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...
Jan 6, 2015

Ourika Associations organize a conversation around clean drinking water in Azaghar

The Federation of Civil Society Associations of Ourika includes seven associations.  We at HAF appreciate their dedication and so we would like to mention them individually: 

• Afoulki Association for Development

• Association Noor for Development

• Association Asrou for Development

• Association Fam Lhari

• Association Koji for Solidarity and Development

• Tifawin Association for Development

• Oulad yahya Association

They organized a day around the conservation of clean drinking water in Azaghar Milk Coop in the Ourika commune of the Al Haouz province. 

Two of HAF’s team members, Fatima-Zahra Laaribi and Fatima Baamrani, attended the meeting to learn about the project and to share information about HAF’s projects around Morocco. 

Fatima-Zahra shares her reflection of the day: After been introduced, I provided a general view about HAF’s mission, achievements and activities in nine provinces of Morocco. Fatima Baamrani talked about the Toubkal project in details and organic certification, which was secured for 300 hectares of walnuts and almonds – a first for the mountain region that produces 35% of Morocco walnuts. In relation to water projects we mentioned, that HAF built 18 drinking water systems in rural villages because water has always been a top priority and life-sustaining, and is essential to the survival of all other organisms.

After that, Mr. Moubark Alioui the president of an IT association called “The Users of Free Computer sciences Techniques Association” to share their presentation about the IT project to manage the sector of water as well as the administrative management of the associations. The objective behind this presentation is to raise awareness and to build the capacities for the management of water within each association.

The presentation was followed by exchanges of views as well as a delivery of statements. Thus most of the associations discussed problems and challenges that they faced in this sector.

At the end, most of the associations asked for significant training in this sector and gave positive feedback. 

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Jan 6, 2015

Fruit tree agriculture 2014 year-end achievements

Organic walnuts being processed for export
Organic walnuts being processed for export

Friends,

From the High Atlas Foundation Team, we wish a Happy New Year and best wishes for health and all good things.

Morocco’s model for human development creates enormous possibility for our participatory approach and organic agricultural value-chain, and for the entire region.

The High Atlas Foundation most humbly invites you to one or more symbolic tree planting ceremonies proposed for this planting season starting in January. Agriculturally, we assist communities currently in eight provinces of Morocco as they plant nurseries, secure organic certification, build cooperatives, benefit from training and create partnerships enabling processing and delivery of product to the global market.

We are engaged in all aspects of the value-chain – and we can report that it works with great results. Starting from next month, we are scheduled to export to the United States 14 tons of organic certified walnuts from the High Atlas Mountains. In January 2014, HAF planted its one millionth seed in Morocco. With our full value chain in place, we may - Insha’Allah - achieve much greater scale.

In 2015, HAF and communities propose that together we plant a total of four million seeds and saplings of 12 types of fruit trees and more than 20 aromatic plant varieties - all of which may receive internationally recognized organic certification.

This can be achieved at a total cost of $2.5 million, with a resulting direct impact on 200,000 rural inhabitants and an indirect one benefiting a further 40,000. We hope with all our heart that we may receive your support to plant this season. Every dollar enabled HAF to plant its first million trees.

We thank you and wish you a wonderful day!

Sincerely, 

Jacqueline

Workers shelling HAF-HA3 organic walnuts
Workers shelling HAF-HA3 organic walnuts

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Dec 30, 2014

Organic Nursery End of 2014 Update

From all of us at the High Atlas Foundation, we extend best wishes for health and all good things. HAF has experienced great success in 2014, and we wish nothing but the same for you in 2015. 

Morocco’s model for human development creates enormous possibility for our participatory approach and organic agricultural value-chain, and for the entire region. 

This past quarter, HAF has entered into partnerships with the High Commission of Waters and Forests, municipalities, schools, universities, associations (including the Jewish community of Morocco), cooperatives and families - all have lent land for at least five years to establish community tree nurseries. 

Starting from next month, we are scheduled to export to the United States 14 tons of organic certified walnuts from the High Atlas Mountains. In January 2014, HAF planted its one millionth seed in Morocco. With our full value chain is in place, we may - Insha’Allah - achieve much greater scale.

In 2015, HAF and communities propose that together we plant a total of four million seeds and saplings of 12 types of fruit trees and more than 20 aromatic plant varieties - all of which may receive internationally recognized organic certification. This can be achieved at a total cost of $2.5 million, with a resulting direct impact on 200,000 rural inhabitants and an indirect one benefiting a further 40,000. 

We hope with all our heart that we may receive your support to plant this season. Every dollar enabled HAF to plant its first million trees. For additional updates from HAF please see here

Sincerely, 

Jacqueline

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