On December 11, 2005, the High Atlas convened the annual meeting of its Board of Directors. We are very happy to welcome to our board the following new members– Fatima Ferza-Anderson, Kimeo Carr, Mohamed Chbani, Charles Dahan, John Farino, Charlie Kellett, Cynthia Mirei Kerr, and Kate McLetchie. We are fully dedicated to an ever more effective service to the rural communities of Morocco.
At the meeting, HAF’s President, Jason Ben-Meir, reported on his most recent trip to Morocco, which was made possible by a grant from Royal Air Maroc. Jason met with the Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity, Mr. Abderrahim Harouchi. As a result of the meeting, HAF is now working with the Moroccan government to develop a training workshop for rural teachers in participatory activities that promote community development. Jason also met with the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Dr. Mohamed Dasser, and we are developing together an agreement that will create a Center at the university for training and studies in issues related to community development, and that will also house the administration of HAF in Morocco. Jason discussed with former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, Edward Gabriel (who serves on HAF’s Advisory Board), plans for a fundraising event in Casablanca that will have diverse and broad participation. Finally, Jason also met with our partners for an ambitious tree planting project, which is pending funding from the Middle East Partnership Initiative.
The Board voted to support several new projects, including two women’s cooperatives (one outside Taza and the other outside Marrakech), an irrigation basin near Tafraoute, and a tree planting project also outside of Marrakech. These important grants were made possible by our generous donors.