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FURNITURE FOR LEARNING: NOTES FROM SIDI ABDELLAH GHIAT VILLAGE IN HAOUZE, NEAR MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

by J Rojas Meyer Researcher   One of the High Atlas Foundation’s general objectives in Morocco is to find novel ways to bridge a critical gap so that farmers and others, can afford to make a vital transition to planting and harvesting fruit trees. Depending of the type of trees and variation in local conditions

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY-A CALL FOR A GENDER-BALANCED WORLD

Today on March 8 is International Women’s Day! This day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported

Civil Society Matters to the Sustainable Development Goals

By Peter J. Jacques, Ph.D. Visiting Expert Life and death for whole communities hang in the balance of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include eliminating poverty, conserving forests, and addressing climate change, passed by the United Nations unanimously in 2015. Take for example, the Indigenous Amazigh people who live in the mountains

DISTRIBUTION D’ARBRE ARGAN AUX COOPÉRATIVES FÉMININES À ESSAOUIRA AVEC FRÉ SKINCARE

Moussa Sidibé Bénévole FHA 15 Février 2019 Une nouvelle journée, une nouvelle destination qui cette fois-ci se trouve être la province si hospitalière et chaleureuse d’Essaouira loin de la ville rouge de Marrakech. Une bonne partie des membres du staff de l’ONG High Atlas Foundation et moi y compris se sont alors rendus sur les

CONTINUING THE FIVE-DAY TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN IN MEKNES

Youssef Moussaoui HAF Volunteer New adventure.  New excitement.  After an amazing day in Skoura M’daz, part of the HAF team continues the five-day tree planting campaign. We met farmers from Azrou, in the Amghas commune. Abdelilah accompanied us; he is the caretaker of the HAF Ifrane nursery which is located at the Salaam School. We

PLANTING IN THE NURSERY OF IFRANE

Youssef Moussaoui HAF Volunteer The High Atlas Foundation held a tree planting day in AL – Salaam School, where the nursery is located in Ifrane. Abdelilah, the nursery caretaker, led the process. There were 64 participants. Sixty were elementary school children aged between 10 and 12 (30 children were in the fifth grade, and 30

HERE’S WHAT MAKES A DAY IN TASSA OUIRGANE EXCEPTIONAL!

by Fatima Zahra LAHRIRE HAF Volunteer Early morning on Tuesday, February 19th, we went to Tassa Ouirgane passing by the magnificent view of snowy mountain peaks, wildflowers, and small hills. At a distance of approximately 70 kilometers from the ochre city, Marrakech, the Tassa Ouirgane village stands in its beautiful Azzaden valley. The day started

STUDENTS AND INTERNS PUBLISH WITH THE HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION

Work-study students, interns, and volunteers of the High Atlas Foundation have opportunities to analyze development as it is experienced in rural and urban communities, by farmers, women, youth, and people of all backgrounds.  We also give the students and volunteers the encouragement and support that they need in order to write their observations, improve upon their writing,

THE START OF A FIVE-DAY TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN IN FES, SEFROU, AND MEKNES

  By Youssef Moussaoui HAF Volunteer I have been volunteering for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) for nearly a month now. Every day is a new experience, and the excitement never seems to end. This time, HAF planned a five-day tree-planting campaign in Fes, Sefrou, Azrou, and Meknes. Project manager Said Bennani and I travelled

PMBF FUNDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH PROJECT IN MOROCCO

Peter Jacques, Ph.D., Professor UCF Political Science Department The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies (PMBF) has matched funds awarded to UCF Political Science Professor Peter Jacques to conduct a research project looking at sustainable development, water, and food security in Morocco. Jacques, who is partnering with the Marrakesh-based High Atlas

MEETING THE WOMEN FROM THE ABOGHLOU COOPERATIVE IN OURIKA

by Celina Böhmer HAF intern The weather is getting warmer here in Morocco. The sun is shining the whole day and providing us warmth. Yesterday, HAF project director Amina El Hajjami and I went to visit the Aboghlou Cooperative in Ourika. HAF began working with the women in 2015/16, using a participatory approach and training

PARTICIPATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE SOUTH’S BOUJDOUR PROVINCE

Errachid Montassir HAF project manager   A partnership agreement brought together The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) which works to establish participatory development projects for the Moroccan communities, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the world’s second largest wind turbine manufacturer and provides onshore and offshore wind services. Both are dedicated to working with the communities

THE COMPOUNDING BENEFITS OF WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

by Fatima Zahra Laaribi Women’s Empowerment Lead Trainer High Atlas Foundation   From February 2016 to the present, 467 women participated in the four-day empowerment workshop conducted by High Atlas Foundation. HAF has achieved this in partnership with the Empowerment Institute, Middle East Partnership Initiative, National Endowment for Democracy, Intrepid Foundation, FRE Skincare and other

THE IMPORTANCE OF MULTI-STAKEHOLDER-PARTNERSHIPS IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

By Kerstin Opfer Operations manager High Atlas Foundation Marrakech   We are living in a time, where the humankind faces an unprecedented challenge – it is the warmest it has ever been on earth since human presence. The dangers of climate change are known since the 1980s but a lack of political will and societal

PARTICIPATING IN THE ANNUAL FARMER-TO-FARMER IMPLEMENTERS MEETING IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

    Participating in the Annual Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina By Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President, High Atlas FoundationHere is what I consider a joyful and fulfilling week: 80 or so people gathered from around the world to consider together wide-ranging issues in relation to supporting expert volunteers, for instance how they, cooperatives,

EXCURSION TO THE OURIKA VALLEY WITH PARTICIPANTS OF THE “KICKOFF CONFERENCE FOR DECENTRALIZATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN MOROCCO”

By Celina Böhmer and Kerstin Opfer   Last week the High Atlas Foundation in partnership with Germanwatch, a German NGO dedicated to global equity and people’s livelihoods, conducted a kick-off workshop in Marrakesh with important Moroccan stakeholders of energy and decentralization. This workshop marked the start of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) for an African energy

“THE JOURNEY OF TREES – 7.100 FRUIT TREES FROM FÉS TO THE MIDELT REGION FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT”

by Celina Böhmer, HAF Intern   In January, as part of the HAF team, project manager Said and interns Nisreen and myself, travelled from Marrakech to Fés and then to the Mideltarea. To learn about our first days in Fés, have a look atour former blog articles. Trees ready for being planted, donkeys ready for taking

ETERNALIZING THE MOMENT ON TREE PLANTING DAY

by Sofia d’Ávila Heidenreich Lacerda It was on the beggining of my second week of volunteer work at the High Atlas Foudation and my first time on a field trip with them. I had an incredible experience. On January 21st, the staff from HAF, partners, other volunteers and the local people worked together to make

TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY WITH VOLUNTEERS FROM OCP AND THE LOCAL ASSOCIATION OF ANAMER FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The volunteers from OCP, the HAF team and members of the local association planting the first tree together In the front: a carob tree sapling – ready for being planted! by Celina Böhmer, HAF Intern On Tuesday the 29th of January, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) facilitated a tree planting activity for volunteers from OCP and

PROGRAMMATIC AND OTHER ENDURING MEMORIES DURING MY STAY IN JORDAN

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President, High Atlas Foundation   I’ve been back in Marrakech from Amman, Jordan, for about a week now, back into the swing of planting trees as far and wide as our teams and partners can before the end of March. I’ve been thinking about this blog, revisiting the truly beautiful experiences during my five

TREE PLANTING DAY WITH OCP VOLUNTEERS IN A SETTI FATMA COMMUNITY

by Juliana B. Feltrin HAF Volunteer from Brazil Yesterday, I had another great experience as part of the HAF volunteer team. We left the HAF office around 1:00 p.m. and headed toward the mountains. We arrived in the Setti Fatma commune and the landscape was even more beautiful. It was possible to have a great

HAF CELEBRATES ITS 14TH TREE PLANTING DAY

By Errachid Montassir HAF Project Manager Every year, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) celebrates its National Tree Planting Day on the third Monday of January, which coincides with Martin Luther King Day, by planting trees with farmers, women, and youth across various Moroccan regions.  This year, the event came on the 21st of January, a

A GREEN ACTION FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN MEKNES

Gabriella Moocarme Project Manager Leadership Development Institute Al-Akhawayn University While Ifrane was getting covered under a white sheet of snow, I was glad to join Abdelillah Ghmiza–a representative of the High Atlas Foundation–for a tree planting day in the warmer region of Meknes on that Monday, 21st of January 2019. The High Atlas Foundation organised the

TREE PLANTING IS A KEY TO SUCCESS

by Fatima Zahra Laaribi Financial Manager and Women Empowerment trainer   Annually, on the third Monday of January, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) holds a high-profile day of national tree planting across Morocco.  On this day—the 21st of January this year—Fatima Zahra Laaribi, HAF’s financial Manager, and Abderrahim Baddah, HAF’s nursery caretaker, headed toward Amizmiz, a

مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير تحتفل بحدث التشجير بمجموعة من المناطق بالمملكة المغربية

عبدالهادي كستيح متطوع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير دعت مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير الاثنين الماضي والموازي للواحد والعشرينمن ينايرالجاري الساكنة المحلية المغربية لغرس آلاف الأشجار التي قامت بتوزيعها بمناسبة “يوم غرس الأشجار”، وهو حدث سنوي تقوم به المؤسسة، نظرا لما له من مساهمة في التنمية الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والبيئية عبر المملكة المغربية. وكباقي المناطق التي تشتغل بها المؤسسة عرفت

ثقافة التشجير

بقلم عبد اللطيف البناني ضيف شرف مع مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير يوم 21 يناير2019 الواحد والعشرون من يناير كانون الثاني صار يوما مشهودا في المغرب عامة ومؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بصفة خاصة، إنه اليوم الوطني للتشجير الذي يتصادف مع موسم غرس الأشجار شعارهم في ذلك “ازرع شجرة تنشر الحياة والأمل، ازرع شجرة تحافظ على حياة أبنائك وأحفادك

LES TRÉSORS CACHÉS DE SIDI ZOUINE

Par Karam Yann Volontaire FHA   Honnêtement je ne savais pas comment commencer cet article, ce qui m’attendait durant cette sortie allait au-delà de ce que j’imaginais. Commençons alors par le tout début. A huit heures du matin, je rencontrai mes deux compagnons du voyage, Kerstin et Juliana pour prendre un grand taxi de la

SAVE OXYGEN!!!: HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION’S TREE PLANTING DAY

Youssef El Moussaoui HAF Volunteer   Once in a lifetime experience. Annually, on the third Monday of January, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) organizes a nationwide tree planting campaign. On this January 21st 2019, the HAF team planted trees with communities in many places, including Sidi Bouathmane (Ait Imloul). Ait Imloul is an arid village about

ABOUT THE TREE DAY

by Juliana B. Feltrin HAF Intern   The HAF National Tree Day was very rewarding. We went to the Sidi Zouine Hospital, to plant trees. We were greeted by Mustafa, the president of Association El Wafa, who told us about the place. We started counting the amount of trees that would be planted, together with

HAF’S NATIONAL TREE PLANTING IN MOROCCO, 21 JANUARY 2019, MLK DAY-USA

It was a beautiful day today, the 21st of January 2019, meeting farmers and members of associations, meeting high school students, kindergarteners, and municipal representatives. We loved today, learning from elderly people who planted fig trees 80 years ago, and from volunteers who planted pomegranate trees at a newly constructed school.  We were in villages,