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My Intership with the High Atlas Foundation

By Liam Stewart, HAF intern 28 December, 2015 Working alongside the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) has been an amazing experience. In the past three months I have had the opportunity to contribute to the vital sustainable development work being carried out by the organisation, develop my own personal skills and explore different regions of the

A Legacy of Peace Corps Service in Morocco

By Lillian Thomson January 2016 Since the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) arrived in Morocco in 1963, over 5,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps’ partnership with Morocco to develop resilient communities through education and similar voluntary initiatives. In 2010 I was sent to work with Yossef Ben-Meir, president of the High

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,

Legal Aid Program in Mohammedia Benefiting Moroccans with Disabilities

Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki 1 February, 2016  The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) team is currently in the process of wrapping up its Legal Aid Program, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and held in partnership with the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences in Mohammedia. The program concentrated on providing legal services for civil society organizations

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

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

Opening Doors Through the Participatory Approach in Essaouira

On Saturday 24 May, our HAF colleagues Abderrahim and FatimaZahra came to Essaouira to train a team of local people in the participatory approaches used by HAF. This training took place in the context of a project which is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and which is a supplement to HAF’s work in

“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,

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

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

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

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

bridging the gap for moroccan youth: countering violent extremism through human development

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki & Kati Roumani Vulnerability. A common denominator shared by many people in Morocco including students and recent, jobless graduates and youthful, former prison detainees. These two groups actually have more in common than might appear at first sight.  A significant proportion of young Moroccans who manage to make it

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

A Unique Partnership for Youth, Farming Families and the Environment


The High Atlas Foundation has a unique partnership that launches an initiative to profoundly benefit Morocco’s youth and farming communities in the Ifrane province.  Ifrane’s Education Delegation (the provincial office of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training) and HAF signed an agreement that enables the lending of underutilized land near schools to be lent

Supporting the Kingdom of Morocco


– 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 –

Climate Change and Gender


In the frame of preparations for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, two of the High Atlas Foundation’s team members, Fatima Zahra Laaribi and Ibtissam Niri, attended a participatory workshop aimed at equal climate justice for men and women, supported by the Finish Embassy in Rabat. Titled «Pour une Justice

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

WECAN Event November 14


MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2016 Contact: Emily Arasim Communications Coordinator Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network +1 (505) 920-0153 emily@wecaninternational.org Global Leaders To Speak Out On Climate Change Solutions and Women’s Leadership At Public Event During the United Nations COP22 Climate Talks SAN FRANSISCO BAY AREA, California (October 6, 2016) – On November

HAF Invitation for Wecan Event 14 November


Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Marrakech Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network on November 14, 2016 for Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change, an extraordinary gathering with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the

HAF Announces Carbon Auction at Cop22


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: haf@highatlasfoundation.org HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CARBON AUCTION AT COP22  MARRAKECH- The 22nd session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) is set to take place in less than

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


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

A Weaving Cooperative to Empower Women in Ighil village


Transitioning to a green economy compliant with ecological balances and capable of opening new opportunities for wealth creation and sustainable jobs, has become part of a major objective of the new sustainable development strategies being pursued by some countries in North Africa, especially Morocco. Environmental constraints (water stress, land degradation, overly strong energy dependence, vulnerability