Project #6501

Clean Drinking Water for 1250 Villagers in Morocco

by High Atlas Foundation

Water is a precious commodity, but even more so is the need for potable clean safe drinkable water. What may appear to be so rudimentary and necessary to carry out daily routines are often not accessible to as high as 70% of Moroccans in most rural areas. The clean drinking water project by the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) aims to provide $37,500 to provide potable water for 5 villages of about 1,250 people in the Toubkal Region in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. By doing so, the benefits of providing potable water will reduce an already high infant mortality rate, and improve overall life spans. Additionally, by providing potable water, it creates a heightened efficiency that can funnel energy back into communities for development and participatory initiatives for young women and girls to be reintroduced into education and other proactive activities.

HAF has always been committed to a participatory approach with its communities in accordance with its belief in sustainable development. Within these communities, in addition to using local building techniques, knowledge, and resources, the project also focuses on community feedback sessions and meetings to promote awareness of health problems and the necessary steps to solve them for the key issues stated above, for example, sanitation and personal hygiene. It is HAF’s goal that villagers will have a better understanding of the causes of not only water-borne disease, but other health problems and how they can both be treated and prevented. What is also important is the development of young women and girls in terms of education and other activities. The availability of potable water will free valuable time for many girls to put their time into furthering education.

Lack of potable water hinders the quality of life for villagers, time, capital, and resources that can be spent more efficiently in other spheres such as long-term development and development potential. The need for the creation of sustainable potable water is the number one priority during needs assessments and these communities consider it an essential requirement for health, literacy, and proactive activities for their fellow neighbors. Contributions and support to this project would provide these individuals the opportunity to better future generations to come and ammeliorate a significant concern for the many families that call the mountains, home. 

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.

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.

In the Ait Taleb located in the Rhamna province, the High Atlas Foundation completed an assessment and developed a proposal to build clean drinking water systems located next to schools, which would benefit entire villages. In rural Morocco, it is commonplace that schools do not have access to clean drinking water and bathroom facilities. Installation of the drinking water systems ensures that children will participate in education with this most basic necessity while their villages and communities also benefit from this health initiative. 

The Rhamna region is semi-arid and the project involves digging wells, building water basins and towers, and installing pipes, as well as experiential training, in order for the initiative to be maintained by the local people.

In total, 18 schools will gain access to clean drinking water, with a total school population of 1,505. The total population of the village communities that will benefit is 4,728. Furthermore, health and hygiene education workshops will be conducted with the school children which will also incorporate a gendered perspective because the installation of clean drinking water increases girl’s participation in education (according to the world bank, 2013). Finally, the provision of water will also enable the planting botanical gardens at these schools, which will increase student awareness of the environmental and economic importance of organic cultivation of medicinal plants and fruit trees. 

Valley in Toubkal Municipality
Valley in Toubkal Municipality

Greetings to all from the High Atlas Foundation team! 

We hope that all is well! 

Everywhere in Morocco, especially in target areas, many schools lack the necessities of running water, toilets, and sometimes both. The lack of adequate drinking water supply and toilets in rural schools exposes children to gastrointestinal and waterborne diseases with a direct negative impact on learning and long-term development.

The High Atlas Foundation is currently implementing a clean drinking water project with the approximately 200 people of the Ibrouane village, located in the Toubkal municipality of the Taroudant province.  After completing the municipal development plan involving community planning meetings on priority projects with all the 44 villages of the region (conducted in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy), it was identified by the local people that Ibrouan's extremely poor drinking water quality is a most pressing initiative to be implemented.  The distance they have to travel for unclean and unsafe water, and the terrible impact that it has on the health and education of the community's youth and adults, has prompted HAF and its supporters to respond.  

The project materials are at the moment being purchased, and the community is paying for the transport of the materials to their village and is providing their labor in-kind.  The Toubkal municipality is also the pilot site for organic agriculture, and our and the people's hope is that soon the increased revenue from the global sale of their certified organic almonds and walnuts will finance the human development projects most important to them, including clean water, building schools, and experiential training that benefit women and youth.

The High Atlas Foundation would like to thank all of its supporters; we could not achieve our goals without you! 


~The High Atlas Foundation Team~

A future look at access to water in Toubkal!
A future look at access to water in Toubkal!



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High Atlas Foundation

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Yossef Ben-Meir
President of the High Atlas Foundation
NYC, NY (US) and Marrakech, Al Haouz (Maroc), Morocco
$13,340 raised of $37,500 goal
146 donations
$24,160 to go
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