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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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The Empowerment Journey
The Empowerment Journey   By Ibtissam Niri, Imagine Workshop Facilitator    After finishing the empowerment...
Programs for vulnerable youth.
New Educational Workshop and Nursery for At-Risk Youth in Fes by Said Bennani HAF Project...
Visit to Chichawa
  By Errachid Montassir HAF project manager On the occasion of Sami's Project evaluations,...
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...
تنمية ذوات الشعوب هي أساس التنمية المستدامة
تنمية ذوات الشعوب هي أساس التنمية المستدامةتنمية ذوات الشعوب هي أساس التنمية المستدامة    ...
HAF and the “City of Coexistence” - Essaouira
A review of an Al Jazeera podcast   By Rachid Montassir HAF Volunteer Marrakech  ...
Katharine’s Story
By: R. Maxwell Bone HAF Intern   Marrakech   How does a stay at...
Uplifting at-risk youth and marginalized families through organic agriculture
  The High Atlas Foundation creates unique project models that are essential for Morocco to...
A Better Today and Tomorrow: Women Around Me Creating Change
By Chayma Ouled Sidi Aissa HAF Volunteer Marrakech The role of women in our society...
Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030
 Taken together, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – contained in U.N. Resolution 70/1...
ALTERNATIVE POLITICS OF RENEWAL
  What does it look like when the local approach to achieving sustainable development...
My Morocco experience
February 27, 2017 By Kerstin Opfer, HAF volunteer    "Morocco is a country that reveals...
Rural Communities Growing Trees in the High Atlas Mountains
February 15, 2017 By Kerstin Opfer, HAF Volunteer   "A man of the companions of the...
Achieve the dream of planting trees in schools
Amina El Hajjami Project manager with High Atlas Foundation It's amazing when you have a...
From Marrakesh to Figuig and back – a Moroccan story about Sustainability
By Kerstin Opfer HAF Intern   “Morocco will surprise you every day. There will be...
Growing trees with schoolchildren in five schools in Youssoufia: A sustainable act of HAF
HAF’s dream in the 2017 planting season is to reach new places; this dream...
Moroccan Girls’ School: A Shining Example
by Said Bennani   On January 16, 2017, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) distributed thousands...
January 16th, MLK, US Ambassador Bush & HAF
    The High Atlas Foundation had an incredible day - January 16th, Martin Luther...

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 Jan, our intern from Belgium, is living in the remote village of Tassa Ouirgane. He will share his experience w/ us over the next few days!
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HafFdtn We are glad that students from Sidi Mohamed Ben-Abdeallah University, visited Abdelaziz Ben Driss children's home to help with restoration.
HafFdtn We would like to wish a Ramadan Karrem to all who are celebrating! رمضان كريم
HafFdtn We are excited to have volunteers visit Abdelaziz Ben Driss Center in Fes where they will work to teach the students communication skills.
HafFdtn The nurseries we are in the process of developing in Fes will raise agricultural related incomes for both urban, and rural communities.
HafFdtn HAF is excited to have a new manager working at the Houcine Ben Ali Middle School in Fes, this will improve essential aspects of the project

HAF in Morocco

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High Atlas Foundation
High Atlas Foundation 332 Bleecker Street, #K110, NEW YORK, NY 10014
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Phone: +1 (646) 688-2946
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