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Moroccan Girls’ School: A Shining Example

by Said Bennani

 

On January 16, 2017, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) distributed thousands of trees in 50 locations throughout 16 provinces in a coordinated national effort to raise awareness of the environment and of Morocco’s sustainable development goals.

One success story comes from the students who attend the Tidili-Mesfioua Boarding School for Girls. Last year HAF delivered 25 pomegranate trees, 50 almond trees, 50 pine trees, and 62 carob trees to this school. Though several of the trees were still small saplings when they were delivered, one year later the trees had not only survived but were thriving! HAF staff were delighted to see the trees growing so well and are very proud of the girls, teachers, and administrators who supported the trees’ growth.

 

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January 16th, MLK, US Ambassador Bush & HAF

 

 

The High Atlas Foundation had an incredible day - January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, HAF’s annual tree planting celebration.

We would like to greatly thank the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Dwight Bush, Sr., for joining the students of Larbi Doghmi and HAF’s President, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, as we together recognized the power and good of volunteerism and united as we planted trees.  Here we are on Morocco’s television Channel 1.

 

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Rhamna green schools

On the 16th of January 2017, MLK Day was the real event: HAF and its community, public, civil, and private partners had the goal of planting thousands of trees all around Morocco.

 
With schoolchildren and teachers in the Rhamna province of the Marrakech region, we planted more than 400 trees, including almond, pomegranate, and fig.  We started at a school with a green flag, an important symbol of the school's dedication to the environment.  I really was surprised that I found all the teachers and students waiting for us - it was a priceless moment in my life.
 
We presented HAF's activities.  We saw meaning in the students' smiles. 
 
The first tree we planted was almond, and there were many hands to help in this act as we together created a green space.  We did the same at each of eight schools on that day, with the same incredible receptions. 
 
We hope for many future projects soon.
 
Thanks to you, Dr. Yossef and all of HAF.
 
Rachid Montassir
HAF Intern-Volunteer

Evaluating Sami’s Project: Trees for Schoolchildren

                 

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.

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HAF SELECTS THIRD MONDAY OF JANUARY AS ANNUAL DAY OF TREE PLANTING

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Rabat, 1/10/2017
 

HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION SELECTS THIRD MONDAY OF JANUARY AS ANNUAL DAY OF TREE PLANTING
 

MARRAKECH- In the United States, the third Monday of January commemorates the life and pursuit of justice led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place.  In honor of those ideals, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) announces its commitment to planting trees annually across its project sites in the Kingdom of Morocco, and with our partners, globally.
 
On January 16th, HAF is planting trees with members of local communities and students of all ages in 16 provinces of Morocco at approximately 50 locations.  We hope you will join us for this moment of unity with one another, with our natural environment, and with hope for a peaceful and prosperous future.

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