In this second installment of HAF program updates, we’re glad to share with you the latest on our collaborative work in renewable energies in Morocco. If you missed the first installment on tree planting, catch up here.
Reminder: Tuesday, November 30 at 4:00 PM Morocco / 10:00 AM ET, we are hosting a one-hour event for you to be able to hear directly from us about what we’re up to – and to provide a space for you to ask questions and voice ideas. As it is #GivingTuesday, we also invite you to help us #MoveAMillion trees with farming communities around the Kingdom.
While we’re at it, it’s still Black Friday – and Cyber Monday approaches. We encourage you to consider listing HAF as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile so that with each purchase you make, Amazon’s donation will benefit HAF’s work with Moroccan communities. Every bit counts!
Enhancing the Socioeconomic and Environmental Situation of the Women of Douar Lkdirat
By HAF Team Members Hajiba Boumasir and Sanae Benaadim
2 October 2021—Step by step, Douar Lakdirat in the Jnane Bouih commune of Youssoufia will be one of the Moroccan villages to benefit from High Atlas Foundation (HAF) services and open for the new world, enhancing the socioeconomic and environmental situation.
In June, members of the HAF team with leader of women’s empowerment training, Fatima Zahra Laaribi; Zineb Laadam; Sanae Benaadim; and Hajiba Boumassir facilitated an Imagine workshop with 23 village women. Four days with these women revealed a powerful and capable group of women who are making positive changes in their Douar.
Amina El Hajjami, another expert trainer from HAF, continued meeting with the women for another workshop with the objective of discovering what they would like most to do and to see if they are willing to create a cooperative. in this case, they want their children to have the opportunity and good fortune to live in better conditions than they do.
The question remains: how? To respond to this question, participants focus on their real needs and gain clarity that Douar Lakdirat has as human and natural resources that can be used to resolve their challenges.
This Policy Paper, “Using Decentralized Renewable Energies in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to Strengthen Resilience with Moroccan Rural Communities,” authored by Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Kerstin Opfer, and Ellen Hernandez, highlights and advocates eight main ideas:
1. Promoting Synergies for Climate, Biodiversity, and Human Development;
2. The WEF Nexus in Morocco;
3. Current Actions in Morocco;
4. Using the Nexus Approach for Community Energy Projects;
5. The Role of Women in Decentralizing RE;
6. Fostering Meaningful Community Participation and Engagement;
7. Increasing Cross-Sectoral Partnerships and Coordination; and
8. Developing an Integrated WEF Framework for Sustainable Development.
Hear from community members from Jnane Bouih in the Youssoufia province about their context and needs for development and quality of life enhancement. HAF, with Germanwatch and local partners, are implementing a pilot project for decentralized renewable energies in this community.