According to a February 2012 report by HAF Project and Training Manager Abderrahim Ouarghidi, participatory planning meetings have been held in 19 separate villages and attended by a total of 800 villagers. Over time, and after completing the multiple planning processes of mapping and discussing, it became clear that a small health center with a nurse is long overdue to serve this region of 10,000 inhabitants. Participants all felt that this would almost immediately improve the women’s health and that of their children by providing much-needed medical advice and follow-up care.
The discussion brought out a pronounced recognition of the need for clean drinking water (for health reasons) as well as irrigation systems that will ensure available water for the survival of their crops during drier periods.
In this region, the natural floodings and resulting erosion caused by spring thaw and heavy rains during winter months threaten the local terrain, while in drier periods, water levels often drop too low in reservoirs used for irrigation.
As often happens, in this case, an attempt to identify a solution to one problem revealed other, equally important problems that need solutions as well, so that in order to succeed, the final project needs to incorporate them all.
The High Atlas Foundation and its partners are now begining to implement a clean drinking water system in the Zaouit village (150 people) in the Taroudant province of Morocco. This project is being made possible by a grant of approximately $2,000 from Global Visions for the purchase of materials, and the people of Zaouit providing their labor in-kind. Please support expanding to other rural Moroccan communities this vital life-saving initiative.
We are happy to report that the High Atlas Foundation have successfully completed the implementation of the clean drinking water system with the village of Ouanfssiwen, in the Tifnoute Valley. Ouanfssiwen, is one of the villages that are in drastic need for clean drinking water. We have included photos of the project with this update and will follow-up soon with photos of the clean drinking water project in the other villages. Thank you for your support and we look forward to update you on our progress!
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