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Apply by March 1 for the education abroad program by HAF & UVA

Dear Friend, March 1st is the deadline to apply for the education abroad program – Participatory Development in Practice – offered by the University of Virginia and instructed by the High Atlas Foundation. Undergraduate students of the world, we hope that you send in your application to have personal and community development experiences that empower and create sustainable change. For eight weeks this summer, starting May

FAMILY MEDIATION, PROJECT IDENTIFICATION | USMBA LAW CLINIC, FEZ

By Katie Bercegeay HAF Project Manager On Friday, December 27, law students at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez gathered to continue in a series of training workshops preparing them to work in a faculty-housed pro bono law clinic in 2020. The morning began with a short exercise to practice active listening. Students–and even

SOFT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR PARTICIPATORY COMMUNICATION | USMBA LAW CLINIC, FEZ

By Katie Bercegeay HAF Project Manager Twenty-nine master’s and doctorate-level law students participated in the second of a series of workshops and trainings designed to prepare the students to work in a new law clinic to be housed at the Faculty of Juridical, Economic, and Social Sciences at the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in

GIVING TODAY FOR BETTER DAYS

Dear Friend, There are fantastic reasons to give today to the High Atlas Foundation in Morocco: Women’s empowerment and girls’ education uplift our life’s fabric and are absolutely real outcomes of our work with families and communities. Fruit tree agriculture, building cooperatives, certifying organic, and processing food products for local and global sales form a

STUDENT TRAININGS LAUNCHED | USMBA LAW CLINIC, FEZ

By Katie Bercegeay HAF Project Manager A training program to engage and prepare university law students to give supervised pro bono legal counsel to marginalized persons in Fez was launched during the second week of November. An initial meeting with 37 masters level law students studying at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah was conducted on

PROMOTING CIVIL SOCIETY – UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT IN FEZ

By Katie Bercegeay, HAF Project Manager On October 10, 2019, the High Atlas Foundation kicked off a new project in partnership with the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (USMBA) in Fez to establish a Law Clinic and Legal Aid program which actively engages students in experiential and service learning for the greater good of the

THE HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION AT THE UNITED NATIONS

The High Atlas Foundation at the United Nations Dear Friend, This Newsletter presents the sustainable development work of the High Atlas Foundation and our fulfilling the Special Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that we have enjoyed since 2011. We are facilitators of development that local communities of Morocco seek, and

INSPIRATION, EMPOWERMENT, (SELF-) GROWTH – IMPRESSIONS OF THE U.S. EMBASSY YOUTH EXCHANGE ALUMNI REINTEGRATION SEMINAR 2019

HAF intern Last week I got the chance to take part in some of the program of the Alumni Seminar. From the 6th to the 10th of the November, 55 youth from all over Morocco who participated in the different U.S. Embassy exchange programs met at the Hotel Dar Atlas in Marrakech to share their

HAF TREE PLANTING IN TIZIAN

By Florence Jordan World Challenge Traveller Coming from London, this project really showcased the differences between our homes, and the homes and lives of those living in Tizian in the High Atlas Mountains. During our stay, we were introduced to the differences in culture and language in Morocco compared to the United Kingdom. We were

U.S. EMBASSY, HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION HOST ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

Arabic version PRESS RELEASE CONTACT INFORMATION Loubna Arrach                       Kamal Akaya Alumni Coordinator               HAF Seminar Manager arrachl@state.gov                  kamal@highatlasfoundation.org +212 6 73 05 70 33              +212 6 63 66 27 68 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. EMBASSY, HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION HOST ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SEMINAR MARRAKECH – The U.S Embassy in Rabat, in partnership with the High Atlas

HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION’S ERRACHID MONTASSIR SELECTED TO ATTEND THE UN YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT IN NEW YORK

Yossef Ben-Meir President, High Atlas Foundation Marrakech, Morocco yossef@highatlasfoundation.org Tel. +212624596622 September 16, 2019 Errachid with rural primary school students, conducting an environmental workshop in Ait Hamou municipality in the Marrakech region (Photo by Nisreen Abo-Sido; January 2019). Errachid Montassir of Morocco, a project manager of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), was recently accepted to

YOUTH: CHALLENGES IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & GENDER

Carol Ma Yau Ka HAF intern, CUHK student Morocco has a relatively young population, with 42% of its citizens aged below 25. The young population provides Morocco with strong human capital, and thus huge potential for future development. However, youth in Morocco are facing great difficulty in terms of education, employment and inequality. In the

SUMMER SCHOOL TO “MEET A LEADER” – DR. YOSSEF BEN-MEIR

Camelia Harkousse On July 26, 2019, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, President of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), was invited by AFCD Foundation in Ait Ourir as a leader to give a talk about HAF’s scope, activities, and approaches to sustainable community development. The talk, which was one hour long, is a part of the agenda of

UVA-HAF ON PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT

Camelia Harkousse, HAF Intern Under the auspices of the University of Virginia (UVA) and with the support of the High Atlas Foundation team (HAF), a four-credit academic internship course was taught in Marrakech – Morocco, from May 27 to July 19, 2019. The course, which is entitled “Participatory Development in Practice” focused on local development – from

A VISIT TO TASSA OUIRGANE

Alissa Brenn HAF Intern, graduate student On a sunny Friday morning, the High Atlas Foundation took us on a field trip to the village of Tassa Ouirgane in the Al-Haouz province. Our small but very international group consisted of students from the George Mason University in Virginia, student volunteers from all over the world, and

BOTTOM-UP AND TOP-DOWN

Julia DiFabrizio HAF Intern, UVA student Something I have been thinking about is the relationship between top-down and bottom-up development. Community-led, participatory development plays an undeniably important role in global development within economic, political, and social spheres. I’ve seen HAF initiate local economic development through cooperative building and agricultural support for rural farmers; grassroots political

BRIGHTER THAN A LIGHTHOUSE

Nathan Campbell HAF Intern, UVA Student I went to Ait Ourir, a city about 30 minutes outside of Marrakech to visit the Riad school. The school is surrounded by a six-foot wall that is covered by murals mainly pertaining to environmental issues. The school currently has 1,222 students, with boys and girls ages 5-12 years

EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN

Victoria Burns HAF Intern, UVA Student This week was spent with young Moroccan women at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech in the Imagine Women’s Empowerment workshop. The attendees were mainly University of Virginia students, me, and 5-7 Marrakech University students, and it was very powerful to witness the evolution of the confidence and comfort level

IMAGINING A CLEAR JOURNEY

Fariha Mujeebuddin This week we took part in the four day IMAGINE workshop at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, with a small group of Moroccan students. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sessions at the beginning, since there were so many different experiences in the room. Having led and participated in women’s empowerment

AN INSIGHT INTO THE INTEGRATED EDUCATIVE COMPLEX OF BOUCHANE

Camelia Harkousse HAF Intern On Wednesday 26th of June, the group accompanied by HAF Project Manager Errachid Mountassir visited a primary school in Bouchane Rhamna, where the children are learning about environmentalism. The pupils presented for the audience a play in classical Arabic. It was about forgiveness and tolerance. I was astonished how skillfully they

LEARNING TO IMAGINE

Caroline Kirk I didn’t think I would need to learn how to imagine at the Imagine workshops this week, but a rerouting and adjustment of my own mind became necessary. I am a pro at these workshops; engagement, listening, asking questions, empowerment. I mean I lead these activities for girls through my sorority, class service,

“IMAGINE” WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP AT CADI AYYAD UNIVERSITY (WITH UCA AND UVA WOMEN STUDENTS)

Camelia Harkousse HAF Intern This week was all about women empowerment, we had a women’s workshop for four days and it was my first time to experience it. I did not know what to expect and how it will turn out… The workshop was led by HAF empowerment trainers – Amina El Hajjami, Fatima Zahra

REVITALIZING THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Morocco is on its way to being the hub of solar energy in Africa. Brooklyn Wenbo Wu HAF Intern Promoting the use of solar energy is an effective way which not only provides more access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, but is also a feasible method to address climate change. However,

THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN

Caleb Tisdale, 3 June 2019 HAF Intern, University of Virginia The door is always open at the High Atlas Foundation. Often, it is literally open in an attempt to generate some airflow in the office. It is also open in the sense that people are constantly going in and out. My friend Shermeen says it’s

MOROCCO PROVIDES SAFE SPACES FOR YOUTH

– Morocco Provides Safe Spaces for Youth, The New Arab, By Julia Payne (Undergraduate student and HAF Intern), 8 August 2018. • Arabic: El-Bashayer, 1 September 2018. Julia Payne Marrakech As a society, we have hopes and dreams for the future; for our children, our countries, and the global community. These aspirations rest on the shoulders of the

STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO ACCESS EVERY COMMUNITY VOICE THROUGH THE HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION

HAF Project Manager November 16, 2015 On Friday November 13 2015, Yossef Ben-Meir spoke to the ability of students at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane to effect social change in their communities and country. “You have to realize your power… and that is your right. And it is the right of every Moroccan to participate