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GREEN WEEK IN PRACTICE WITH LES ECOLES ILLOU

HAF Volunteer On February 28, I went on with HAF staff member Hajiba and Mohammed, another volunteer, to the Illou private school to present two workshops on global warming. We were welcomed by the Director, Mrs. Illou, before going to a classroom where we met about 30 second-year students. During the workshop, Hajiba presented the

THE USAID IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS MEETING

HAF-F2F team member On February 27th, two of the High Atlas Foundation’s team members, Mr. Moulay Hassan Aladlouni, Country Director of the Farmer-to-Farmer program, and Fatima Zahra Laaribi, Administrative Support and Finance, Farmer-to-Farmer program attended the USAID Implementing Partners Meeting organized by USAID/ Morocco. The meeting took place at Sofitel in Rabat Salle ALBA MAXIMA

NZALAT LAADAM : L’ECOLOGIE QUI RASSEMBLE

FHA voluntaire Le complexe de Nzalat Laadam qui rassemble près de 800 élèves comprend des classes allant du préscolaire jusqu’au collège, dans des bâtiments très colorés où des dessins et tableaux décorent les murs. Il se trouve à près d’une heure de route au Nord de Marrakech. Nous avons été formidablement accueillis dans cet établissement.

MY VISIT TO ROBERT BOSCH COLLEGE IN FREIBURG

President of HAF Last week I had the immense pleasure of visiting the UWC Robert Bosch College (RBC) in Freiburg, Germany. RBC is replete with global diversity, with 200 students from over 100 countries. I met many thoughtful and hardworking students, and a truly dedicated faculty. On the evening of February 26th, I gave a

ENCOURAGING PUPILS’ CREATIVITY AS SUSTAINABLE FUTURE LEVER

HAF Volunteers On February 26th, we, two French interns, went with Imane to the Mohammed Abed el Jabiri dar Essalam secondary school that is located on the outskirts of Marrakech. There we met the biology teacher, who welcomed us warmly. Inside her laboratory, we carefully observed the student’s pieces of work that are both posters

L’EXPÉRIENCE DE FORMATION DE LA CLINIQUE JURIDIQUE DE LA PERSPECTIVE D’UN ÉTUDIANT

Étudiant chercheur « Master Juriste d’affaires » Faculté des sciences juridiques économiques et sociales de Fès  Faire partie d’une formation qui s’achèvera par la naissance d’une clinique juridique est d’une importance fondamentale et ce pour plusieurs considérations ; mais avant de les décortiquer, je me présente, AININE Mohamed, vingt-deux ans, étudiant en deuxième année Master « Juriste d’affaires » à

تجربة المصحة القانونية

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله أسامة دمغي، 24سنة، طالب باحث تخصص ماستر الأسرة والتوثيق، حاصل على شهادة الإجازة تخصص القانون الخاص بكلية العلوم القانونية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية بفاس جامعة سيدي محمد بن عبد الله سنة 2018، وفي نفس السنة الجامعية 2018/2019 التحقت بماستر الأسرة والتوثيق الذي شكَّل نقطة الوصل بيني وبين مشروع المصحة القانونية بعد اختيار الأساتذة

A GLIMPSE OF THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS

HAF Volunteer [Jingxin Wang is a college student from China who attends school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. She is currently on a “gap year,” volunteering with HAF.] The trip to Nzalat Laadam was just like any other. If it weren’t for the ever-so-imposing red in the background, we could easily be driving

FIGHTING THE CLIMATE CHANGE MONSTER BY RAISING AWARENESS AMONG THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

HAF Intern On the morning of the February 17, 2020, I’m going to pass the day with Imane, Karam, Nic and Yossef: international HAF convoy. In the car, the music gives the rhythm to the landscapes which pass before our eyes. Linkin Park and the Norman singer Orelsan are coming on the trip. I learn

Miracle Season

Dear Friend, I have often felt that each project is a miracle, literally. When we look back during times of shared evaluation, who could have known or predicted all the roads we would take or the partners that would make each step possible. And, somehow, with the grace of so many people, hundreds of thousands

RAISING AWARENESS AMONG MOROCCAN PUPILS

HAF Intern On February 14th, I went with three members of the High Atlas Foundation to a primary school near the town of El Gara in the Berrechid Province. During this day, two workshops were organized in order to raise awareness about climate change among the young generation. The first activity was aimed at having

TIFAOUINE ANGALE: AN IDYLLIC HUMAN-SIZED COOPERATIVE

Tifaouine Angale, in Anougal in the South of Marrakesh HAF Volunteer Down to the village of Anougal, on February 11th, the Farmer-to-Farmer team visited this women’s cooperative for the first time. On this sunny day, a dirt road is leading us to the small village of Anougal. Olive trees, mountains, rocky constructions and dry rivers

GROWING HOPE IN TOUAMA VILLAGE

Nic Pantelick HAF Volunteer Yesterday, I traded the sprawling city of Marrakech for the rolling foothills and winding roads of the Moroccan countryside. Watching this buzzing metropolis retreat through the back window of the car we rode in, I was filled with excitement. After an hour of driving and stop for lunch, we arrived at

YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN COMMUNITY

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir HAF President Moroccan youth today, whether urban or rural based, face enormous obstacles in achieving their self-development and in creating the improvements they seek for their families, communities, country, and even for the world. As they know all too well, they are confronted with the statistical reality which confirms the more

FAMILY MEDIATION, PROJECT IDENTIFICATION | USMBA LAW CLINIC, FES

By Katie Bercegeay HAF Project Manager On Friday, December 27, law students at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes 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

CLIMATE CHANGE SENSITISATION AND ADAPTATION: PLANNING IN ZAGORA

By Kerstin Opfer Operations Manager North Africa is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change and characterised by severe environmental degradation. This compromises already scarce natural resources and thereby the countries’ economic performance, which is heavily dependent on natural capital such as agriculture, phosphates, mineral resources and fisheries. This in turn also

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

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 Fes. Fourteen of

PRESENTING AT THE INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE 2019

By Kerstin Opfer HAF’s Operations Manager We are living in a time where 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 will and societal awareness has inhibited the necessary vigorous

2020 Summer Program: HAF and the University of Virginia

Dear Friend, We at the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) wish you a happy end of year and a fulfilling year ahead This Newsletter is an expression of our appreciation for the students from the University of Virginia (UVA) and elsewhere who spent the last two summers with us and will hopefully join us for summers

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

REFLECTIONS AND THOUGHTS ON A GENDER-BASED WORKSHOP CONDUCTED TO THE STAFF

By Yaniv Teitel HAF Intern Last Friday, I had the privilege and honor to conduct a workshop for the High Atlas Foundations staff members which I tentatively titled “Feminism & Masculinity”. The workshop was a pilot for a larger program that will hopefully start soon – an empowerment workshop for men from rural areas in

STUDENT TRAININGS LAUNCHED | USMBA LAW CLINIC, FES

HAF Project Manager A training program to engage and prepare university law students to give supervised pro bono legal counsel to marginalized persons in Fes 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 Thursday, November 14.

PROMOTING CIVIL SOCIETY – UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT IN FES

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 Fes to establish a Law Clinic and Legal Aid program which actively engages students in experiential and service learning for the greater good of the local community. Born

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

PARTICIPATION, PASSION, AND PERSISTENCE

Georgina Kenchington HAF Volunteer When you think about successful associations and the faces behind them, what are the first things that come to mind? Is it the meticulous business plans that, at some stage or another, came into fruition? How about the scrupulously drawn out financial projections that laid the foundation for future budgets and

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

– High Atlas Foundation’s Errachid Montassir Selected To Attend The Un Youth Climate Summit In New York, APN NEWS, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 16 September 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

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS (MSP) AS A FACILITATING TOOL FOR THE PROCESS OF NDCS IN THE ARAB REGION

By Imane Akhezzane Project Manager As a part of a multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSP) project on renewable energy in Morocco, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) facilitated a conference of Climate Action Network – Arab World in Rabat on September 1st, under the topic: Current State of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Review in the Arab Region Towards

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