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Achieve the dream of planting trees in schools

Amina El Hajjami Project manager with High Atlas Foundation

It's amazing when you have a dream in life and you see this dream becoming reality. This happened to me when I was a student in primary schools.

I walked 6 km from my home to my school and on the road; all the farms have trees, mostly olive trees. My school just had one big eucalyptus tree. I asked myself, who planted this beautiful trees that give shade to the students and why didn't we have more trees in my school and if we want trees, who can help schools planting them. A lot of question in my memory and I have recalled them when I started working with High Atlas Foundation.

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I work with High Atlas Foundation for 2.5 years and I participated in Sami's project before for 4 years. Every January in a year I distribute organic trees for schools and students in many provinces al Haouz, Essaouira, Azilal, Chichaua, El Jadida and I participate to planting trees in each school, also I coordinate other Provinces.

I feel success when I return to visit some the schools and I see the trees that we planted in years ago with the schools grow and that encourage us to plant more and more in these schools.

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I enjoy seeing the people take care of the trees and the schools having the environmental goal in the plan. I'm happy a grateful when I hear from the schools that the trees give fruits and they will use this fruits for the student. Some schools even have the idea to use the fruits of income-generating projects for schools to building bathroom, classes, drinking water and all needed of schools and this strategic will help schools self-independence in the future.

C:UsersxDesktopphotos Boaaza schoolDSCN4749.JPGIn my opinion, I think that the planting trees in schools will help the students to participate in the activity of schools and to develop their environment education and know the importance of planting trees in their second homes and the schools will have autonomy in terms of financial resources in the future.

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HafFdtn We are just happy to share and plant some trees – particularly walnut that can live 500 years. https://t.co/zq291Akh5I
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HafFdtn The regional integration approach promotes trade within a restricted geographic area.
HafFdtn HAF will do its very best to give back to rural Moroccan communities by encouraging their sustainable development. Best, Kerstin
HafFdtn Witnessing poverty, generosity and peacefulness in mind, keeps me thinking, how much I take for granted and don’t appreciate as I should.
HafFdtn The revenue from nuts will help farmers to overcome subsistence agriculture and poverty and will promote sustainable development projects.
HafFdtn Almond trees can live longer than a century, and walnut more than four centuries.
HafFdtn Once mature, every walnut tree will increase the farmer’s yearly income by $300 and every almond tree by $15.
HafFdtn Unemployment is highest among young in Morocco, with 33% of 15-to-24-year-olds and 26% of 25-to-34-year-olds unemployed (MPI Report, 2008).

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