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 app...
Improve Rural Moroccan Schools: Sami's Project
 
Sami's Project will plant 5,000 fruit and nut trees with young children in 96 participating Moroccan schools and villages. HAF's staff along with local teachers and community leaders will discuss with students the social and environmental benefits of tree planting, raising awareness of their value. By providing environmental skills and knowledge to rural school children, they are empowered to protect their local environment and improve their livelihoods. project reportread updates from the field
Clean Drinking Water for 1250 Villagers in Morocco
 
This project seeks to provide potable water for 5 villages in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. Approximately 60% of rural Moroccans lack piped potable water. Unhealthy drinking water causes frighteningly high infant mortality (many families lose half their children to water-borne diseases), shorter life spans and reduced energy for livelihoods. Further, time spent to procure non-potable water adds to the already substantial burden of women and girls and prevents their participation in education. project reportread updates from the field
Multicultural Cooperation for Fruit Tree Planting
 
For 5 years, the Jewish Community of Marrakech will offer the use of arable land for HAF to build a nursery on which to raise 80-120,000 fruit tree saplings and train village representatives in arboriculture. In the 2nd and 5th years, the trees will be donated to each household of the surrounding disadvantaged villages and by 6-8 years later, the fruit yields will at least double the income of those rural communities, economically and environmentally benefiting 10,000 people. project reportread updates from the field
Irrigation Systems for Fruit Tree Agriculture
 
In the High Atlas Tifnoute Valley, a 7-km irrigation system will profoundly improve the lives of 3,500 people (14 villages) whose homes and crops are frequently destroyed by landslides. The system will run along a mountain summit and irrigate 20 hectares of 10,000 walnut and cherry trees and stabilize the mountainside. A reservoir will be built above each village to provide clean drinking water. The water source is a spring located 3,500 meters above the first in the line of benefiting villages. project reportread updates from the field
Organic Fruit Tree and Medicinal Herb Nurseries
 
In response to the demand of rural Moroccan communities for fruit trees and their need to transition from subsistence to modern agriculture, this project will plant 250,000 walnut and almond tree seeds and 70,000 medicinal plants in 4 tree nurseries in the High Atlas Mountains. Villagers especially request these particular trees because they do not require pesticides, have a high market value, and local people already possess vital skills for maintaining the trees and marketing their fruit. project reportread updates from the field
Field Train Students, CSOs & Officials in Morocco
 
This project provides experiential participatory facilitation training for students of Morocco's public Hassan II University located in Mohammedia, elected officials & association members. Participants are trained in facilitating participatory planning with 8 communities in need (4 urban and 4 rural) and assisting in implementing 8 priority development projects that are identified by community members during the training. Participants will manifest democratic planning of development project reportread updates from the field
Tree nursery to benefit 10,000 Rural Moroccans
 
This tree nursery provides 60 remote rural Moroccan villages with 100,000 fruit tree saplings and the technical training necessary to advance economic development and nature conservation. project reportread updates from the field
The Bernard Mejean Fund for Girls' Education
 
The Bernard Mejean Scholarship Fund for Girls' Education was created in memory of Bernard Mejean, who was born and raised in Morocco and studied in the United States. Bernard recently lost a long struggle against illness, but is remembered by his generosity and his many contributions to his community. Bernard's brother, Bruno, began a fund for under privileged female youth in Morocco. This fund provides the resources needed to achieve young women's dream of pursing higher education. project reportread updates from the field
Olive tree planting with 200 Moroccan families
 
Women are 80% of the population in the semi-arid Commune of Ait Wafqa, outside Tafraoute in southern Morocco. They manage their family farms and most of the associations in the area, since men left to seek employment in urban areas and abroad. This project will plant 10,000 olive trees and install pressure/drip systems to irrigate them. Currently faced with significant land degradation and poverty, the rural women and children will benefit both economically and environmentally from this project. project reportread updates from the field
Support Girls and Women's Co-Ops in Morocco
 
This project supports the establishment of a cooperative whose worker-members are 60 women from the rural village Tassa Ouirgane in the Al Haouz Province. The Cooperative trains women in literacy and business education to promote their socioeconomic advancement. Women learn embroidery and sewing skills in order to produce value-added products that can be sold to sustain the Cooperative and generate income for the individual members and their families. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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