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.
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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In Morocco, seventy percent of rural communities lack accessibility to clean drinking water. This shortage is a huge burden on communities—particularly on women and girls who often are the ones fetching water—contributing to high infant mortality rates, shortening their lifespan, and stunting potential community development. Communities lack the institutional and organizational capacities to collaborate with government agencies or NGO’s to address this problem. HAF, through providing the necessary infrastructure, partners with these communities to bring sustainable change. Beyond providing clean drinking water sources, communities need to be educated on water sanitation as means to ensure these new water sources stay uncontaminated .Through training community members in water sanitation management and conducting community workshops related to personal hygiene, HAF promotes durable development.
This water sanitation project, which targets the relatively isolated Toubkal province in the High Atlas Mountains, has made notable progress. In the past five months we have installed two potable water basins brining clean water to new communities. Additionally we have been able to install new water irrigation systems, which are equally important to sustaining a major part of communities’ livelihood—fruit trees or medicinal plants. These irrigation systems promote community development through improving individual households’ incomes. Thanks to your generous support we have been able to make noticeable headway in providing communities with vital infrastructural support.
The High Atlas Foundation has partnered with communities in the Tifnoute Valley and in the Ouirgane Commune to design community development projects based upon the needs identified by community members. HAF relies upon a participatory development approach to human development, in which trainers empower the community to identify, develop and management projects to increase household incomes.
In time for World Water Day on March 22nd, the communities of the Tifnoute Valley and in the Ouirgane Commune have designed new land and water management systems, which will provide clean drinking water, create land terraces to expand viable land for planting, and spread knowledge about climate change challenges and share best practices for environmental conservation. These trainings will be underscored with capacity building and other tools that allow communities to respond to socioeconomic challenges.
These projects make way for the planting of new tree nurseries to increase household incomes. Your support helps HAF to deliver training and increase capacities of Morocco’s most remote villages. Thank you for delivering skills and trainings to the families of the Tifnoute Valley and in the Ouirgane Commune.
HAF is now preparing to expand this clean drinking water project to rural schools. Many school children do not have access to clean drinking water throughout the school day which decreases attendance. In this new year, HAF hopes to provide clean drinking water to 10 schools in Rhamna and Youssoufia Provinces which will give thousands of children access to safe water throughout the school day.
Morocco has one of the lowest rural water supplies in North Africa, with approximately 40 percent of its rural inhabitants lacking access to clean drinking water. Thank you for your contribution to this cause. Without support from our GlobalGiving donors and local community partners, many families would still be relying on unsafe drinking water sources, putting their health at risk.
Stay tuned on GlobalGiving and on our website www.highatlasfoundation.org to learn about this upcoming project. While we continue to work with the 1250 Villages in the Tifnoute Valley, we are excited to begin expanding this clean water initative throughout rural Morocco.
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