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...
Apr 20, 2016

2016: A Planting Season to Remember

We are now at the conclusion of the 2016 planting season and we are thrilled to report that during the last 12 weeks the High Atlas Foundation and community and civil partners planted approximately 900,000 seeds. To put this amount into perspective, it took us eleven years -from 2003-2014 - to plant our first million seeds and saplings and we have nearly planted that same amount in as many weeks. Furthermore, to get a sense of the scope of this number of trees, there are 26,000 trees, for example, in New York city’s Central Park. In total, the seeds and saplings were planted in 12 community managed nurseries in 5 different provinces and the contribution of land was provided by local cooperatives, the High Commission of Waters and Forests, the Jewish Community of Morocco, municipalities, schools, and private individuals.

 This now makes seven years in a row where HAF and its partners planted a greater number of trees than during the year prior. However, this year represents the largest increase from the previous year - we planted three times more than during the 2015 season. We also planted with a larger number of schools than we ever have in the past. This includes 113 schools in 10 provinces of Morocco. In addition to fruit trees, medicinal aromatic plants were planted by the women’s cooperative of Ourika Valley, which is a major opportunity for them since those flowers are in demand by our partner YSL Beaute.

Even as we feel grateful for these accomplishments, there are as many nurseries for which we have partnership agreements but not the funding for them to be realized. These potential nurseries include with at-risk youth who have been detained for minor crimes, on lands contributed by schools in order for those nurseries to serve their communities and province, and in an area so that we may cultivate varieties of figs that are indigenous and threatened.

In conclusion, we sincerely look forward to the 2017 planting season for which we are now preparing and we hope that it will include opportunities to help corporations achieve carbon balance, to expand to new areas, to serve people with significant needs, to benefit women and youth who are so eager to achieve their dreams if given the resources to catalyze the process, and to areas long neglected or marginalized that would most welcome participatory planning and organic agriculture so that they may achieve the future they want.

Mar 18, 2016

Supplying Water to Rural Moroccan Farmer's Trees

The High Atlas Foundation is currently implementing a tree nursery including the installation of a drip irrigation system with members of the Abgohlo women’s cooperative in the Ourika valley. The nursery includes 6,000 square meters upon which approximately 80,000 almond seeds are being planted.

In addition, we are expanding the nursery in the Asni municipality which also includes the installation of pressure drip pipes and system. This nursery involves the planting of walnuts and almonds and is on land lent by the High Commission of Waters and Forests.

Finally, we are working with 14 villages of the Toubkal municipality in order that they come to an agreement involving the distribution of water that will be made available by the Ouray irrigation project. This project will see the diversion of a mountain spring along the summit of a mountain range. This therefore will enable the irrigation of the mountainside and will expand agricultural production..

Mar 18, 2016

Water is the Driving Force of All Nature

The High Atlas Foundation is glad to report that in the Moroccan municipality called  Ait Oum El Bekht, we completed the installation including a well and water tower of a clean drinking water system. Currently, eight household benefit from this initiative, which was supported by the Organization of the Moroccan Community in the United States. 

We are currently working to secure the needed financing for piping in order to enable the delivery of clean drinking water to an additional seventy households. In order for the needed quantity of water to be pumped to the water tower, the project also requires an engine with larger capacity. We are working together with the local municipality as well as local associations in order to secure public financing in order to achieve this project. Currently, they have committed $2,000 toward expanding the project in order to reach the goal of seventy households.

The High Atlas Foundation has also conducted community meetings in the province of Al Haouz where local people ranked clean drinking water as their top priority. This process is very important  because by involving local beneficiaries in the entire planning process of development initiatives their commitment to their implementation, including their contributions, become solidified. We are working with them towards developing budgets and they have already committed to provide their labor in kind toward project implementation.

 
   

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