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House of Life – Intercultural Organic Tree Nursery Initiative

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Morocco, El Haouz Province: House of Life – Intercultural Organic Tree Nursery Initiative Monday, February 9th, 2015 saw the nationwide launch of an intercultural organic agriculture initiative as the honorable Governor of El Haouz, Mr Younès El Bathaoui, presided over a very special fruit tree distribution and planting ceremony at a Jewish sacred site.  In

What Development Vividly Means

What development vividly means: A report about my Internship at the High Atlas Foundation by Till Dahlmüller Marrakesh, Morocco Mid February 2015 I set off for ten days in the High Atlas Mountains, an undertaking that was in keeping with the terms of my Internship at the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) in Marrakesh. It was these

Tree Planting at Sidi Bouskri School, Essaouira

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On a Saturday last March, the Teachers Association of Life Sciences and the Earth, partnering with the High Atlas Foundation, completed planting 110 Argon, carob and olive trees with students at the Sidi Bouskri School in Smimou, Essaouira. With the support of the PaperSeed Foundation and the Embassy of Switzerland, Rabat, this project is also planting

It All Begins with the Community: A Site Visit to Azilal Province

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It was well past nine by the time we rumbled through the city to pick up Abderrahim. The streets of the medina were only just waking up from their Sunday morning snooze, but HAF’s Project Manager had been up since six. He hopped in the front seat of the taxi, passing back loaves of warm

Celebrating the Moroccan Fulfillment of the Promise of Biodiversity

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On the celebration of International Biodiversity Day on 22 May 2014, HAF President Dr Yossef Ben-Meir shared some of his thoughts about the preservation of biodiversity in Morocco The High Atlas Foundation partners with the High Commission for Water and Forests to advance human development with communities that neighbor Morocco’s ten national parks. This unique

World Environment Day

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– World Environment Day, Modern Ghana, 5 June 2014. World Environment Day is held annually on June 5 under UN auspices to highlight a particular area of environmental concern. The focus this year is on the unique challenges facing the world’s small islands in their battle with rising ocean levels – a far cry, it might seem,

Essaouira Accueillera L’ambassadeur Des Etats-Unis D’amerique, Dwight L. Bush SR

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Visite des cimetières des Trois Religions réhabilitées par le fond des ambassadeurs pour la préservation culturelle à Essaouira, le jeudi 12 juin 2014 Terre de tolérance et de brassage des cultures, Essaouira accueillera l’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, Dwight L. Bush Sr, pour sa première visite dans la ville le 12 et 13 juin 2014. Lors

LA FHA PLANTE SON MILLIONIÈME ARBRE LE 16 JANVIER

Le 16 janvier 2014, un événement historique dans le calendrier de la Fondation du Haut-Atlas se déroulera simultanément dans différentes zones du Maroc, pour célébrer la réussite de la “campagne Un Million d’arbres“. En dix ans, nous estimons avoir aidé 50.000 personnes à sortir de la pauvreté. Le projet devrait se poursuivre indéfiniment, à un

HAPPY GIVING TUESDAY!

Here at HAF, we hope that our friends, colleagues, partners and supporters have enjoyed the recent holidays and festivities of Aid el-Kebir, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. We would like to give thanks to each and every one of you for what you have made possible for Moroccan families and communities. On Giving Tuesday, we ask you

GET INVOLVED WITH HAF’S 1 MILLIONTH TREE PLANTING CELEBRATION

On January 16th, 2014 HAF will plant its 1 millionth tree at over 40 sites simultaneously throughout Morocco. We want to share this milestone event with local community members as well as our thousands of individual donors worldwide. Get involved: Watch the planting event streamed live on HAF’s website at noon on Jan 16th (7am EST), and

1 MILLION DOWN, THE 1 BILLION TREE CAMPAIGN BEGINS!

16 January 2014 was an incredible day for community partners and local schools. HAF staff attended planting events throughout 8 provinces, traveling from school to school, community to community, overseeing tree deliveries and environmental lessons presented by local teachers and farmers. Nearly 10,000 trees were planted in the course of 1 day, setting the stage

INVEST IN KIDS, BY RACHID EL KOUHEN, SAMI’S FATHER.

by Rachid El Kouhen, Father of Sami (after whom Sami’s Project is named) On Jan 16, 2014 we attended the culmination of HAF’s 1 million tree planting campaign.  On that day, over 10,000 fruit trees and seeds were planted in 8 different provinces of Morocco. Sami’s Project was vital in this campaign with the participation

Trees, Irrigation, and Women’s Cooperatives

This 2006 planting season, the High Atlas Foundation funded the planting of 5,000 fruit trees in the Rural Communes of Ait Mohamed and Ouirgane, in the Province of Marrakech.  About 100 rural families received the trees (almond and olive), which will generate transformative socio-economic benefits after six years.  Tree planting was ranked by these communities

HAF TO PLANT ITS ONE-MILLIONTH TREE ON JANUARY 16TH

On 16th January 2014 a milestone event in the calendar of the High Atlas Foundation is scheduled to take place in various locations throughout Morocco, with the celebration of its successfully completed ‘One Million Tree Campaign‘. Over ten years, we estimate to have helped 50,000 people make the step out of poverty. The project is poised to

STRIVING FOR A GREEN WORLD, ONE PLANT AT A TIME

By Said Bennani HAF Project Manager The successful partnership between the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and Ecosia, a social business based in Germany, provides a special example of the utility of such unions, evidenced in the project for sustainable development in Moroccan communities. The idea of sustainability development stems from people’s participation in their own

RPCV Christian Fowkes Visits HAF funded Ain Bechar Women’s Cooperative

From Christian “Karim” Fowkes, RPCV Taza (1998-2000) : I returned to Morocco this summer to show my wife why Morocco holds such a special place in my heart. We traversed the country, making our way to Taza and Tazekka National Park. In Taza, we were welcomed by my former Parks counterpart, Aziz Rahmouni, and his family. Early the

NOTES FROM THE FIELD #1

In an effort to keep you informed about our ongoing projects with communities, we will post “Notes from the Field” blog updates on a regular basis. We look forward to sharing our work with you, and  reading your comments! Imenane Valley In partnership with the Global Diversity Foundation, HAF recently completed a three month participatory monitoring and evaluation

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: 28 STUDENTS TRAINED, 60,000 TREES PLANTED, AND 9 VILLAGES RECEIVE CLEAN DRINKING WATER

In partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Morocco, HAF organized and presented a series of workshops focused on the theme of inclusive community planning during the months of January and February 2010. HAF provided hands-on training to twenty-eight Masters students at Hassan II University’s Faculty of Law, Economics, and Social Sciences in Mohammedia,

HAF PLANTS THIS SEASON 120,000 FRUIT SEEDS AND SAPLINGS AND COUNTING

This effort is in loving memory of Kate Jeans-Gail, a former Peace Corps Volunteer.  This initiative is a model for Morocco because most the saplings for these nurseries come from fruit trees from earlier HAF tree distributions, which means that local people can replenish their own orchards without any additional purchases.  Our next goal is to

FOR THOSE WHO MAKE CHANGE POSSIBLE

They say that sometimes you just have to create a moment, and people will respond. Well, Global Giving is a wonderful organization that has created a website for non-profits like HAF to post their projects so that like-minded people can choose a project they’d like to help sponsor. They not only make it very easy

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