FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22.1.2018
High Atlas Foundations celebrates Cross-Country Planting Day,
Tree planting event totaling 9,000 trees
Marrakech, Morocco: The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) continued its legacy this past Monday, January 15th , through a mass planting of pomegranate, almond, fig, walnut, and carob trees across Morocco. HAF is a Moroccan and United States nonprofit organization dedicated to combating poverty and promoting sustainable agricultural development through targeted empowerment focused campaigns.
Over 9,000 trees were planted with students, women’s cooperatives, and farmers across Morocco in sixteen provinces. Students. HAF planted pomegranate, almond, olive, carob, and argan trees at multiple schools in Tahanoute and Ourika in Al Haouz, Essouira, and Youssoufia Provinces. At the Abdelaziz Ben Dris school in Ourika, volunteers, students, staff, and local farmers from the Aboghlou Women’s Cooperative planted saplings grown from the cooperative’s nursery. At Izouraine, a women’s cooperative in Essouira, HAF staff members planted 2,000 argan trees that will bear the fruit the co-op will use to make argan oil.
On behalf of the High Atlas Foundation: “January 15th is a wonderful example of the hard work we put in all year to strengthen and bring economic independence to communities around Morocco. Our staff is passionate about getting out to the field and doing hands on work in order to see the tangible benefits tree planting can provide.”
Since the year 2000, HAF has been able to promote economic growth and sustainability with thousands of families in Morocco through community lead agricultural development. Campaigns prioritizing participatory models when working with women and youth center around the needs and vision of each community.
The High Atlas Foundation is exceedingly grateful to all our current partners in Morocco: Ecosia; Middle East Partnership Initiative; Farmer-to-Farmer with Land O’ Lakes; Siemens Wind Solar; United Nations Development Program; High Commission of Waters and Forests and the Fight Against Desertification; the ministries of Youth and Sports, Agriculture, and Education; Yves Saint Laurent Beauté; Project PUR; Al Akhawayn University; University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah; National Endowment for Democracy; the cooperatives of Aboghlou, Adrar, and Imdoukal Znaga; Moroccan Jewish Community; Empowerment Institute; FRÉ; Kahina Giving Beauty; and the provincial authorities.
HAF, founded by former Peace Corps Volunteers, continues work in other areas of youth development, women’s empowerment, multicultural development actions, and carbon offsetting throughout Morocco. Find more information about the High Atlas Foundation at www.highatlasfoundation.org or follow them on Twitter @HafFdtn.