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SPREADING THE SEEDS OF MULTICULTURALISM: A MOROCCAN PERSPECTIVE

Article: Spreading the Seeds of Multiculturalism: A Moroccan Perspective Since early June, an estimated 15 to 26 million people across the United States have participated in protests against the death of George Floyd and the persistence of systematic racism in America, making it one of the largest movements in the country’s history. Thousands of protestors

100% RENEWABLE IS LOADING…

Project Assistant The Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) for an African energy transition towards “all-renewable” is a project that the High Atlas Foundation is working on alongside GermanWatch, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Bonn, Germany. GermanWatch seeks to influence public policy on trade, the environment, and relations between countries in the industrialized north and underdeveloped south

WE ARE THE CHANGE: INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020

HAF Project Manager We, the youth, have a vast and important role in development and nation-building. Societies that have a large percentage of youth are strong ones. This is reflected in the tremendous energy of young people, which clearly contributes to driving and managing global matters and development projects. Climate change is an example. It

MY EXPERIENCE WITH GRANT WRITING FOR THE HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION

HAF Intern – UVA student As this was my first opportunity working on a grant proposal, I did not know much about the content and format of proposals previously; however, I knew that writing one was an important skill to acquire. Furthermore, I was able to explore new areas of the High Atlas Foundation’s work.

في زيارة للمشاتل (فاس، مكناس، افران)

في اطار المشاريع التنموية والمساعدات الاجتماعية التي تقوم بها مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير ثم المبادرات وكذا التوزيع المستمر للأشجار المثمرة على الفلاحين، جاءت في هذا الاطار زيارة ميدانية لجبال الأطلس المتوسط مرورا بمدن فاس ومكناس، رفقة السيد سعيد البناني مدير مشروع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بدأت رحلتنا  من مدينة مراكش في اتجاه مدينة مكناس كأول محطة، يوم

BUILDING A DEFINITION OF DEVELOPMENT

Building a Definition of Development • Arabic: Al bayader, 28 Jul 2020. A model of the Alternative-Participatory Development social system (Yossef Ben-Meir, 2009) The idea of development itself, its definition, and even the method we use for defining it, would be a good place to begin toward discovering its potential in our lives. We cannot rely on

CREATING AND GIVING JOY TO OTHERS

Director of Projects Natural human tendency is to create security in our lives by trying to keep things the same, but we need to keep in mind that we will face challenges in our lives, and we can learn from them even if it is difficult for us in the beginning. We need to adapt

SOUTH-SOUTH YOUTH COOPERATION

HAF Project Manager South-South regional blocs led the world to go through a major economic and political transformation over the last two decades. The advances, particularly in the South, have been more rapid than at any time during a similar span in world history. Relationships within the South and between the South and the North

PLANTING TREES: AN ACT OF FAITH

By Yossef Ben-Meir, Imane Akhezzane, and Ellen Hernandez The Qur’an speaks about water as the life force: the heavens and the Earth were a joined entity, and then they were separated and every living thing was made from water [21:30]. Everything needs water to survive, and among these, of course, are trees. Trees help us

CHANGING THE DESTINY OF WOMEN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Can you imagine that due to COVID-19, several problems related to women have only increased, but these issues haven’t been given attention? For years, different NGOs worked on empowering women and gender equality, but with the unexpected appearance of an invisible enemy (the virus), those activities that used to raise awareness about injustices and discrimination

INTEGRATIONS REVEALED BY PARTICIPATION

There are a number of reasons that explain the ascendency over decades, and now the mainstream, of participatory approaches to meaningful development. We often see that when people decide upon the project or change that they most want, that they will give their energy and time to help ensure its continuity and success. We widely

THE SHARED CHARACTERISTICS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND DERADICALIZATION

This article in Arabic –  الخصائص المشتركة للتنمية المستدامة ونزع التطرّف Sustainable development refers to the pattern through which we meet human needs without compromising the future generations’ ability to meet theirs. It requires a comprehensive approach with components that can be individually achieved, including but not limited to economic prosperity, independence, and social well-being. In

هيئات دولية اجتماعية تزرع البسمة لبعض الأسر ببوجدور

French version .تماشيا مع أهدافها الاجتماعية فقد قامت مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بتوزيع عشرات قفف لمواد غذائية أساسية بإقليم بوجدور نظرا للظروف الاجتماعية و الاقتصادية التي تسببت فيها جائحة كورونا بجنوب المغرب على غرار كل الجهات بالمملكة فقد قامت العديد من الهيئات بمساعدة الأسر المعوزة ولم تكن مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وشركائها إلا من أوائل المساهمين والمساعدين

U.S. AND MOROCCAN EXPERTS COLLABORATE FOR MOROCCAN COOPERATIVES

The High Atlas Foundation & USAID kick-off the very first Farmer-To-Farmer virtual assignment in Morocco, which will be served by former Peace Corps Volunteer and F2F Volunteer Mark Apel, working integrally with Rachida Outouchki the president of Aboughlo Women’s Cooperative. The assignment aims to follow up on an agricultural project managed by the Tassa Ouirgane

Return Visits to Uplift Communities of Morocco

To all former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Morocco, and to all others who wish to return to this fulfilling land and continue to benefit its remarkable people: The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is administering the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program during the next three years, and we sincerely hope that you will give your needed

A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH THE HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION

As I conclude this virtual internship, I cannot help but reflect on the connections I made and the valuable skills I learned. Firstly, getting the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people enhanced my communication skills, as I learned to adapt to the new circumstances of a virtual environment and improve my cultural

Participatory Development in Practice: A Weekly Conversation Facilitated by HAF President Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir

Peoples’ participation in development is the most significant determinant of projects’ sustainability. Let’s learn about it together and participate as colleagues and give honest expression to the thoughts and ideas that we have. I feel bound to do my utmost to draw out from all participants their immeasurable understanding and capacities that are within each

LEARNING IN ACTION: NAVIGATING A VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP AND GAINING NEW SKILLS

I can’t believe I had my last weekly meeting with all the HAF interns and staff. It feels surreal, because time this summer has been both fast and slow at various points. Throughout my time with HAF, I have kept the words, “your internship will not be what you expect it to be,” at the

MONITORING TREES IN AMIZMIZ: ANOTHER WAY TO DISCOVER MOROCCAN NATURE AND HISTORY

HAF Projects Coordinator It was with great enthusiasm that I took the road to Amizmiz a week ago to evaluate the trees distributed by the High Atlas Foundation to various farmers in this region. Tree monitoring is a process rooted in the activities of the Foundation. This is a crucial and necessary step which allows

A PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD AND CLOTHING SOLIDARITY IN THE FACE OF COVID-19

A Partnership for Food and Clothing Solidarity in the Face of COVID-19 • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 16 Jul 2020. PRESS RELEASE CONTACT INFORMATION Amina El Hajjami Director of Programs, High Atlas Foundation amina@highatlasfoundation.org +212 (0) 6 62 17 66 63 A Partnership for Food and Clothing Solidarity in the Face of COVID-19 MARRAKECH – The High Atlas

THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF THE PANDEMIC: AN ONGOING MIGRATION CRISIS

– The Forgotten Victims Of The Pandemic: An Ongoing Migration Crisis • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 16 Jul 2020. • French: Djazairess, 26 Jul 2020. USMBA Law students participate in skills-building workshops in preparation for opening a law clinic. February 2020, High Atlas Foundation. As Europe closed borders and suspended flights in early March to combat the spread of

REFLECTIONS ON OMAR HIMMI OF TOUBKAL, MOROCCO

– REFLECTIONS ON OMAR HIMMI OF TOUBKAL, MOROCCO • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 14 Jul 2020. Recently, I had a moment of self-reflection brought about by the passing of someone who made a difference in the trajectory of my life. Years ago, I lived in the home of Omar Himmi Ait Omrar in the village of Amsouzerte in

Give to any of our ongoing projects on GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day

Friends, Creating a new period of good for all requires giving what we each are able. So, we hope you give on this Bonus Day when your gift becomes amplified. Today, your donation of $100 or more made to any of HAF’s ten ongoing projects (linked below) between 9:00 AM and 11:59 PM EST will

“FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL”

– الفشل في التخطيط هو التخطيط للفشل Farmer-to-Farmer Country Director at the High Atlas Foundation How many times have you asked yourself a series of questions about what to prepare for a hike, a trip, or dinner party? You probably thought about what time to leave, what clothes to bring, what food to serve or

FACILITATING PARTICIPATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

How can we achieve sustainable development, not just globally, but specifically in Morocco? We must first consider what the central features of this development are. We must incorporate many factors in creative and innovative design: education, gender, ethics, economics, politics, culture, history, geography, finance, and technical aspects in order for sustainable projects to have enduring

A MODEL TO ACHIEVE THE MODEL FOR DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO

– A Model To Achieve The Model For Development In Morocco, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President). Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 23 Juin 2020. French version There may be irony in Morocco now reconsidering and revamping its development model, which is its national guiding frameworks for social and environmental fulfillment. I have long been and remain a believer

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN VIRTUAL WORK

HAF-UVA Intern When I first started the internship for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), I also had to take a UVA class to complement the internship experience. Our first assignment, Envisioning Your Learning Chart, stated, “it is almost guaranteed that your internship will not be what you expect it to be.” There was no way

HOW A PARADE OF PROTESTORS CAN INSPIRE A WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT

A young woman rallies the crowd outside the fence of the White House in DC on June 7th. Last Sunday I attended a protest for the Black Lives Matter movement in downtown DC. Despite the heat, hundreds of young people, most wearing masks (to limit spread of COVID-19) and carrying home-made signs, crowded the streets,

CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE LIGHT OF COVID-19

F2F Program Volunteer Administration and Finance Officer | Trainer In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the High Atlas Foundation had the opportunity to participate in a webinar about civil rights in the light of COVID-19. The webinar was organized by Innovation for Change, a global network of people and organizations who work together to

Rising Up

HAF Project Managee Anything we have ever achieved began with an initial participatory-approach meeting and local-community collaboration, which clearly necessitated collective and individual imagination and creative thinking. So if we can’t imagine a way out of this current crisis, it just cannot happen. We know that the crisis is getting more serious every single day,

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