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CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION-MAKING WORKSHOP IN MOHAMED VI HIGH SCHOOL

By Karam Yane Azzabi HAF Project Manager As part of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) project activities, Imane and I – respectively the OES project manager and the OES coordinator in the High Atlas Foundation –  went to the Mohammed VI Technical High School in Marrakech on Friday 27th of

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

MOBILIZATION OF METAPHOR: MOROCCAN MEMORIES & IMPRESSIONS OF HAF

By Sheila HAF Friends Can faith but the size of a mustard seed move mountains? Can necessity garner supply? Can awareness prompt action? Can sharing forge success? Before the formation of HAF and upon my first arrival in Morocco, such questions rarely drew concern. There was a summer assignment to fulfil; I but one participant

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

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

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

SCALABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EXPANSION AND THE COMMUNITY

By Julia Difabrizio HAF Intern, UVA student What is scalability? At its core, scalability is expansion, and often unlimited expansion without the need to redefine any of the fundamental elements. Such a concept enters the field of development when discussions of projects, organizational capacity, and networks center around expansion. The number of communities that participate

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

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

MOVING TO THE MARKET: THE FUTURE OF SETTI FATMA

By Touda Bazaz HAF Volunteer On the 15th of June 2019, a group of volunteers and I left the High Atlas Foundation office in Marrakech at 09:00 am to Setti Fatma commune direction in order to participate in some of the activities that the foundation does. Along for the ride was a group of American

TASSA OUIRGANE: THE VILLAGE OF UNITY AND SATISFACTION. (TUE 11-06-2019)

By Amine Fattas HAF Volunteer The rendezvous point was the HAF office. I came early and got to meet the whole team. There were two groups: UVA Students who are in Morocco on a research program and with whom I shared a bus, and the Envoys, high schoolers who were on a school trip. As

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

ESSAOUIRA MAY STAND AS A GREAT EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD

Peter Wu, HAF Volunteer Essaouira may stand as a great example to the world for how religious diversity should prevail: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities have historically co-existed in Essaouira peacefully. While other regions of the world are endlessly fighting over religious matters, it is both interesting and delightful to observe how the Essaouira people