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Giving and Growing Seeds

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The last week of 2016 Dear Friends, Seeds empower women with income, choice and more control over their lives. Seeds make beautiful schools and inform our children about human and environmental life. Seeds are a source of youth employment when we learn how to care for them. Seeds bring together diverse groups of faith. Seeds become our vanguards for clean air and

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

My Morocco Experience

By Kerstin Opfer, HAF volunteer “Morocco is a country that reveals its essence only to those who take the time to draw water and to pour a pot of tea.”   – Moroccan Proverb Time and tea – the two magic words in Morocco. Two of the most important lessons you will eventually learn in

Alternative Policies of Renewal

– Alternative Politics of Renewal, Global Research, by Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 27 February 2017. • French: Libération, 17 June 2017. What does it look like when the local approach to achieving sustainable development projects guides not just how we govern, but is also strategically implemented by candidates to help them campaign and secure elected office? First, let us

Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030

– Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030, Participated in 16th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, New York, HAF Statement by Yossef Ben-Meir, 24-28 April 2017. • French: Libération, 10 June 2017. Taken together, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – contained in U.N. Resolution 70/1 involving the 194 member states and civil society in its deliberation –

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

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

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

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

The Tent in Sahrawi Culture

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By Hana Ezaoui HAF Program Manager, Boujdour Province Sewing tents is an important activity for the Sahrawi people and is seen as spiritual when considering the strong relationship between Sahrawis and the tent. It represents their traditions and their cultural heritage. It also refers to joy, celebration, and happiness. Sahrawi people who see a tent

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

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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

Mountain Life

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– Mountain Life, Addis Fortune, 14 December 2014. It may be that, more than any other terrain, mountain regions exemplify a particular paradox – that of dense poverty coexisting with a special potential for transformative prosperity. The conditions that create mountain people’s impoverishment are rooted both in local and broader contextual conditions.  Mountain areas are often blessed

16 January Anniversary Planting

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Fatima Baamrani HAF Project Manager, Taroudant Province I arrived at ten o’clock at “Lycee College Tifnout” in the village of Amzerko, of the High Atlas Toubkal municipality, together with Aisha Amazal (HAF community facilitator), Khadija Himmi (tree nursery supporter) and Mahjoub Imgdouin from the Parents Association. In the beginning, Abd Aziz Fidoum, the director of

Press Release: 1 Billion Tree Campaign

Morocco, El Haouz province: 60 thousand fruit trees to be planted and distributed at Jewish sacred site as part of High Atlas Foundation ‘One Billion Tree Campaign‘. At midday on Monday February 9th, 2015 the honorable governor of the province of El Haouz, Mr Younès El Bathaoui, together with local community members and representatives of

Meet a 2015er: Yossef Ben-Meir

– Meet 2015er: Yossef Ben-Meir, U.N. Dispatch, Mythili Sampath Kumar (staff writer), 18 February 2015. This blog post is taken from an article written by Mythili Sampathkumar and published on February 18, 2015 for UN Dispatch. This is the second installment of our new “Meet a 2015er” series that profiles the women and men who are helping to

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

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

On My Way to Serve DC

By Safae Lacheheb Safae Lacheheb reflects on her month-long spring fellowship in Washington D.C. working with Serve DC, a service organization dedicated to community engagement. Safae’s fellowship was made possible through Legacy International’s Professional Fellows Program. I spent the majority of my fellowship journey in the District of Columbia, where I was assigned by Legacy

Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Schools: Al Mouahidin School

As part of its mission, the High Atlas Foundation protects and preserves the environment for all the people. Every fall and spring we plant hundreds of trees at schools across Morocco in which Sami’s project – inspired by Sami, a young environmental enthusiast – connects students to the benefit of trees and promotes environmental sustainability. On the morning of

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

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS SHOWCASE WOMEN’S COOPERATIVES AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO

On May 2nd, HAF friends and supporters gathered in New York City for the second Eat.Drink.Share event, which focused on women’s cooperatives in rural Morocco. Attendees had an opportunity to learn more about HAF’s current project in the Tifnoute Valley that will serve ten villages, with the main objective to increase household incomes by 25 percent through fruit tree planting,