn Us here at the Fes office can't wait to meet the folks at Ecosia! We hope they are enjoying their travels through the rest of Morocco.
HafFdtn Hot day in the field but that didn't keep us from finishing well construction at one of our newest nurseries!
HafFdtn With temperatures above 40C water conservation is no joke. With the right tech we can deliver enough water to the trees in our nurseries.

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