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Tree Planting & Cgi Commitment to Action Certificate Signing

January 21st, 2016 Monday, January 25th, 2016 – Akrich, rural commune of Tamesloht, Al Haouz province (25 km south of Marrakesh): At what has become an annual, intercultural celebration of the new planting season, a further milestone in the calendar of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is set to take place. The event will be

An Almond Nursery Training in the Ourika Valley

By Lisa Maria Wiese, HAF intern 15 January, 2016 The almond is a precious fruit that can be enjoyed on its own, in a cake, and even for luxurious crèmes. The production of the very tasty and equally healthy fruit of the almond tree requires many steps, but the reward is well worth it in

Soutenir Le Développement Économique D’une Manière Enrichissante Pour Tous

Communiqué de presse 27 janvier 2016 POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIATE Morocco: Soutenir le développement économique d’une manière enrichissante pour tous : la Maison de Vie, une initiative interculturelle d’agriculture bio de la Fondation du Haut Atlas et de l’engagement à l’action de la Clinton Clinton Global Initiative. Monday, January 25th, 2016 – Akrich, rural commune of Tamesloht,

Between Despondency and Hope in Morocco’s Oriental Region

– Between Despondency and Hope in Morocco’s Oriental Region, The Perspective, by Elle Houby (HAF writer), 29 January   2016. – On the fringes of the Saharan desert, skirted by the rocky coastline of the northern Maghreb where it meets the blue Mediterranean, lies the Oriental region of Morocco. Nestling within an often verdant, predominantly mountainous terrain is Oujda, the largest

Fruit Tree Distribution with the Girls and Boys of Bouchane Schools (Rhamna Province)

By Lisa Maria Wiese, Social Media Intern February 9, 2016 On February 8th, I had the great joy of accompanying the HAF team and HAF’s president Yossef Ben-Meir to the rural province of Rhamna. There, I attended my first tree distribution which took place at Bouchane schools in the area. The first school I visited

Partage De Liens Et Nouvelle Croissance — Le Gouverneur D’al Haouz, M. Younès El Bathaoui

A qui de droit: C’est avec plaisir que je joins le texte de l’allocution prononcée par M. Younès Al Badawi, gouverneur d’Al Haouz, le 25 janvier 2016 à la cérémonie de signature d’un engagement à l’action de la Clinton Global Initiative, à laquelle a assisté M. Dwight L. Bush, Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis d’Amérique au Royaume

On the Cusp of Change – Walnut Distribution in Tadmamt, Al Haouz

By Elle Houby 16 February 2016 A mere forty-five minute drive from the rhythmic commotion that is Marrakesh, Morocco’s southern metropolis, sits the lush nursery of Tadmamt. As spring edges closer, the intricately terraced fields make for a refreshing change of scenery after the vibrant urban scene. Yet, enveloped in the lofty peaks of the

Amazon Smile

The High Atlas Foundation has recently registered with Amazon Smile. Select the High Atlas Foundation as your chosen non-profit and every time you order from Amazon a small donation will go to HAF! Every donation helps HAF continue to encourage sustainable prosperity in Morocco! “Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases

Walnut Sapling Distribution in Chichaoua Province

By Luigi Limone February 23, 2016 On February 22nd, I had the opportunity to accompany the HAF team to the province of Chichaoua, in the region of Marrakech-Safi. We left from Marrakech at 8 a.m. to reach the Tadmamt nursery. Immersed in the majesty of the High Atlas Mountains, the nursery imparts the feeling of

“Dear Friends”

To view text in french, please click here More than 15 years ago, around the spirit of Peace Corps, the High Atlas Foundation was founded to help rural Moroccan communities in need. A dedicated group of Americans and Moroccans alike saw that there was a great space to be filled, and they worked together to create

Planting for a Green Future

By Lisa Wiese April 6, 2016 As you head east from Marrakech you will pass through many little villages that showcase the bright colors, vibrant culture, and wide smiles of the Moroccan people. Make sure to open your window so you can smell the fresh, cold air of the wind which comes from the mountains,

To a World Impacted by Terrorism

An open letter to the people of the world: By Emma Tobin April 7, 2016 I was four when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened, effectively meaning that I grew up in a country full of fear, anger, and resentment towards Muslim people. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars only furthered that fear and anger as soldiers

A Tally of the 2016 Tree Planting Seasons

To view text in French please click here Every planting season has its own life story. We are at that time of the year when it has just concluded. This year, as every year, we gave it all the energy and resources that we could muster.  Here are the incredible results and our deepest hopes for

Moroccan Decentralization – Challenges to Genuine Implementation

– Moroccan Decentralization – Challenges to Genuine Implementation, Indigenous Policy Journal, by Yossef Ben-Meir   (HAF President), 1 November 2016. The Moroccan decentralization initiative bears great promise to achieve human development goals that are truly ‘of the people’. As turmoil engulfs so much of the MENA region, the Moroccan model stands out as a potential means of empowering and

Trip to the Festival Des Roses

By Nina Schmitz 23.05.16 The best achievements you get are those you enjoy. And you enjoy most what you can share with friends. The trip to M’gouna was great opportunity for HAF staff, volunteers and interns to teambuilding and enjoy what the region has to offer. We had fun weekend, eight current members of the

Boston Students Visit HAF

By Ramzi Talbi 5/26/2016 A group of sixteen students from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts visited the High Atlas Foundation today to learn about our mission and projects, along with their Professor Peter Fraunholtz. The day started early in the morning with tea at HAF’s office in Marrakesh, while Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, the foundation’s president,

Final Report for Morocco Assignment

By Mark Apel, Former Peace Corps Volunteer 31/05/2016 First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Yossef and the staff, volunteers and interns for the opportunity to join HAF’s work on bettering the lives of rural people in the Kingdom of Morocco. I valued every minute of my time assisting the organization with

Women and Trees – Simplicity for the Sake of the Planet

By Mark Apel, Former Peace Corps Volunteer This spring, I had the privilege of volunteering in Morocco for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), a US 501(c)(3) and Moroccan non-profit organization that focuses on disadvantaged rural and urban communities through participatory development. This small but mighty organization, based in Marrakech, was founded by former Peace Corps Volunteers

One-to-One Forum

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir will be speaking at the One-to-One Forum this coming Monday on June 20th at the main branch of the New York Public Library (5.30pm, Chabad Midtown at 509 5th Avenue, 4th floor). This twelve hour forum of talks from thought leaders, ‘fireside’ conversations, and arts performances, are meant to engage youth and adults alike to

A Journey to Another Country – and Myself

By Nina Schmitz 22/06/16 After more than three years of study I felt the desperate need to get out of the environment and way of thinking that became normalized to me. This was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Morocco and volunteer with the High Atlas Foundation for ten weeks. I

Field Visit to the Aboghlo Women’s Cooperative

By: Emily Hamilton 29/07/2016 About thirty minutes outside of Marrakech lies a small town near the High Atlas Mountains. Ourika looks more like a cluster of small villages existing side by side, just off of the main road from Marrakech. Far down a dusty lane, past a beautiful garden growing saffron flowers, past the traditional

U.N. Statement on Human Development by HAF

This statement was submitted by the High Atlas Foundation which has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Statement There is a common denominator among successful human development projects, be they in the field of education, health, economic growth, cultural preservation or the environment, namely that the project beneficiaries themselves participated

Morocco in the World

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, HAF President If Morocco could effectively implement participatory development through decentralized administrative systems across the population, the model could then be emulated and adapted to help create pathways for the people of the Middle East and Africa to achieve the kind of future they seek. Morocco could guide the region by

Visiting Akrich and Aboghlo Women’s Cooperative: Shared Stories and New Perceptions

By:  Marwa Natsheh, HAF intern  A mere three days after my arrival at the High Atlas Foundation office in central Marrakesh, as an intern at the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) focusing on women’s empowerment, project manager Amina El Hajjami offered me the exciting opportunity of a brief field trip out of Marrakesh, which turned out

Morocco: One Farmer’s Struggle for a Better Life

Ahmed Ouajib University Student and HAF Intern Marrakech Conducting interviews with farmers across Morocco has left me in awe of them.   Take for example twenty-three-year-old Najib Charhabili, who received his BA in Arabic last summer from Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech.  He hails from the town of Zagora, where his family owns a small field

Supporting the Kingdom of Morocco

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– Supporting the Kingdom of Morocco, transconflict, by Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 23 October 2016. In recent decades the Kingdom of Morocco has embarked on a path that fully commits the nation to a development and civil course that is at once progressive and strongly connected to its national identity. The Moroccan model for success –

January 16th: A Moment for Trees

Trees are an integral part of achieving people’s development.  They fortify livelihoods and our planet, they feed and give shelter and they are among the most tangible signs of God’s mercy and love. From noon next January 16th, on the day that in the US calendar commemorates the life of the pursuit of justice of

HAF Action Efforts at the Cop22 in Marrakech, Morocco (Nov. 7-18, 2016)

With the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC right around the corner, the High Atlas Foundation is mobilizing its partnerships, networks and beneficiary community to highlight the extraordinary commitment and actions taken towards sustainable, green practices over the past 15 years. As this is a COP of action, the global climate

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