Dec 22, 2011

Training Program at the HAF-University Center

2011 development training w/ university student
2011 development training w/ university student

In 2008, Hassan II University’s Faculty Law, Social Science and Economics partnered with HAF to create the Center for Community Consensus Building and Sustainable Development, which transfers skills in participatory community planning to students, faculty, civil society and government workers, and local people.  In 2011, HAF opened its field-based participatory training Center in the town of Tahanoute of the Al Haouz province; the Center provides technical and administrative support for HAF’s project locations in the region.   

The Foundation has conducted a series of experiential participatory training workshops in the Mohammedia area, successfully transferring skills with 30 university students and 15 communal assembly members.  Through its field base Center, HAF is currently conducting a village-based training with 65 representatives from the 43 villages of the Rural Commune of Toubkal, Province of Taroudant.

This proposed project will train 25 university students of Hassan II University and the contents of the proposed participatory development training curriculum include:

Role of the Facilitators & Characteristics of Effective Projects 

Steps in Project Planning 

Participatory Analysis and Priority Setting with the Community

The Project Design/ Part 1 – Vision, Assets, and Strategies

The Project Design/ Part 2 – Goals, Objectives, Signs of Success and Feasibility Test

Action Planning/ Identifying and Sequencing Tasks 

Action Planning/ Assigning Roles and Responsibilities

Action Planning/ Making the Time-line 

Monitoring and Evaluation Planning  

Resource Identification and Budgeting

Proposal Writing and Project Presentations

Funding Sources; Looking Inside and Outside the Community

Next Steps; Taking It Home to the Community

This program will lead to having groups of students work on specific projects that could be funded sometimes during this school year.  We hope that you will support it.

Dec 22, 2011

Implementing Sami's Tree Project Begins Jan. 2012

Tree planting site at Alkayrouane elementary
Tree planting site at Alkayrouane elementary

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is very excited that on 5 January 2012 the first fruit trees (fig and olive) of Sami's Memorial Project will be planted with the schoolchildren of Alkayrouane elementary in the town of Tahanoute (outside of Marrakech) in the Al Haouz province of Morocco.  The students will learn effective techniques for planting a tree and health related information through creative visuals.  We also anticipate that the Governor of province, Mr. Bouchaib Moutaouakil, will attend the project groundbreaking on the 5th.  HAF is also working with teachers of 4 other schools in the same province to plant fruit trees in their school environs, which is planned to be completed by mid-March.     

Dec 22, 2011

Ait Wafqa Community is Ready to Implement

This project is made possible through the High Atlas Foundation partnering with dedicated Peace Corps Volunteers Samantha Dinar and David Pesnichak, who live in and work with the community of Ait Wafqa, outside of Tafaraoute in southern Morocco.  Attached is the detailed proposal of the project, written by Samantha and Dave.   

This project will plant almost 1400 fruit trees including 250 endemic and endangered Argan trees, help stabilize the household water supply through the incorporation of an additional well (to a total of 2 wells for 800 people) to the Douar-wide water supply system and provide 42 cubic meters of additional waterstorage, increase both local biological and agricultural diversity, help control erosion, and provide revenue for both the local Development Association and the local women’s cooperative.

By focusing on basicin frastructure and education, this project will not only bring a necessary solar water pump and piping for irrigation and household water, but it will also provide trainings to men and women in the village on argantrees, solar energy and the use of drip irrigation in conserving water. Through the implementation of this basic infrastructure, this project will directly benefit the health and well being of the entire community in the form of a more secure household water supply that will help people adapt to seasonal and long-term climatic changes.

Further, this project, which is strongly supported by the Development Association, focuses on providing social and monetary benefits that will encourage ongoing literacy and other classes to the local women at the Neddi. Because the women of the Cooperative and Neddi understand that they will reap social, monetary and educational benefits from this project, they are hence vested in the success of this project and will play an integral role in both the trainings and implementation. In addition, as this project will aid in the long-term success of the Women’s Cooperative and Neddi it will, in effect, escalate the women’s self-confidence, independence and ability to govern and control their organizations and activities. In the end, rural women and children will not only benefit economically and socially but environmentally as well.

With the planting season from now until mid-March, now is the time to make this project happen, and we hope you will support it.

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