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...
Dec 22, 2015

Prioritizing clean water for the New Year!

The High Atlas Foundation, partnering with the organization of the Moroccan Community in the United States, in the municipality of Ait Oum el Bekht in the region of Beni Mellal, in order to build a clean water system that will ultimately service 700 homes. The immediate goal is that the already constructed water tower will meet the clean drinking water needs of 40 households. In order to achieve this, the High Atlas Foundation is dedicated to raising support in order to purchase the water pipes that will enable water delivery. 

The municipality and local association have partnered to dig the trenches in which the water pipes will be laid and buried. Our focus now is to require the pipes in order to complete this important project. We thank you, our friends and supporters for all the generous giving that you have done this year and previous years and that you, your families, and your friends have a successful and happy new year and every year to come. 

Here and here are two links to photo albums where the community beneficiaries of this water project identified this initiative as most important to them.

Dec 9, 2015

Exciting new strides this season!

Since the September 5, 2015 elections, the Legal Aid Program (LAP) in both Mohammedia and Boujdour has lots of good news to report! In said elections, voter turnout was 54%, up from 45% in the last election in 2011. Furthermore, 90% of communal representatives elected in the September elections are Civil Society Organizers in Mohammedia and Boujdour. In fact, 95% of the elected communal representatives in the Mohammedia commune of Ain Harrouda had participated in LAP meetings. As for Boujdour, a Moroccan Sahara community where High Atlas Foundation has recently started a LAP, these electoral successes give a lot of hope to CSOs invested in addressing topics such as security and rural poverty. The commitment of these communities to leading the way for human development and good governance in Morocco is evidenced by these elections and demonstrates a greater trust in their own government and place in democracy.

Aside from the elected positions that the LAP is making possible, CSOs and university students from Mohammedia are doing incredible work all around Morocco, working with various government branches to put into practice issues brought up in frequent roundtables and meetings. The 13 CSO-government partnerships that have been formed since July include an agreement with the Ministry of National Education for the integration of 45 children with Downs Syndrome into the school system, and partnering with the Delegation for Youth and Sport in order to train youth volunteers to run future summer camps for area children. Additionally, seeing the success of the Mohammedia and Boujdour programs, HAF has signed an agreement with Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fes to open its second Community Center at the university, which will serve over 200 university students, as well as 50 CSOs in surrounding villages. Moving forward, in Fes and beyond, HAF looks forward to facilitating dialogue and action with students and CSOs looking to address pressing local issues in human development.

Dec 1, 2015

New Partnerships Bringing New Possibilities!

The HAF is concluding two new partnership agreements in the Rahmna province. These partnership agreements include planting botanical gardens and tree nurseries to benefit the school children and the surrounding rural communities. The partnerships also include environmental awareness workshops that are interactive, fun, and informative.

The first partnership agreement is with the school of Bouchane and there a nursery of olive and pomegranate trees will be planted in an area of 2,500 square meters. Over a five year period, this will generate approximately 100,000 trees which will be distributed to 40 villages in the area and will benefit approximately 8,000 people. With your kind and thoughtful support, we can implement this project starting January 2016. 

The second partnership agreement is with an elementary school in Ait Taleb. Here, school children and families will plant a botanical garden of local wild medicinal plants which, if cultivated, have market value while at the same time, they promote bodily health and environmental strength. The HAF looks forward to sharing knowledge about these plans and how they can be an important part of improving rural incomes and sustainably addressing rural poverty. We hope very much that you join this partnership to benefit rural Moroccan families who will happily give their time and energy to implement these projects if the seeds and tools are provided. 

 
   

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