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Uplifting at-risk youth and marginalized families through organic agriculture

 

The High Atlas Foundation creates unique project models that are essential for Morocco to achieve prosperity.  These models, however, require implementation, sustainability, and expanding to the national scale.

Morocco needs a billion fruit trees as one of a number of measures that are needed to overcome rural poverty.  The country is also struggling with very concerning levels of youth disenfranchisement. Here is one model solution for both of these serious challenges: Grow organic fruit tree nurseries with the teenage youth who are detained (for minor crimes) at the nation’s Children Protection Centers.

Skills developed while maintaining nurseries are highly employable.  We will also experientially build youth’s abilities to monitor carbon offsets, secure organic certification, and manage the organic processing of the product.  This model can be launched immediately in the city of Fes and in the northwestern city of Oujda, a place that has double the national average of unemployment.

Here is another essential part of this pilot: we will plant endemic varieties of fruit trees that are on their way to being lost in this region, such as apple, fig, grape, pair, and plum. The fact that farmers do not currently grow these Moroccan species necessitates their constant utilization of pesticides.

This needed initiative in Oujda and Fes gives hope for marginalized and wonderful youth, who desperately want this chance to advance themselves.  This project will generate millions of trees in several years to help alleviate the poverty of thousands of rural families, while at the same time help flourish the nation’s biodiversity.

So, what are we waiting for? A pledge, many pledges, everyone’s gift so that we can now implement this model for the Kingdom of Morocco.

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HafFdtn At the Abdelaziz Ben Driss Center for youth, the students are putting in lots of effort to care for the trees,&are learning so much as well!
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HafFdtn Planting trees does so much- environmental benefits, soil erosion prevention, deforestation reversal, and climate change mitigation.
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HafFdtn The children at the Abdelaziz Ben Driss Center are excited to learn about caring for trees, and to acquire irrigation skills, we are as well
HafFdtn We have successfully planted in many different ecosystems in Morocco. This shows that with dedication and hard work anything can be done.
HafFdtn In the El-Houz province, teachers are using HAF trees to educate their students on topics ranging from climate change to food security.
HafFdtn We are excited to start working out of our new office in Fes, which is located at Center for the Protection of Children, Abdelaziz Ben Driss
HafFdtn The University Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes has donated land to build a tree nursery for the surrounding communities. Exciting for all!

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