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Reception Invitation: November 3rd in Nyc, from 6:30-9:00 Pm

You are cordially invited to a reception for the High Atlas Foundation, hosted by HAF’s Board Member Bruno Mejean, to support the human development transformation driven by organic agriculture and the Moroccan society.  If you are unable to attend, we would greatly appreciatea contribution to HAF to help us reach our sustainable development goals. The Kingdom of

HAF joins with WECAN for the flight of Indigenous Women combating climate affects in Morocco

Please be welcome to join our allies at the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International for an exciting upcoming event in Marrakech, Morocco during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 climate talks. ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Morocco’, to be held Monday November 14th from 13:00 to 17:30, will be an

High Atlas Foundation Selects January 16th as Day of Tree Planting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  11/3/2016 For general inquiries, please contact: Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir Tel: +212 (0)5 24 42 08 21 Fax: +212 (0)5 24 43 00 02 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”>haf@highatlasfoundation.org HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION SELECTS JANUARY 16TH AS DAY OF TREE PLANTING  MARRAKECH- According to the United

Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change-Amina El Hajjami Amazigh Representative of HAF

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العربية تتبع الانجليزية As a representative of the High Atlas Foundation, I would like to sincerely thank WECAN for organizing this great event, and the women participants representing their countries in addition to the respected audience. My name is Amina ElHajjami.  I am Amazighi from the commune of Tidilli Misfeewa in High Atlas Mountains outside

Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change-Rachida president of ABOUGHLO cooperative

 العربية تتبع الانجليزية My name is Rachida. I was born in 1977.  I am married with three kids. I spent my childhood in a beautiful rural environment: in the Village of Tnein, in Ourika’s Commune of Al Haouz province. I’ve reached High School but did not complete it. Now, I am the president of Aboghlo’s

My Experience with the Natural Environment

By Amina El Hajjami High Atlas Foundation Project Manager I was born in a modest agricultural village in High Atlas Mountains on the outskirts of Marrakech. I grew up in a small family, and we depended on agriculture for ensuring food and financial security, and also to finance my siblings’ education. My father spent all

Evaluating Sami’s Project: Trees for Schoolchildren

With the annual tree planting event on January 16th upon us, HAF used the opportunity to evaluate the past three planting seasons. HAF wishes to constantly grow and change for the better and part of this process is learning from the different of outcomes. Within the scope of the evaluation of Sami’s Project we visited 15 schools in

Rhamna green schools

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On the 16th of January 2017, MLK Day was the real event: HAF and its community, public, civil, and private partners had the goal of planting thousands of trees all around Morocco. With schoolchildren and teachers in the Rhamna province of the Marrakech region, we planted more than 400 trees, including almond, pomegranate, and fig. 

January 16th, MLK, US Ambassador Bush & HAF

The High Atlas Foundation had an incredible day – January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, HAF’s annual tree planting celebration. We would like to greatly thank the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Dwight Bush, Sr., for joining the students of Larbi Doghmi and HAF’s President, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, as we together recognized

Moroccan Girls’ School: A Shining Example

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by Said Bennani On January 16, 2017, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) distributed thousands of trees in 50 locations throughout 16 provinces in a coordinated national effort to raise awareness of the environment and of Morocco’s sustainable development goals. One success story comes from the students who attend the Tidili-Mesfioua Boarding School for Girls. Last year

Growing Trees with Schoolchildren in Five Schools in Youssoufia: A Sustainable Act of HAF

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HAF’s dream in the 2017 planting season is to reach new places; this dream came true with five schools in two communes (Gantour and Sbiaat) in the Province of Youssoufia: the Al Faouariaa, Inbiaat, and Sidi Ahmed primary schools; the High School Andalus; and the Al Banae Middle school. On January 16th (annually on the

From Marrakesh to Figuig and back – a Moroccan story about Sustainability

By Kerstin Opfer HAF Intern “Morocco will surprise you every day. There will be no day without a good surprise.” I will always remember these words of Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, president of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), when I first came to Marrakesh. And each day teaches me once more how right he was. During

Achieve the Dream of Planting Trees in Schools

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Amina El Hajjami Project manager with High Atlas Foundation It’s amazing when you have a dream in life and you see this dream becoming reality. This happened to me when I was a student in primary schools. I walked 6 km from my home to my school and on the road; all the farms have

Rural Communities Growing Trees in the High Atlas Mountains

By Kerstin Opfer, HAF Volunteer “A man of the companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him said: With my own ears I heard the prophet, peace be upon him, say: Whoever plants a tree and works hard to keep it alive and takes care of it until it gives fruits, will be rewarded and every fruit

Uplifting At-Risk Youth and Marginalized Families Through Organic Agriculture

The High Atlas Foundation creates unique project models that are essential for Morocco to achieve prosperity.  These models, however, require implementation, sustainability, and expanding to the national scale. Morocco needs a billion fruit trees as one of a number of measures that are needed to overcome rural poverty.  The country is also struggling with very

Katharine’s Story

By: R. Maxwell Bone HAF Intern   Marrakech How does a stay at home mom from New York City with a background in marketing and publishing start a multi-national company and empower women from rural villages, many of whom are illiterate and have received no formal education? All that one needs to do to find

HAF and the “City of Coexistence” – Essaouira

A review of an Al Jazeera podcast By Rachid Montassir HAF Volunteer Marrakech This documentary produced by the Al Jazeera podcast channel takes us to the heart of Essaouira, which is often referred to as “the city of coexistence”. Some say that this is because of a large number of foreigners who call the city

Moving my Home Community Forward

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Another Touch in Rhamna with HAF After three months with the High Atlas Foundation, I returned again to my origins in the Rhamna province, where I had the chance to earlier bring the benefit of more than 400 trees on the 16th of January – for the planting event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today

Agriculture Training for Women of the Aboghlou Cooperative

By Amina Eajjami Project manager with High Atlas Foundation Sustainable development fornew projects requires sustainable training for people. In this regard, the High Atlas Foundation signed a partnership agreement with JLM IAV Hassan II, in Rabat, with the objective of training the women of Aboghlou cooperative. The students educated the women in advanced agricultural technologies within the

Coming of Age in Tassa Ouirgane

– Coming of Age in Tassa Ouirgane, Modern Ghana, by Mark Apel (Community Extension Expert), 17 May 2017. • Arabic: Al Bayader, 7 July 2017. By Mark Apel- USAID Farmer to Farmer Volunteer, Former Peace Coprs Morocco Volunteer. From 1985 until 1986, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer living in the Azzeden Valley working for the country’s Eaux et

The High Atlas Foundation Produces Trees

Jack Butler, Ph.D High Atlas Foundation Volunteer The High Atlas Foundation produces trees. And in the process, it helps people at every step along the way. From schools and youth support centers where High Atlas tree nurseries teach disadvantaged children the healing aspects of farming while they help to grow transplants, to destination family farms

Visionaries Then and Now

– Visionaries Then and Now, by Thomas Kimmel (Agricultural Expert), 21 March 2018, HAF Blog. • Arabic: Maghress Cawalisee, 16 April 2018. • French: HAF Blog, 14 November 2018. In the 1980’s, a solo American made a huge impact on Ouaouizerth, Morocco, an Amazigh village, located in the western High Atlas Mountains.  His name was J. Christopher Stevens, a Peace Corps.

Conserving Traditional Crop Diversity and Wild Medicinal Plants in Morocco

– Conserving Traditional Crop Diversity and Wild Medicinal Plants in Morocco, by Abderrahim Ouarghidi (Agricultural Expert), Worldstage, 21 May 2018. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 12 May 2018. Morocco is a key producer of fruits and vegetables for global markets thanks to the government’s push for commercialized crop production – but at what cost? This article explores how “modern” crops

From Transit to Integration: A Moroccan Initiative for Community Development

– From Transit to Integration: A Moroccan Initiative for Community Development, Morocco World News, by Nathan Park (Undergraduate student and HAF Intern), 31 May 2018. • Arabic: Marrakech 24, 12 June 2018. By Nathan Park HAF Intern International migration from sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe and the United States has significantly increased over the past decade. These migration trends, especially

Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next fifteen years.   All told seventeen goals have been

The High Atlas Foundation Joins Communities at Annual Asni Walnut Festival

June 23, 2015 Marrakesh, Morocco The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) recently participated in the only Moroccan festival solely dedicated to the celebration of walnuts and almonds. At the festival this year, held June 12-14, HAF showcased its organic certified walnut oils and packaged nuts produced at the walnut processing facility, located just up the street

The Development of the HAF-HA3 Value Chain

We are in the final stages of establishing the organic agricultural value chain for HA3!  This begins with community tree nurseries and culminates in certified product – walnuts and almonds initially – entering the global market place. Here’s what it looks like: It’s an incredible achievement on the part of HAF-HA3 to have developed to

The Development of the hAF-hA3 Value Chain

Green Sahara Furniture (GSF), based in Casablanca, Morocco, designs and builds unique, handcrafted, and sustainable furniture and wood decor items.  They use natural wood shapes and reclaimed pieces from pruned and fallen trees in many of our projects and they partner with the High Atlas Foundation regarding tree planting, irrigation, and other community development projects

Federation of Civil Society Associations of Ourika Organizes a Conversation Around Clean Drinking Water in Azaghar Milk Coop

CLEAN DRINKING WATER

The Federation of Civil Society Associations of Ourika includes seven associations.  We at HAF appreciate their dedication and so we would like to mention them individually: • Afoulki Association for Development • Association Noor for Development • Association Asrou for Development • Association Fam Lhari • Association Koji for Solidarity and Development • Tifawin Association

Morocco: Catalyzing Human Development Through Cultural Preservation

Morocco is being lauded today as a bastion of stability in a troubled time and region; while the future is unforeseeable, there are certainly specific factors that have helped bring about this significant situation. Three in particular are well known: the kingdom’s participatory efforts to promote human development; its process of decentralization of power; and