Our relief and recovery program is a dynamic, multidimensional response to the needs of earthquake-affected communities.
On September 8, 2023, an earthquake left more than 2,900 dead and 5,500 injured in the provinces of Al Haouz, Azilal, Chichaoua, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, and Taroudant. The tremors caused significant damage to homes and key infrastructure, especially in rural areas where homes collapsed and roads became impassable. Communities grieved the tragic loss of life and destruction of years of work.
Immediately, thousands of families urgently needed food, water, and shelter. Within ten days, we were able to procure, transport, and distribute supplies to 69 villages, supplying over 3,800 households with tents, blankets, mattresses, and food supplies. Our initial distribution work provided opportunity for real-time needs assessments, and we gathered extensive data with community leaders to inform the direction of our response.
In the months following the earthquake, we've developed a dynamic relief program with communities and global partners. These partnerships have allowed us to continue distribution of food and other supplies, initiate group-based psychosocial therapy for trauma response, build intermediate shelters as an alternative to tent housing, and begin construction on water infrastructure.
Our multi-year strategy is simply a continuation of our long-term partnerships with communities across Morocco. Our water and agricultural infrastructure projects are ongoing, and we hope to support farmers and rural cooperatives as they rebuild their livelihoods. We will continue to advance women's well-being through access to legal aid and literacy programs, and co-develop strategies for financially viable, healthy, and resilient communities.
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An adaptation of our IMAGINE workshop format, psychosocial workshops provide space for processing trauma and tools for mental, spiritual, and emotional recovery.
Entire communities are living in tents while construction and repair of permanent housing begins. Providing durable winter-weather shelters for families displaced by the earthquake is a priority.
Progress to Date
Recovery is an ongoing process. Here are some of our recent updates.
560+tons of supplies distributed
1,200+participants of psychosocial empowerment
Photos From The Field
Transformative Voices: Women’s Psychosocial Empowerment in Sfiha, Al Hoceim
The recent psychosocial empowerment session held in Sfiha from February 24-27 proved to be immensely beneficial for 27 women from diverse backgrounds, including teenagers and adults engaged in various fields such as social work, sewing, and cooking. All of these women are dedicated members of an association focused on sustainable development driven by women.
Des blessures qui n’ont pas encore guéries
Lors de la première visite au douar Ineghede à Anougal, dans la commune d'Al Haouz, un village fortement affecté par le séisme, les femmes se sentaient un peu perdues, pleines de doute envers la visite et les formatrices.
Aghbar Empowering: Relief and Rebuilding Efforts After the Al Haouz Earthquake
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Al Haouz province on September 8th, the relief and rebuilding team of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) embarked on a mission on February 13th to provide much needed assistance to the affected communities.
Our Relief Partners
The generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations make our ongoing relief efforts possible.