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HAF Mission Statement

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HAF works to establish development projects in different parts of Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF uses a participatory development approach that includes beneficiaries as active partners in every step of the development process - from prioritizing development goals to project implementation and management to monitoring and evaluation. Key to this approach is the facilitation of community planning meetings where beneficiaries together determine the types of projects they want to undertake and create action plans.

WHO WE ARE

The over-arching purpose of the High Atlas Foundation is grassroots development in predominantly rural disadvantaged communities in Morocco.

HAF was founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to build upon the relationships and knowledge gained during their years of service for the continued benefit of the Moroccan people. HAF is led by its Board of Directors and Operational Team of Moroccans and Americans, and has a highly distinguished Advisory Board.

Our work is grounded in the participatory approach, which is also stated to drive major Moroccan public initiatives to promote sustainable human development. While HAF is not a policy-oriented organization, we recognize the need for top down support of grass roots initiatives, and to that end, we work to support understanding and use of the participatory approach in all levels of government and society.

HAF is a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization and a Moroccan association, and since 2011 has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

HAF IS COMMITTED TO:

Empowering communities to create development through a participatory approach.
Including all community members in the development process – full diversity (including in the HAF organization).
Supporting projects that communities determine, manage and benefit from.
Training people from public and private organizations and community members in facilitating participatory planning.
Partnering to ensure development is sustainable and transparent.
Fully utilizing local materials and knowledge, and respecting cultural traditions.
Promoting friendship between the Moroccan and American people.

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Trees for Kids: Sami's ProjectNursery of 50,000 walnut and cherry treesClean drinking water for 1,250 rural MoroccansCooperative benefiting 610 women and girlsParticipatory training with students from Hassan II UniversityKate Jeans-Gail and Tom Tolen (RPCVs) Tree Nursery MemorialsOlive tree planting and irrigation with 200 families near TafraouteIntegrating tree planting, irrigation and potable water for 3,500 people

1 Million Tree Campaign

The 1 Million Tree Campaign increases family incomes multiple-fold while also preventing erosion and desertification. HAF and its partners will plant the 1 millionth tree January 16th, 2014. Over 10 years, we estimate to have helped 50,000 people make the step out of poverty. The project is poised to continue indefinitely, at an accelerated pace, with 500,000 young trees expected to be planted in 2014 alone. Please join us.

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High Atlas Foundation in Morocco

High Atlas Foundation
4 Rue Qadi Ayaad, Al Manar 4A - 3eme étage,
Apt 12, El Harti, Gueliz, Marrakech, Maroc

Tel: +212 (0)5 24 42 08 21

Fax: +212 (0)5 24 42 20 21

E-mail: haf@highatlasfoundation.org

Directions to HAF Marrakech Office

High Atlas Foundation in US

High Atlas Foundation
332 Bleecker Street, #K110
New York, NY  10014

Tel: (646) 688-2946

Fax: (646)786-4780

E-mail: haf@highatlasfoundation.org

 

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