HAF projects engage community members of all ages in projects that they design and manage, and emphasize participation of vulnerable groups such as women, youth, and the landless. HAF’s projects are inspired by the unfailing dedication and hard work exhibited by community members. We are happy to introduce you to a few outstanding leaders who are creating a better future for Moroccan communities.
”My name is Kbira. I am a mother of 7 children; 5 boys and 2 girls. My two daughters are married as well as three of my sons. I am a midwife and a cook, two professions that I love. I have given necessary care, support and advice to pregnant women for more than 30 years. More than 100 children were born through the care I provide and now all of these children in the village call me grandma. Thanks to God, I have never had a serious situation or a problem as a midwife. My dream is to continue to provide care for pregnant women and their infants. As president of the women's cooperative, I would love our cooperative to be a successful one and I aspire to make it so, and to make our business strong so that we can provide for all of our community. Life is beautiful but hard, however we should work harder to keep it beautiful. For this, I want men and women of my community to contribute in making our village a prosperous, safe, and peaceful place.”
“My name is Khadija, I’m from Youssofia Province, I’m 26 years old. I’m a teacher of first grade at Oulad L’Haj. I’m so thankful of the Sami’s Project initiative that the High Atlas Foundation has implemented in our school. We are in need of this project, we are so happy that HAF is thinking about others in the community. Bringing trees to our school gives us hope, it gives us hope for the children for the school. We have so many challenges at rural schools in Morocco - the distances are so far between homes and the school, for us teachers and for the children as well. The climate here is also a challenge; the heat and the heavy rain can prevent us from attending school. We don’t have bathroom facilities, so the teachers and the students don’t have a comfortable learning environment. My hope for the future is that the children in my classes make positive changes in the community and all of Morocco.”
“My name is Aicha Amazzal. I grew up and studied in Marrakech, Morocco. I am married, and I speak three languages: Arabic, Tashelhit (Berber) and French. In 2011, I participated in a workshop conducted and supervised by the High Atlas Foundation on the participatory development approach. I learned how to conduct the participatory methods, listen and communicate with people. I have been involved in the creation of the PCD (Communal Development Plan), developed by the Toubkal commune and HAF. I remember when I was a student, I was not able to express myself even though I had great ideas to share with my colleagues and teachers. However, with HAF’s training, I recognized that I can do it. Now I feel more relaxed to express myself freely. This experiential learning taught me how to share new ideas with people, and I leaned how to identify the people’s needs in a community setting. Currently, I am involved in a project funded by NED (National Endowment for Democracy). This project aims to create agricultural federations, which will have access to larger markets in order to generate income for family farmers. The profits generated by the federation will be invested in community-identified projects. I have been working with youth, women and men as well as civil society organizations to help create this federation.”