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Daily Archives: November 1, 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER CAMPAIGN IN BOUJDOUR: A PROJECT OF HAF AND SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY

By Amina El Hajjami (HAF’s Director of Projects), Hana Ezaoui (HAF’s Project Manager in Boujdour), and Indrianty Lihardinata (HAF Intern from Pepperdine University)   The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) have been partnering since July 2018 to promote an environmental campaign and to provide clean drinking water for nomadic communities

COLLABORATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE: INVESTING IN RURAL GIRLS

  By Errachid Montassir HAF Project manager   According to UNESCO, there are 10 million people who are illiterate and 1,137,546 youth who have not received a primary or secondary education. In Morocco, nearly 20,186 girls did not attend school in 2014, in contrast to 17,183 boys that same year. Female youth are often deprived

HAF ON MOROCCAN RADIO – COME LISTEN (IN ARABIC)

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND SHARED VISIONS FOR ADVANCING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO

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Fulfilling Moroccan Development Visions

    By Fatima Zahra Laaribi HAF Financial Manager and Women’s Empowerment Trainer   The event “Fulfilling Moroccan Development Visions,” held the 9th of October 2018, began with expressions of gratitude to The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) for organizing such an important gathering. Gratitude was extended to all staff members of the Mohammed VI Museum

EFFECTIVE PRACTICES TO SUSTAIN DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO

By Kerstin Opfer   Natural landscapes are declining worldwide. Approximately 30 percent of the world’s natural forests are expected to be lost by the end of this century. Further, 25 percent of all land on earth is currently under threat of desertification, resulting in severe soil erosion and falls in productivity, food security, and biodiversity.

RURAL AND URBAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Project Assistant   The High Atlas Foundation (HAF)—headed by a distinguished Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and operational team of both Moroccans and Americans—is a U.S. and Moroccan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was created by former Peace Corps Volunteers in 2000. HAF facilitates and builds people’s capacities in participatory democratic approaches

HAF INTEGRATES CULTURAL PRESERVATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

  By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Project Assistant   The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a United States-Moroccan nonprofit organization committed to facilitating community-identified initiatives that catalyze sustainable human development in Morocco. One initiative we are extremely proud of is Cemetery Preservation in Essaouira that rehabilitates Jewish cemeteries and makes them more welcoming for families and

MUSLIM-JEWISH GOODWILL BLOSSOMS IN MOROCCO

The High Atlas Foundationʹs fruit tree nursery project   Since 2012, the Moroccan Jewish community has been helping local farmers by donating land around ancient cemeteries for the planting of fruit tree nurseries. The aim: ending systemic rural poverty by transitioning from grain to crops more suited to local growing conditions. By Yossef Ben-Meir, director

CHANGING THE WORLD ACROSS GENERATIONS: THE STORY OF FADMA, AMINA AND THE IZOURANE COOPERATIVE

Jenny SpencerHAF’s intern. Ask an American college student what they want to do in their life and inevitably, at some point, they will say some version of “to make a difference.” Ask a young professional why they are transitioning in their careers and you are likely to hear “I want to find more meaning in

JOIN US IN A FEW HOURS!

Dear all, Germanwatch and the High Atlas Foundation have the pleasure to invite you to a webinar on energy access, with a focus on Morocco and Africa more broadly. The webinar will be held on the 18th. September 2018 from 1 pm to 2 pm Central European Summer time on webex (12:00h Morocco time today).

THE IMPACT OF TRAINING IN THE ORIENTAL REGION

  By Ibtissam Niri HAF Empowerment Facilitator   Our workshops for cooperative-building efforts in the Oriental Region may have finished weeks ago, but the process for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF)–joined this week by the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)–to follow up with its impact on participants continues. One year of preparation, 35 cooperatives,

HOW CAN WE KNOW IF A PROJECT WE TOOK PART IN, REALLY HAD AN IMPACT?

  Gal Kramarski From Jerusalem, in Marrakech   Several months after finishing my internship with the High Atlas Foundation, I got the chance to go back to Marrakech, this time, only for a visit. Though the purpose of the travel was truly exciting, an interfaith conference in Essaouira, I was more excited about visiting my

HAF AND MEPI IN THE OUJDA REGION WITH ITS COOPERATIVES

  The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) has worked in the Oujda Region for three years. HAF’s Marrakech and Oujda teams came together in August to facilitate women’s empowerment and cooperative development workshops and are touring the region, now joined by our counterparts from The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Since September 5th, we have met with cooperative members from four provinces, with two

ORGANIC FARMING IN THE ORIENTAL REGION

  Yahya Rhomari Member, Cooperative of Organic Agriculture in Berkane   The development of organic agriculture in Morocco faces various technical, commercial, financial, and organizational constraints. Organizational constraints—primarily poor coordination between local cooperatives and associations—are of particular importance and must be addressed. The lack of effective relationships between such entities can consequently impede upon the

COOPERATIVE-BUILDING CHALLENGES AND HOW HAF CAN HELP

  By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Project Assistant    A cooperative is a business or organization managed jointly by voluntary members. When ran successfully, a cooperative will lead its members to meet their common goals as well as economic needs—of which any profit is shared among them. In Morocco in particular, being a part of a

HAF’S PARTICIPATORY APPROACH AND COOPERATIVE-BUILDING EFFORTS INTERTWINED

  By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Program Assistant    In a little under just one week, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) has met with members of 21 cooperatives throughout four provinces of the Oujda Region in Morocco. We have learned the stories behind the development of their cooperatives, about their products, unique manufacturing techniques, the highs

THE IMPACT OF COOPERATIVE-BUILDING TRAINING ON NEW COOPERATIVES’ DEVELOPMENT AND THE INDIVIDUALS WHO LEAD THEM

Khalid (left) tells HAF about the challenges of starting a new cooperative and the solutions he and fellow Alaymoune members identified as a result of attending HAF’s training.   By Eliana Lisuzzo Project Assistant    The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) staff has met many driven Moroccan people with big plans to make a difference in

THE POWER OF PASSION FOR DEVELOPMENT WORK, SHARING KNOWLEDGE, AND COOPERATIVE BUILDING: NORDINE’S STORY

  By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Project Assistant    We met Nordine on a sunny Wednesday morning. His tan skin revealed how he spends many hours outside planting as well as tending to the already planted almond trees throughout Irzaine in the Berkane province, Oujda region. He proudly walked us through one of the fields with

THE JOURNEY OF EMPOWERMENT IN THE ORIENTAL REGION

Ibtissam Niri Office Manager   Today was the last day of Imagine workshops in Oujda, but the first day to think about the journey of Empowerment in the Oriental region for 58 women of different cooperatives. From August 10st to August 17th, 2018, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) facilitated an eight-day women’s empowerment workshop in Isly

MOROCCO PROVIDES SAFE SPACES FOR YOUTH

– Morocco Provides Safe Spaces for Youth, The New Arab, By Julia Payne (Undergraduate student and HAF Intern), 8 August 2018. • Arabic: El-Bashayer, 1 September 2018. Julia Payne Marrakech As a society, we have hopes and dreams for the future; for our children, our countries, and the global community. These aspirations rest on the shoulders of the

I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THE SMILES

Kelsey Abrahamsen Sophomore, Bowling After more than 25 hours of traveling to Morocco, we were greeted warmly upon our arrival by our local partner from the High Atlas Foundation, Rachid. We spent the night in Casablanca before beginnng our (roughly) five-hour drive to Marrakech the following day. Once in Marrakech, we checked into our beautiful Riad (hotel),

SOULS4SOLES IN RURAL MOROCCO

by Julie Blaze Senior, Lacrosse Day 3 Today was our second full day in Morocco, but our first day of service. We first met with the CEO of High Atlas Foundation, the foundation we are partnering with here in Morocco. HAF works to help communities participate in the development of their own village’s infrastructure through

GLOBALGIVING PHOTO CONTEST! VOTE TODAY

Help us compete for the $1,000 grand prize in the 2018 @GlobalGiving Photo Contest! Vote today, and when you sign up for updates your vote will count 3x! https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1187   We’re participating in @GlobalGiving ’s annual Photo Contest and among hundreds of nonprofits… WE ARE FINALISTS! Now we need your help to win $1,000: follow the

FRÉ AND THE IMAGINE EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP

by Tal Carmel   In January 2018, FRÉ’s founders and a couple ambassadors had the opportunity to plant Argan trees in Morocco. During the trip, they visited with the women who harvest the Argan seeds at the Izourane co-op in Tidzi, Essaouira. It was from this visit that FRÉ’s founders decided they wanted to do

MARKETING FOR COOPERATIVES: FROM LIFESAVERS TO PIKE’S PLACE

By Katherine O’Neil Claremont McKenna College (USA), HAF Intern   On Friday, July 13, I visited the Tifaouine Women’s Cooperative in Amizmiz, Morocco with High Atlas Foundation (HAF) Coordinator Errachid Montassir and Land O’Lakes expert volunteer Lynda Drennan Swenson. The purpose of this visit was to provide a brief training seminar on marketing and financial

A PITCH BY HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION’S YOSSEF BEN-MEIR

This video is a genuine testament to the emotional drive and intentional visionary spirit backing the High Atlas Foundation. In concise pitch, the organization’s president, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, presents an intersection between STEM principles and the core goal of sustainable development that the organization strives to establish. Ben-Meir presents his vision for the crossover of

ACT4COMMUNITY FORUM: FIRST STEPS IN A NEW VOLUNTEER WORLD

  By Saloua Rmita HAF intern from Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus —- Office Chérifien des Phosphates (The OCP Group) organized an Act4Community Forum with its staff in Safi (Marrakech region) concerning their volunteerism to support civil society actions for human development. The aim of the Forum is to spread awareness and inspire volunteers

HIGH ATLAS SHRUGGED

By Alex Frumkin Duke University, travel abroad student   A week ago, I visited Marrakesh and had the chance to meet Yossef Ben-Meir, president of the High Atlas Foundation. I thought both Dr. Ben-Meir and the organization were very interesting, so I decided to interview him. I asked him questions about the organization, life in

CARING FOR LIFE IN TADMAMT

Tadmamt tree nursery, Province of Al Haouz (23 July 2018) By Saloua Rmita (Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus) Hajar Ennamli (National School of Management and Trade in Oujda) HAF Interns Marrakech   We are volunteering with High Atlas Foundation in Marrakesh, for the purpose of living an unforgettable experience and discovering HAF’s activities. Our first

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