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...
Oct 8, 2014

Water is the source of life

Good day and we hope all is well from the team here at the High Atlas Foundation.

As many of you know, proper water resource management is essential to ensuring sustainable development. Water resource management can improve health and sanitation, provide opportunities to generate income, protect against and improve resilience to natural disasters, etc. Water is the source of life.

It is therefore that the High Atlas Foundation, in collaboration with the Global Diversity Foundation and RESING, are conducting a water management study in the Imegdal commune (Al Haouz province) and Ait M’hamed commune (Azilal province). This study will elaborate an action plan for water resource management, including the inputs of all stakeholders who manage water including the Provincial Direction of Agriculture, Commission of Water and Forests, the Hydraulic Basin Agency and the Equipment and Communal Directions. Field analysis is underway. HAF is looking forward to sharing the action plan once established.

Additionally, our Project Manager Abderrahim Ouarghidi recently participated in a water conference where techniques, guidance and experiences were shared. HAF will continue to ensure that proper water management is conducted for all agricultural infrastructures.

Here at the High Atlas Foundation we are very excited about the direction we plan to go with water projects. We are strongly prioritizing water management projects and looking forward to the life altering development we can provide to Moroccan communities with your support.

 

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Oct 2, 2014

End of Olive tree project report

Dear Friends, 

In an effort to streamline our use of the GlobalGiving platform, we are closing the Olive tree planting project. Efforts in the field will continue, however the project will no longer be an individual project on the GlobalGiving site. 

We will be continuing these efforts under the fruit tree and medicinal herb nurseries project. Please note that if you are providing a reoccuring contribution, you can transfer your donation and continue to support the High Atlas Foundation and the Moroccan communities. 

We would like to extend our most sincere appreciate for your continued support and we look forward to furthering our collaborations. 

May you have a wonderful day, 

Jacqueline 

Oct 1, 2014

Building sustainable nurseries

Participatory planning in Essaouira
Participatory planning in Essaouira

Dear Friend,

Good day and we hope all is well from the team here at the High Atlas Foundation.

Today, I'd like to share with you a specific update for the nursery development in the Essaouira Province.

The key to sustainability has been the participatory planning approach, which thanks to funding from the National Endowment for Democracy has replicated in Essaouira. This training will make your contributions to the organic fruit tree and medicinal herb nurseries all the more important as it will ensure that there are people capable of managing and developing the nurseries you help build.

The aims of this project are to train 5 local people to be trainers in participatory approaches; creation and management of cooperatives; organic agriculture; project implementation and evaluation and participatory data collection. These 5 people will then go into the field to engage local association and cooperative members, elected women and community leaders in these techniques and subjects with a view to supporting further human development in Essaouira Province. Specifically, we hope this project will underpin the functions of the Cooperative Amoud Mogador – the creation of which HAF has facilitated – and the organic tree and plant nursery HAF plans to create in partnership with the coop, ultimately creating greater linkages and dynamism in local civil society. With the networks and capacities built through this training program, we hope to identify local projects and partnerships for future funding through the income generated by the Amoud Mogador Cooperative and HAF’s social enterprise, HA3.

The pictures below are from the September 27-28 workshop where the trainees learned about the Communal Charter and how to proactively intervene in its creation in order to promote local human development. Their trainer was Mr Mustapha Neflous of the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (CNDH).

Here at the High Atlas Foundation we would like to thank you for your continuous support which is critical to building sustainable development. We look forward to providing you with further updates and hearing your ideas for sustainable development.

Kind regards,

Jacqueline 

The trainer - Mr Mustapha Neflous of CNDH
The trainer - Mr Mustapha Neflous of CNDH

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