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Daily Archives: April 7, 2018

EARTH DAY ON APRIL 22!

Happy 42nd Earth Day on April 22! Here at HAF, every day is Earth Day. Trees for Kids: Sami’s Project inspires a new generation to be proactive stewards of the earth. Most of our work is in remote rural areas, in the mountains where people’s lives are at the mercy of nature. When it rains

REFLECTIONS FROM THE FIELD: MALIKA

Malika is a HAF field facilitator of participatory planning activities with local communities.  Her role is to organize local community meetings, ensure broad participation, and act as a bridge between the people and outside institutions, all while maintaining a productive and informative experience for each individual. Hello, In my first weeks as field facilitator for

INTERVIEW WITH HAF’S TRAINING CENTER DIRECTOR: MOUHSSINE

“Past Training Sessions at HAF’s Center at Hassan II University” This semester, HAF’s Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki is teaching Project Design and Management to Masters Degree students at the Center for Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development – created in 2008 by HAF and Hassan II University in Mohammedia. We asked Mouhssine a few questions (Q), and here

HAF PROJECT COORDINATOR OUAFA ELBARGUI TELLS OF THE PLANTINGS AT 4 SCHOOLS, CONCLUDING THE 2012 PLANTING SEASON:

In April-May 2012, Sami’s Project completed this year’s planting season with activities in 4 schools in Ouirgane rural commune, Al Haouz Province. HAF’s project team, students, teachers and managers of the schools, accompanied by some members of students’ parents’ association and some villagers participated together in planting the trees. In each school, HAF’s staff explained

Peace Corps Morocco: 50th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, May 26, 2012, Ouafa Elbargui and Malika Kassi of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) traveled from Marrakech to the Peace Corps Office in Rabat to participate in the panel discussions at the Peace Corps Morocco 50th Anniversary Celebration. Here, Ouafa reports on their experience: May 26, 2012 During the 4 hour program, there

1 MILLION TREE CAMPAIGN – HAF 2012 PLANTING SEASON

Since 2000, creating synergistic partnerships that drive sustainable, community-initiated development in Morocco * * * P R E S S R E L E A S E * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 18, 2012, Tahanaout, Morocco Contact: Ouafa Elbargui, High Atlas Foundation – Tel. U.S. (001) 646-688-2946 | Morocco (212) (0) 524-48-48-24

GLOBAL GIVING POSTCARD: PROJECT SITE VISIT

Shonali Banerjee and Aliza Appelbaum are In-The-Field Representatives for GlobalGiving.  They are visiting projects in Morocco, Spain and France.  Here is their most recent “postcard” from Morocco: On June 27, 2012, Aliza and I had the pleasure of visiting two of the several High Atlas Foundation (HAF) sites.  HAF is one of GlobalGiving’s most active

TRAVEL NOTES: JUNE 2012, TRIP TO TURKEY

by Ouafa Elbargui the HAF’s Center Coordinator From June 19th to  June 22nd 2012, the World Bank Civil Society Fund (CSF) held a Social Accountability Regional Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. The workshop was designed for CSF grant winners and runner-ups from Middle East and North Africa working to promote and enhance social accountability in their

OLMSTED SCHOLARS RAISING MONEY FOR HAF

by Malika Kassi, a HAF Community Facilitator On the 24th of June, Chelsea, Hans and I attended an event in Ifrane where a group of Olmsted Scholars were running a marathon to raise money for High Atlas Foundation.  The Olmsted Scholars run in the Marathon International des Cèdres — a 90 km (56 mile), four-day

SAMI’S PROJECT : TREES WITH KIDS

— Field update from Project Coordinator Ouafa Elbarqui Report about visiting schools Thursday June 19th, 2012 Alkairaouane school Deepening the holes for the trees seems to have helped; I found out that they are looking better. The school staff and the students are very enthusiastic of keeping the trees at school as Mrs Khadija Kandi,

RAMADAN MUBARAK SAID!

Ramadan Greetings Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar calendar. This calendar is based on the lunar cycle, therefore the beginning of each month is determined by the observation of the first crescent moon. Ramadan, like the other Lunar-Year months, can be either 29 or 30 days depending on the

ANNOUNCING A DIVERSE PARTNERSHIP

Announcing a New Partnership JULY 2012 Following its successful, ongoing partnership with the High Commission of Waters and Forests, who lend land to HAF for community tree nurseries, HAF and the (Moroccan) Jewish Community of Marrakech* have signed a similar agreement to launch a pilot Tree Nursery project . [*In Morocco, a “Jewish Community” is

HAF’S HARVEST EXPEDITION AND ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

HAF’S “HARVEST EXPEDITION” TO SECURE ORGANIC CERTIFICATION AND EXPORT ALMONDS AND WALNUTS FROM THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS OF MOROCCO September 7th – 14th, 2012 From September 7th-14th 2012, the High Atlas Foundation’s project staff, nut specialists and entrepreneurs Mike Mellace and Tony Bagato, photographer Terry Munson, and a technician from Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture embarked

FIELD TRAINING OF FEMALE ELECTED OFFICIALS IN BEN GUERIR NEARING COMPLETION

Thanks to funding received from MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative), HAF has been teaching female elected officials some participatory planning techniques that help them voice their views and be heard, thereby empowering them to strengthen their roles and become more active and effective leaders in building the capacities of their communities. This training is “learning

HAF: Innovation Fund Winner of the Alliance for Global Good

We at HAF are so very excited and grateful for this new funded initiative to secure organic certification of almonds and walnuts for family farmers of the High Atlas Mountains, beginning in the Tifnoute Valley of the Rural Commune of Toubkal. Please read about HAF’s project and other winners here – who all combine non-profit missions and

HAF’S TRIP TO IFRANE WITH KOSMOS ENERGY

On September 25, the president of the High Atlas Foundation Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, the vice president Mr. Larbi Didouqen, and myself (Ms. Ouafa Elbargui, HAF’s center coordinator) left Marrakech to Rabat, then travelled together with representatives of Kosmos Energy Morocco, Amideast, and the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines to Ifrane for the purpose of

MUSICALITY CLUB PRESENTS RITA SAHER AT CARNEGIE HALL

The High Atlas Foundation is proud to partner with the Musicality Club at Carnegie Hall for an evening of classic music performed by the blossoming Moroccan pianist, Rita Saher. HAF embraces this unique opportunity to celebrate Moroccan talent in New York, bringing attention to HAF’s development projects in Morocco and reaffirming its strong ties across the

FIRST WEEK IN BOUJDOUR: HAF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE SAHARA

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 was a very hard day to say goodbye to my family, the people I love most in my life. I travelled from Ait Ourir to Marrakech at noon for the Supratour (Autobus) to Boujdour, which would depart at 2:30pm. The autobus was delayed for two hours and we left Marrakech at 4:30pm.

SETTLING INTO BOUJDOUR – WEEK TWO WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE SAHARA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 I discovered a new district called “Alkhair’ where most of the local Saharawi people live.  After getting my bearings again, I finally decided to take the main avenue to return back.  I prayed and did some readings.  Then I went to the principle market of Boujdour city “Sawiqa”, about 1 kilometer

LEARNING TO BECOME A LOCAL IN THE SAHARA

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 The meeting with Mr Abdelkarim, the president of the Division of the Interior Affairs at the local Government of Boujdour Province “Alaamala, ”was productive, but I still had a great deal to learn and understand about Saharawi culture before hosting community meetings. Boujdour Province is divided into four communes: Boujdour municipality

TRAINING LOCALLY ELECTED WOMEN BY MALIKA KASSI

  This week, I conducted community meetings in Al Haouz provice with locally elected women who I identified with support of community leaders. The purpose of these meetings is to train women on how to be leaders in their community for a project sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy. In this regard, HAF is