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Clean Drinking Water for Five Moroccan Villages

by High Atlas Foundation
vitally important water
vitally important water

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a Moroccan-US organisation dedicated to participatory development approaches that build partnerships for projects determined by the participating communities themselves. The HAF philosophy is to create an inclusive process that emphasizes the participation of disadvantaged groups and uses methods of community planning towards the realization of development projects.

Access to clean water is one of the most serious problems affecting rural communities in Morocco. There is a rate of 19 per cent of infant mortality in the region where we are implementing this project, four times the national average, and it is directly related to drinking water. We continue to work with the people of rural villages in Taroudant Province – not only to construct infrastructure to provide clean drinking water, but also to help them pursue other dreams and priorities. We are also working in this area on women’s cooperatives, agricultural terracing and irrigation and fruit tree orchards. In addition, we work in other areas of Morocco to transfer this experience to other rural and disadvantaged communities.

The absolute essence of HAF’s work is that communities decide what is in their best interests. In making this decision, HAF facilitates the inclusion of those who might ordinarily be excluded or marginalised and seeks to support the sustainable development of the communities’ rich human resources, in particular women and young people. In training community members to work in participative approaches, the training itself encourages the formulation of ideas, priorities and development projects – as well as ensuring a corps of local leaders trained in techniques necessary for their implementation. In this way, the learning is experiential and participants learn by doing.

Although the backbone of the HAF approach has always been participatory development, the Foundation has come a long way from its roots in the High Atlas Mountains and its first tree-planting projects. Wit projects like this one and those which flow from this experience,we are now helping the communities help themselves in eight of Morocco’s 62 Provinces and Prefectures.

It is thanks to our many supporters, friends and donors like you that we are able to carry out this important work. Thank you and thanks to GlobalGiving for your commitment to HAF and to the people of Morocco.

water basin
water basin


In March 2010, HAF completed projects in fruit tree agriculture and clean drinking water in southern Morocco’s Tifnoute Valley, in the Province of Taroudante. Twenty-seven villages, including 6,000 people, benefitted from the planting of 60,000 walnut, cherry, and almond trees, which were part of the Kate Jeans-Gail Tree Nursery Memorial, bringing the total number of fruit trees HAF has planted in rural Morocco to the 200,000 mark.

In addition, HAF provided six villages with clean drinking water: Talmerselt, Aguerzrane, Tasska, Missour, Iberouan, and Idguan noudin. In total, 142 households have benefited from clean water projects, including over 1,000 people. In the coming months, HAF is bringing clean drinking water to three additional villages in the Valley: Imhilen, Tissguane, and Amssouzert.

Thank you to all of our GlobalGiving donors for helping to make this project such a success! We have just less than $2,000 to raise to complete this project, and look forward to sharing new projects with you in the months to come.

We are excited to let you know that a pilot clean drinking water project was successfully implemented in the village of Agruezzene in Morocco's southern Tifnoute Valley. Based on best practices from the pilot project, we are currently working with four other villages in the valley to bring clean drinking water to a total of 1,600 people.

Thanks to generous donors like you, we are less than $3,000 away from our fundraising goal of $25,000. Thank you! Looking for a meaningful gift to give this holiday season? Why not consider giving the gift of water to a rural Moroccan family in honor of a friend or loved one? GlobalGiving will even send your gift recipient an acknowledgment of the donation, making your gift giving even easier.

From all of us at the High Atlas Foundation, best wishes this holiday season and a joyous new year. We look forward to posting more project photos and a short video in early 2010.

HAF’s project to bring clean drinking water to Moroccan villages is featured as part of GlobalGiving’s Ramadan Giving Campaign.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, we've already raised over $15,000 of the $25,000 project goal! A special gift this Ramadan will help us get that much closer to completing the project.

Please consider making a life changing gift to help 1,600 people in five villages in southern Morocco have access to safe drinking water. Just $15 provides clean drinking water for one person and $150 for an entire family.

From all of us at the High Atlas Foundation, Mabrouk Ramadan!

Water basin with kids
Water basin with kids

We are happy to report that we have successfully completed our first clean drinking water project with the village of Aguerzrane, in the Tifnoute Valley. This project will benefit 300 people. We have included a few of the early photos with this update, and will follow-up soon with photos of the completed project (water flowing out of faucets and all!). We are now working with four more villages to bring them clean drinking water, and will be sure to update you on our progress. Thank you for your important support of this project!

Water basin
Water basin
Tifnoute Valley
Tifnoute Valley

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High Atlas Foundation

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Suzanne Daazet
New York, NY United States

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