During what has been a very exciting summer for the High Atlas Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has endorsed the High Atlas Foundation as we presses on into the fall through the “House of Life” project. The term “House of Life,” denotes a traditional name for a Jewish cemetery. The Governor of the Al Haouz Province, Younès Al Bathaoui, to employed the phrase in respect of the project, led by the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) in the Kingdom of Morocco and endorsed by the Clinton Global Initiative in three provinces: Azilal, Ourzazate, and Essaouira.
The “House of Life” project works to allow low income farming families access to a new source of income and an alternative to subsistence farming by starting nurseries on land donated by Moroccan Jewish communities. Not only does this cultivate economic opportunity for those involved, it also promotes a cultural exchange between religious communities. The uniqueness of the scheme lies in its intercultural aspect. The “House of Life” project facilitates the free loan of land adjoining Jewish burial sites, in order to establish organic tree and medicinal nurseries for the benefit of neighboring Muslim farming communities.
Aided by the creation of HA3 (the High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal social enterprise), a complete process from farm to table is envisaged, thus addressing existing gaps in the organic agricultural entrepreneurial system. Organic certification, fair trade prices and wider markets – national and international - are secured for local farmers, whose communities go on to benefit from reinvestment in further projects. This endorsement with CGI poses a wonderful opportunity to continue and develop HAF’s work in Morocco. We look forward to continuing into the fall!
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