High Atlas Foundation

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a Moroccan association and a U.S. 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers, and is dedicated to participatory grassroots human development in disadvantaged areas in Morocco, mostly rural. HAF received United Nations Special Consultative Status in 2011. HAF's team is comprised mostly of Moroccans with some international members. Using a participatory approach, HAF works to establish development projects in Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF is committed to facilitating, and training facilitators in, the participatory approac...
Aug 28, 2015

Successful Summer for Sami's Project!

HAF with partnership with Kaihina Giving Beauty builds two bathrooms in a rural elementary school location Switer. 

 

There are over 100 rural school in the Al Haouz province that are without bathrooms and clean drinking water, and we have developed a project proposal to meet this major need. Not only does this create discomfort and illness amongst children, but also tragically, sequesters girls participation in education. We are dedicated to building the infrastructure of schools in order to maximize the attendance of all children and create accessibility so that teachers can spend all of their workday at their schools rather than spend a major portion of their time traveling to their work locations or being rained or snowed out completely. 

 

Adapting national curriculum to the specifics of Morocco’s diverse regions is an essential part of gaining understanding and building knowledge. Even as we do this, we must also dedicate ourselves to building the schools to begin with and the necessary amenities so that our children learn, share, and grow in the healthiest and safest place possible. Community-wide meetings where local people identify the projects important to them always include school infrastructure as a top priority.

 

On behalf of them, and our partners we kindly ask that you support this community mission which is about justice and prosperity. We can immediately build bathrooms and clean drinking water systems in the provinces of Azilal, Al Haouz, Essaouira, Rhamna, Boujdour, Ifrane, Taza, Oujda, Taroudant, and Chichaoua. Sami’s Project is inclusive of all these components including curriculum and infrastructure building to enhance the lives of Moroccan youth.  
Jul 1, 2015

Calling for Irrigation and Certification in Adare

Taroudant Region (see image citation in report)
Taroudant Region (see image citation in report)

Greetings to all,

As many who are familiar with the High Atlas Foundation and its projects may know, HAF facilitates numerous agricultural projects within rural Moroccan communities. A key factor in the equation of these agricultural projects is water.

Currently in the Adare municipality of the Taroudant province, the trees covering the hilly landscape, all of which are almond, have not yet been organically certified, nor are they using water-efficient irrigation systems. HAF is working with the Adare village communities to change this by facilitating the planting an almond tree nursery--using the pressure drip irrigation system--upon land lent by their municipality throughout a 5 year period.  We are also working with local people to secure organic certification of their almond trees, which will approximately double the value of the product as compared with global organic prices. Averaging a yield of 100 tons of almonds per year, increasing the supply (via the nursery), the price, and water efficiency, will trigger agricultural transformations that will benefit approximately 1,000 farming families.

Once production gets underway, the Adare community will team up with HAF’s subsidiary social enterprise, HA3. Inaugurated in 2014, HA3 strives to build a green economy for rural Moroccan families through the marketing and sale of organic certified walnuts and almonds, such as those in Adare, grown in the Atlas Mountains.

Greater household income, along with new financing for human development projects--generated by HA3--will enable the people of Adare to reverse oppressive trends, especially the persistent non-attendance of girls in the municipality at a school level beyond the primary level. The people of Adare are dedicated to social change; this project builds upon their existing incredible opportunity, regarding their almond products, to achieve broad and sustainable social development in and around their community.

Adare has the spirit, the work-force, and the dedication: now they need the funds to kick-start this green and prosperous initiative. The HAF team knows that with the continued generous and numerous support from near and far, this goal can be achieved! The not-so-distant smell of freshly produced organic almonds is in the air- let’s get “cracking!”

Warmly,

The High Atlas Foundation Team

 

 

(Photo Citation:) 

Audley. Berber Village near Taroudant, Morocco. Digital image. Audley. Audley Travel, n.d. Web. 1 July 2015.

Moroccan Pavilion. Tafraout Almonds. Digital image. Moroccan Pavilion. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 July 2015.

Viault. Taroudant Maroc. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons, 26 Apr. 2010. Web. 1 July 2015.

Village in Taroudant(see image citation in report)
Village in Taroudant(see image citation in report)
Adare
Adare's Future Crop! (see image citation in report

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Jun 30, 2015

UNDP Pays a Special Visit to HAF Communities

UNDP GEF SGP & HAF Team Group Shot
UNDP GEF SGP & HAF Team Group Shot

Salaam Alaikum (Peace be with you) to all,

On June 11th the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) Director of Agricultural Programs, Larbi Didouqen, Director of Development, Jacqueline Seeley, and the General Manager for HAF’s HA3 initiative, Ignacio Trincado Ruiz, joined high profile members of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (UNDP GEF SGP) from all over the world for a tour of HAF’s value chain process from Tadmamt to Ijoukak.

Nestled within the High Atlas Mountains, the Tadmamt locality lies within Marrakech’s Tensift-Al Haouz region. In 2015 HAF facilitated the planting of 320,000 seeds and saplings in 8 nurseries and 85 schools within the Tamamt communities. Recently HAF earned the revered visit of the UNDP GEF SGP through these record-breaking success rates during the 2015 planting season, in combination with commitments to sustainability and participatory practices advocated by the UNDP GEF SGP. HAF’s partnership with the UNDP GEF SGP began in 2013, when the program honored HAF with a SEED (Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship) award.

Facilitated by Morocco’s UNDP GEF SGP representative Ms. Badia Sahmy, the tour began with HAF’s environmentally-mindful missions in Tamamt and Asni. Projects in these regions maintain goals such as preventing forest degradation while encouraging forest preservation through the native and environmentally conscious and profitable walnut and almond plants. The HAF team and the UNDP GEF SGP members then traveled to Ijoukak to behold HAF’s initiatives with various cooperatives, such as medicinal plant and women's cooperatives, all of which maintain a careful regard for the environment and natural resources.

The UNDP GEF SGP prides itself on its mission of “thinking globally acting locally.” The program concludes that environmental and community well-being improvement projects are mutually beneficial and that maximum prosperity emerges through effective collaboration between the two.  

Our organization is honored to achieve such recognition for its work, and is grateful for the tremendous and continuous help and encouragement from its supporters, both local and global alike. HAF would therefore like to extend a great thank you to all those who have followed us, believed in us, and supported us along the way. Let’s keep up the good work!

Warmest wishes,

The High Atlas Foundation Team

HAF
HAF's Si Larbi Didouqen Explains Tadmamt Project
UNDP GEF SGP Members Plant Tree in Tadmamt Nursery
UNDP GEF SGP Members Plant Tree in Tadmamt Nursery

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