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HAF works in rural areas of Morocco to target the most marginalized communities.

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With support from HAF’s expert field staff, communities are given the tools and knowledge to take on their most difficult development challenges.

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Infrastructural development is key to bringing communities clean drinking water, improving learning conditions in schools, and increasing agricultural efficiency and production.

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HAF’s grassroots approach engages community members throughout the entire development cycle, from planning to implementation and evaluation.

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HAF’s experiential training approach increases the impact of development and enables projects to achieve scale.

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Income-generating projects empower vulnerable community members and help to break the cycle of poverty.

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HAF programs engage marginalized youth and provide essential educational opportunities.

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HAF created a social enterprise, High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal (HA3), which takes an environmentally friendly approach to food security and prosperity.

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HAF is dedicated to benefiting disadvantaged communities and groups, especially women and youth, throughout Morocco.

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Celebrating Women’s Empowerment in the Ourika Valley
By Fatima Zahra Laaribi Women’s Empowerment Trainer   In the heart of Ourika Valley, the...
Water, Rain, Come Our Way!
  By Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D  President of the High Atlas Foundation    We are in...
'Trust' Workshop with Women of the Aboughlo Cooperative in Ourika
Gal Kamarski  HAF Intern     This week, the High Atlas Foundation - including our project manager...
THE HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION PRODUCES TREES
Jack Butler, Ph.D High Atlas Foundation Volunteer The High Atlas Foundation produces trees. And in...
Coming Together for Lake Ifni
By Errachid Montassir  Project Manager, Sami's Project  Driving 70 kilometers on a unpaved road from...
Warmly Familiar People in Morocco
  Photo by Tim Resch, president of Friends of Morocco         Dr....
Defining Empowerment
By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir HAF President   Various perspectives exist on the relationship between...
Women's status in Morocco and the historical struggle
  By Gal Kramarski HAF Intern Graduate Student   Amongst processes of democratization, traditions and...
What a Palestinian can Learn from Morocco
Marwa Natsheh   Through her internship in Morocco, the writer has been inspired to think...
Women’s empowerment in Agbalo
    By Gal Kamarski  HAF Inter, Graduate Student    Last week, our staff,...
Presenting Tororde, a village of challenges and possibilities
    Jan Thibaut HAF Intern, graduate student   Another pretty productive and successful day...
Sami's Project to Empower Kids - 10 years in
Dr. Rachid El Kouhen, Sami’s father This year we commemorate the 10 year anniversary of...
Community Assessments in the Vallée d’Azzaden.
By Jan T.  HAF Intern  Rachid and I visit the often overlooked villages of the...
FRÉ AND HAF PARTNER FOR WOMEN’S CULTIVATION AND OWNERSHIP OF ARGAN TREES
  By Max Bone Social Media Team Memeber    The High Atlas Foundation is...
Community Service Workshop in Ben Guerir
  By Fatima Zahra Laaribi On the 11th and 12th of September 2017, three...
OCP’s Workshop on Volunteerism
  By Errachid Montassir HAF Project Manager At the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in the...
“The Not-so-Ugly Americans”
      By Max Bone Social Media Team Member   I am sharing an...
Setti Fadma meeting
Setti Fadma Meeting   By Ulrica Muffatto HAF summer intern         On...
My first solo participatory meeting in Tororde, Azzaden Valley
My first solo participatory meeting in Tororde, Azzaden Valley Another big day today: my first...
Our time in Azzaden Valley
  By Maurice Polczynski and Jana Kaben The Azzaden Valley is part of the El...
Ecosia's recounting of their trip with HAF
The green hills that used to surround the Moroccan cities of Fez, Ifran and Oujda...
Problem solving in Ouikaimeden
On Monday the 9th of August, we went with Amina, Project Manager at High Atlas...
Volunteerism and youth policies
By Fatima Zahra Laarbi On Tuesday, the 25th of July at Hotel Mogador Opera Marrakech, two...
Investing in people to invest in progress
Hello there! Ellen, here, HAF’s social media intern from Berkeley, California. I have spent...

PROGRAMS

HAF wins SEED Award for sowing seeds for entrepreneurship and development

Last week, I had the privilege of representing HAF at the 2013 SEED Symposium and International Awards ceremony organized for the 2013 SEED Award winners, where HAF was recognized for its achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship and promising efforts to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in Morocco.

The events, which took place at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, were organized within the framework of the Global South-South Development Expo, an international forum where representatives from different countries and organizations came to share their successful southern-grown solutions to address the millennium development goals.

 

 

This was a good opportunity to showcase HAF’s organic agriculture project and its goal to develop a social and environmental enterprise that reinvest profits from selling certified organic walnuts and almonds produced in the High Atlas Mountains into community projects, while generating a revenue stream that provides on-going support and assistance to rural communities through the entire agricultural development cycle, including building community nurseries, introducing adapted irrigation systems, capacity building, organic certification and marketing.

 

The model was very well received by the organizers and by the participating 33 entrepreneurs from different countries and generated constructive discussionsaround the concept of green economy and the role of social and environmental enterprises.

 

The event was also a great opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from government, civil society,academia, donor institutions and the private sector, and particularly with many entrepreneurs, and to learn from the “local solutions that make a difference”, as advanced by the SEED Symposium theme. From biodegradable plates implanted with organic seeds to provide food after use; a social media website to promote car-sharing; reliable, clean and sustainable power to off-grid households; and affordable biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana waste to an art and craft workshop that trains disadvantage women to design and create organic products based on recycled paper – all the 33 projects were smart, very inspiring and address intractable problems while taking huge risks. I was particularly inspired with the very ambitious goals, such as economic and environmental sustainability and social equity despite the simplicity of the solutions presented.

 

Following a discussion with a group of young entrepreneurs about the fine line between being entrepreneurial for one’s own good or for the good of the planet and the effectiveness of for-profits and nonprofits and the question of success and social value, I came to believe more than ever that with its model to channel the income from selling organic walnuts and almonds produced in the High Atlas Mountains (and other organic produce from other regions), after farmers’ and production costs, into programs and services aimed at meeting people’s unmet or under-met needs, HAF is in a unique position to promote a melded business model, with multiplying factors for direct social, environmental and economic impacts for thousands of communities and for all Morocco.

 

By Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki

Program Director

High Atlas Foundation

  • Organic agriculture

    Organic agriculture

    HAF and communities, with the social enterprise High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal (HA3), create initiatives that span the entire agricultural cycle – from nurseries and markets to the farming of certified organic raw and value-added products.
  • Youth

    Youth

    HAF and community partners give Moroccan schoolchildren and youth access to greater educational opportunities by improving school infrastructure and increasing learning potential.
  • Clean drinking water

    Clean drinking water

     HAF successfully addresses water access challenges for rural communities and schools throughout Morocco.
  • Clean energy

    Clean energy

    HAF and community partners are developing several new sustainable innovations, such as the production of biomass briquettes. These clean energy alternatives provide creative solutions to Morocco’s toughest challenges.
  • Training

    Training

    HAF’s experiential training ensures sustainable access to knowledge and skills and focuses on the diffusion of these benefits throughout communities.
  • Women’s programs

    Women’s programs

    HAF projects work to combat the traditional socioeconomic marginalization of women by helping them identify their community needs and creating projects to achieve their goals.
  • Cultural diversity

    Cultural diversity

    HAF promotes intercultural partnerships and collaboration towards a common goal: sustainable human development.          
  • HA3: HAF’s social enterprise
     HAF’s award winning social enterprise covers the organic agriculture cycle from nurseries to market. Organic certification increases household incomes, and enables reinvestment into additional in human development projects.

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