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...
Jul 18, 2013

Infant Mortality and Clean Water

Water in Taroudant
Water in Taroudant

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a Moroccan-US organisation dedicated to participatory development approaches that build partnerships for projects determined by the participating communities themselves. The HAF philosophy is to create an inclusive process that emphasizes the participation of disadvantaged groups and uses methods of community planning towards the realization of development projects. Access to clean water is one of the most serious problems affecting rural communities in Morocco.

There is a rate of 19 per cent of infant mortality in the region where we are implementing this project, four times the national average, and it is directly related to drinking water. We continue to work with the people of rural villages in Taroudant Province – not only to construct infrastructure to provide clean drinking water, but also to help them pursue other dreams and priorities. We are also working in this area on women’s cooperatives, agricultural terracing and irrigation and fruit tree orchards. In addition, we work in other areas of Morocco to transfer this experience to other rural and disadvantaged communities.

The absolute essence of HAF’s work is that communities decide what is in their best interests. In making this decision, HAF facilitates the inclusion of those who might ordinarily be excluded or marginalised and seeks to support the sustainable development of the communities’ rich human resources, in particular women and young people. In training community members to work in participative approaches, the training itself encourages the formulation of ideas, priorities and development projects – as well as ensuring a corps of local leaders trained in techniques necessary for their implementation. In this way, the learning is experiential and participants learn by doing. Although the backbone of the HAF approach has always been participatory development, the Foundation has come a long way from its roots in the High Atlas Mountains and its first tree-planting projects. Wit projects like this one and those which flow from this experience,we are now helping the communities help themselves in eight of Morocco’s 62 Provinces and Prefectures. It is thanks to our many supporters, friends and donors like you that we are able to carry out this important work. Thank you and thanks to GlobalGiving for your commitment to HAF and to the people of Morocco.

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Jul 12, 2013

Celebrating women

Lalla Kbira
Lalla Kbira

HAF celebrated Mother’s Day this year by highlighting the story of Lalla Kbira, President of the women’s cooperative. She says: I am a mother of 7 children; 5 boys and 2 girls. My two daughters are married as well as three of my sons. I am a midwife and a cook, two professions that I love. I have given necessary care, support and advice to pregnant women for more than 30 years. More than 100 children were born through the care I provide and now all of these children in the village call me grandma. Thanks to God, I have never had a serious situation or a problem as a midwife. My dream is to continue to provide care for pregnant women and their infants. I feel so happy to do this because I get rewarded by Allah.  As president of the women's cooperative, I would love our cooperative to be a successful one and I aspire to make it so, and to make our business strong so that we can provide for all of our community. More than that, life is beautiful but hard, however we should be harder to keep it beautiful. For this, I want men and women of my community to contribute in making our village a prosperous, safe, and peaceful place."

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, on 5 May, HAF was able to deliver sewing and embroidery equipment and material to the women’s coop in Tassa Ouirgane. The women were so pleased to receive this delivery. They immediately divided the groups into a girls group and a women’s group to prepare to get the equipment ready for production.

The women have also received a special visitor. On 15 May, US Consul General Brian Shukan visited the coop site in the village of Tassa Ouirgane. Mr. Shukan saw the women knitting items for the home and purchased some of their goods. He and his team offered very helpful advice and ideas on product marketing. 

Thank you to the donors who enable us to help remarkable women such as Kbira by offering them new hope and opportunities.

the sewing machine arrived!
the sewing machine arrived!
US Consul General visits the coop
US Consul General visits the coop

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Jul 9, 2013

Irrigated fruit orchards help overcome poverty

Preparing the new well
Preparing the new well

In rural Morocco, the combination of population growth and the low market-value of traditional staple crops (corn and barley), from which most rural households derive their income, has made subsistence agriculture unsustainable.

Thanks to the generous support of Global Giving donors, HAF has been able to extend its work to 8 Provinces of Morocco. For example, since July of 2012, the High Atlas Foundation has partnered with the Trustees of the Sacred Site of Rabbi Raphael Ha Cohen, Region of Akraich, Province of Al Haouz and the Moroccan Jewish Community to improve the lives of over 10,000 people in twelve rural villages in Akraich region by planting and transferring skills to local community members to maintain 80,000 fruit trees.

The initial phases of the project involved building agricultural terraces, including delivering earth and natural fertilizer to the nursery, installing an irrigation system, and developing competencies among community members to maintain the nursery site and irrigation system, as well as general project management. Members of the participating village communities maintain the nursery while developing technical skills necessary to raise and cultivate healthy fruit trees. Once the seeds and saplings mature into young trees after two years, they will be distributed to each household at no cost and planted in their private orchards. After four to six years from when they are transplanted to household orchards, the trees begin to bear fruit, which can then be sold in domestic fruit markets.

In April 2013, HAF was pleased to report that we had planted with our partners 40,000 fruit saplings in a nursery in the region. Over four to six years, these trees will provide fruits that can be sold at market prices. The second milestone we celebrated was the completion of the well that will provide clean water to the nursery, and to the surrounding villages.

Thanks to the generous support of the friends of HAF, Global Giving donors and the Jewish Community of Marrakech, this project will have positive implications for development for years to come.

all systems go!
all systems go!

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