With the annual tree planting event on January 16th upon us, HAF used the opportunity to evaluate the past three planting seasons. HAF wishes to constantly grow and change for the better and part of this process is learning from the different of outcomes.
Within the scope of the evaluation of Sami’s Project we visited 15 schools in the Rhamna and Al Haouz provinces. Our goal was to evaluate whether Sami’s Project met its three main objectives:
1. Environmental education of children: Students should learn about an eco-friendly approach to breaking the cycle of poverty, and should be encouraged to preserve their natural environment.
2. Conservation of nature: Planting trees should counteract deforestation and soil erosion.
3. Income generation: Fruits should increase the income of rural families and help them to produce beyond subsistence agriculture.
We found that the children enjoyed the tree planting event and vividly remember the day. The tree planting event enriched the rural curriculum and equipped the students with knowledge about the benefits of trees and green development. Seeing the glance in the children’s eyes when they talked about the tree planting event gave me great joy. It struck me that all students included trees after we asked them to draw their dream school.
By Amina El Hajjami High Atlas Foundation
I was born in a modest agricultural village in High Atlas Mountains on the outskirts of Marrakech. I grew up in a small family, and we depended on agriculture for ensuring food and financial security, and also to finance my siblings’ education.
My father spent all of his life working in agriculture. He still spends all of his days in the field. When I was a child, I used to accompany him only to play, and have fun, but I was very curious about his job, knowing with time that it wasn’t easy work to do, and it needed specialized technical skills.