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Walk on the Green Terraces

Fieldwork in the Toubkal community by Simona Zupanc On Tuesday, 25th of May we started our journey to the Toubkal community. We went together with the project manager Amina El Hajjami, program assistant Safae Ben Karroum and volunteer Youssef Tahiri. Although we did not know each other, I easily joined the group of highly motivated,

Review of “The Labor of Agrodiversity in a Moroccan Oasis”

Megan Sprotte and Megan Williams HAF-UVA Interns  In her recent essay, “The Labor of Agrodiversity in a Moroccan Oasis”, Karen Rignall examines the recent history of farming in the Mgoun valley in southern Morocco in order to explain how agrodiversity, labor, and tradition interact in current small-scale agrarian systems. Rignall emphasizes lines of thought that

A Diversity of Voices with a Singular Goal: HAF’s Community-based Solutions Spanning Agriculture, Education, and Women’s Empowerment Address Rural Poverty in Morocco

By Caroline Culmo, Rohan Krishnan, Anjali Mahajan, and Elisa Zhang After nearly a year of working with the High Atlas Foundation on the development of a business plan for value added-walnut processing as volunteer consultants from the University of Pennsylvania, our team had the opportunity to visit several of HAF’s agricultural cooperatives and walnut tree

Comparative Service-Learning: Particularities, Transcendent Themes, and Lessons Learned

Tahi Wiggins Student, University of Virginia For all the attention given to service-learning, the concept is extremely broad and can include an enormous diversity of experiences. I am passionate about the essentiality of service learning and have sought out several such experiences. In this article, I will compare three of my own service-learning experiences, analyzing

Introducing a new essay on Moroccan decentralization and renewable energy

By HAF staff The consequences of environmental degradation extend far past a loss of natural resources or fragile ecosystems. The livelihoods, well-being, and health of people across the world is also at stake – particularly in regions that are already highly vulnerable to climate change and suffer from rural poverty, such as Morocco.  A unique

How does HAF build a bridge of trust and strengthen the voices of the Moroccan community?

Sanae Benaadim HAF’s Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Students from the University of Pennsylvania’s International Impact visiting with the fruit tree nursery of the Takhrkhourt Women’s Cooperative in Asni municipality of the Al Haouz province. On May 18th, I travelled from Marrakech with the HAF President, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Project Assistants Lahcen Ait Ouatouch and

Female Empowerment as the Key to Moroccan Development

Female Empowerment Can Drive Development in Morocco, Morocco World News. By Molly Case Charlottesville, Virginia Despite its international reputation as a reformist country, women in Morocco continue to face significant obstacles to social, economic, and political participation. Progressive revisions of the Moudawana Family Code (2004) and amendments to the Moroccan constitution (2011) have aided in

An Interview with Fadila Bennis from the Clinique Juridique De La Faculte De Droit CJFD in Fez

“People still deny that there is an organization to provide legal assistance–and free of charge–apart from the traditional organizations we know. For me, if I had the opportunity to communicate with people and introduce them to the legal clinic, I would tell them that the Clinique Juridique has a staff that is professional and motivated

Self-Empowerment: A Key Step to Self-Actualization!

By Zainab Hachoumi, HAF Intern  Generally, self-empowerment is referred to as the process which leads people to exert greater control over their lives. It is about believing in oneself, setting goals, and making positive choices. That is to say, having to understand our strengths and weaknesses and having belief in ourselves. This view of self-empowerment

Protecting Child Rights and Building Self-Reliance: How to Change the Life Course of Detained Moroccan Youth

Nicole Luz HAF-UVa Intern When people speak of the protection and upliftment of children, those in juvenile detention are often forgotten. In Morocco, children between the ages of 12 and 18 who have committed a transgression of the law are often housed in Child Protection Centers (CPCs). Children who were abandoned, had to be removed

Empowering Women to Combat Climate Change

– Empowering Women to Combat Climate Change, Morocco World News. Shivani Lakshman Charlottesville, Virginia Climate change is likely the most urgent crisis facing us in the 21st century. Rising temperatures are causing increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters, more droughts and heat waves, precipitation changes, and sea level rise. Consequently, this is leading to high

My Identity, My Origin: A Personal Reflection on Sustainable Development

– “هويتي، منبع انطلاقتي”, Al Watan Voice. Zineb Laadam HAF F2F Field Officer Nothing stops the pen from reaching its goal, for the book is written entirely in their hearts. Nothing stands between it and them; they put their hearts into it and fill in what they feel, dictating simply and clearly. It is a

Making the Farmer King: Why Fair Trade Is a Big Deal

Making the Farmer King: The Need to Shift Our Approach to Agriculture, Morocco World News. By Olufunmilayo Aiyegbusi The Hague, Netherlands Looking through my grandfather’s diary 25 years after his death, I got some insights into the life of a farmer. Although he had three farms which would have added up to at least 100

مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وشركائها: المساهمة الفريدة في التنمية المستدامة

تشبتا بمبادئها التنموية، ولزرع قيم الثقافة البيئية والتنمية المستدامة، أشرفت إدارة مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بمعية شركائها الأوفياء، شركة سيمانس كاميزا للطاقات المتجددة (SGRENe)، بتوزيع وغرس شتلات الأشجار المثمرة بإقليم بوجدور نزولا عند رغبات الساكنة، مع مراعاة مبدأ المقاربة التشخيصية التشاركية، وتفعيلا لشراكة مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وشركة سيمانس كاميزا للطاقات المتجددة، انتقل طاقم المؤسسة جنوبا ممثلا

تيديلي مسفيوة، رحلة إنجاز

زينب لعظم مسؤولة ميدانية بمشروع من فلاح إلى فلاح مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير، مراكش ماذا عن حياةٍ رتيبةٍ مفتقرةٍ إلى حماسٍ يهزها إلى حيث تشهد النجاح؟ يزداد هذا السؤال حدةً عندما يطرحه عليك أحدهم، فتجيب عليه وأنت تنظر إلى واقعك بين مكذبٍ ومصدق. وكم نشعر بالخجل حين نسمع ضميرنا يحدثنا ليلاً بدروسٍ تحثُ على الاستفاقة صوب

Q&A with HAF President Yossef Ben-Meir about HAF’s Carbon Sequestration Model

By HAF Team Approximately 100,000 almond, walnut, and cherry saplings grow in the Tadmamt nursery on land lent in-kind by the Department of Water and Forests – Marrakech-Safi. HAF has ambitions to enhance the monitoring of its trees, measure carbon sequestration at a scientifically and socially responsible standard, and promote reinvestment back into the sustainable

Climate Change, its Relationship to Afforestation, and the Contribution of the High Atlas Foundation

Arabic version Written by Youssef Taheri, HAF Volunteer Translated from Arabic by Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, HAF Program Coordinator A photo exemplifying the effect of climate change What is meant by climate change? The concept of climate change is generally defined as the changes that occur at the level of the climate with a rise in

Together, for Earth and for Morocco

Dear friends, It is a special time of year – and a special week. We are celebrating the earth, our volunteers and partners, and the holy month of Ramadan. With the close of the planting season, our team is now visiting villages in 39 provinces across Morocco to monitor the 700,000 trees planted this year

A Gathering Among Partners for Opportunities in Fes

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir President, HAF On April 9, the High Atlas Foundation and the University Sidi Mohamed ben Abdellah (USMBA) in Fes shared together a wonderfully memorable afternoon with the United States Chargé d’Affaires, David Greene, and his colleagues from the U.S. Embassy and USAID. The purpose of our gathering was to discuss the

Offsets in Lockdown: Why COVID-19 Calls for Social Global Carbon Credits

A Unified Emissions Trading System By Finn Grundmann With a value of $299 billion, the trade of carbon credits has become one of the fastest growing markets globally. But with growth comes complexity and a global challenge. In working with the market’s many requirements, rules, and standards, I learned quickly that both simplicity and partnership

Blooming Morocco: One Argan Seed at a Time

Blooming Morocco: One Argan Seed at a Time, Morocco World News, By Zuha Afzal – HAF-UVA Intern. Zuha Afzal – HAF-UVA Intern Deciphering effective mechanisms for long term growth is a journey that most certainly involves a variety of factors to be considered. Factors such as sustainable growth, women empowerment, clean drinking water, and planting

A Baraka Day: The High Atlas Foundation Signs A Partnership Agreement with Cadi Ayyad University

Sanae Benaadim HAF Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Dr.Yossef Ben-Meir and President Moulay Lahcen Hbid signed the partnership agreement at Wilaya of Marrakech. On Friday, March 27, I was honored to accompany my colleagues, the President of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir,  and HAF Program Assistant, Lahcen Ait Ouatouch, to the regional

”…من قلب النساء…”

– ”…من قلب النساء…”, sotal Iraq, Zineb Laadam. زينب لعظم مسؤولة ميدانية بمشروع Farmer to Farmer مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير ٬ مراكش كتب هذا المقال عن ورشة تخيل التي أقيمت بالنادي النسوي بأمزميز، اقليم الحوز جهة مراكش آسفي، في إطار التمكين الذاتي للنساء٬ الذي تشرف عليه مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير بتمويل من المشروع الأمريكي (من فلاح إلى

Visite de Monsieur David Greene, Chargé d’Affaires de l’Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Maroc, à la Clinique Juridique de la Faculté de Droit de l’Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah à Fès

Par : Nabil Bouagba – Coordinateur de programmes L’Université de Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Fès (USMBA) et la Fondation du Haut Atlas (HAF) ont eu l’honneur, vendredi 9 avril, d’accueillir M. David Green, Chargé d’Affaires des Etats-Unis d’Amérique à Rabat et membres du corps diplomatique américain, accompagné du président de l’université et du doyen de

FENELEC: Renewable Energy in a Moroccan Jewish Community-Managed Nursery

Kaoutar Ait Lahaj Social Media Program Coordinator On Sunday, February 20, 2021, the High Atlas Foundation inaugurated the solar water pumping system at our Akrich nursery. We are grateful to our partner FENELEC for donating the system and for their commitment  to promoting renewable energy solutions in Morocco.  On February 28, 2021, the High Atlas

Love Your Mother (Language)

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Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Katie Bercegeay, and Sofia Ashooh A mother language is the language of the heart. This Mother Language Day the High Atlas Foundation celebrates the people of Morocco and recognizes the importance of human connection and understanding to achieve sustainable development. We are able to express ourselves in our mother language unlike any

Confronting Climate Change: Afforestation Efforts in the Imilchil Circle

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Karam-Yane Azzabi, HAF Programs Coordinator High Atlas Foundation’s Karam-Yane Azzabi met with representatives from the Akhiam Association as well as farmers in the Imilchil Circle to discuss afforestation efforts and changes in local agriculture. It was with great enthusiasm that I hit the road to Imilchil from Marrakech. I knew that the road was long,

Conflict Resolution and Mediation | USMBA Legal Aid Clinic, Fes

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Aissam Oukerroum, Programs Assistant Meryeme Lakhal, CJFD Student Clinician Student clinicians at the Legal Aid Clinic in Fes participate in an activity to apply principles of conflict resolution and mediation. On December 26, 2020, the Legal Aid Clinic (CFJD) housed in the Faculty of Social, Juridical, and Economic Legal Studies at University Sidi Mohamed Ben

Reflections from an IMAGINE Women’s Empowerment Workshop Participant

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By Malika Jumad Participants from HAF’s IMAGINE Women’s Empowerment Workshop in Douar Sidi Ali Ofaris, Siti Fadma Province. This blog is a reflection from a recent beneficiary of HAF’s self-empowerment workshop in Douar Sidi Ali Ofaris, Siti Fadma Province. My name is Malika Jumad. I am 23 years old, and I live in Ourika in

HAF Celebrates Tree Planting Day 2021 with the People of Morocco

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La HAF Célèbre La Journée De Plantation D’arbres 2021 Avec Le Peuple Marocain, World News, By Sanae Benaadim. • Arabic: World News, 11 February 2021. Sanae Benaadim HAF’s Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Caption: The High Atlas Foundation, led by President Yossef Ben-Mier, planting the first tree with a farmer in the Herbil commune to inaugurate