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A Pitch by High Atlas Foundation's Yossef Ben-Meir

This video is a genuine testament to the emotional drive and intentional visionary spirit backing the High Atlas Foundation. In concise pitch, the organization’s president, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, presents an intersection between STEM principles and the core goal of sustainable development that the organization strives to establish. Ben-Meir presents his vision for the crossover of pedagogy into technology, and society in a way that promises to integrate skills into culture for truly impactful sustainable development in Morocco.

Act4Community Forum: first steps in a new volunteer world

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By Saloua Rmita
HAF intern from Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus
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Office Chérifien des Phosphates (The OCP Group) organized an Act4Community Forum with its staff in Safi (Marrakech region) concerning their volunteerism to support civil society actions for human development. The aim of the Forum is to spread awareness and inspire volunteers to create change within their communities and country and assist them in implementing local projects to create sustainable development.

Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, the President of the High Atlas Foundation, addressed the audience of the Forum to share his experiences volunteering in Morocco, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the early 1990s.

Furthermore, he discussed people's stories and challenges in different regions of Morocco, such as lack of clean water and adequate schools. He insisted that the solution to these problems is to create more opportunities for people’s participation and volunteering, and to call on other associations to follow the same path by encouraging their voluntary work.

My participation in Act4Community had a remarkable impact on me; I learned how volunteer work is significant not just for people who will receive it but also for volunteers themselves.

You can listen to Dr. Ben-Meir’s talk here.  You can also give to volunteer training programs with Moroccan university students.

High Atlas Shrugged

By Alex Frumkin
Duke University, travel abroad student
 

A week ago, I visited Marrakesh and had the chance to meet Yossef Ben-Meir, president of the High Atlas Foundation. I thought both Dr. Ben-Meir and the organization were very interesting, so I decided to interview him. I asked him questions about the organization, life in Morocco, his own life, and the role Judaism plays in all of these things. And afterwards, I reflected on what all that meant to me.  If any of that sounds interesting to you, click here.

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Caring for Life in Tadmamt

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Tadmamt tree nursery, Province of Al Haouz (23 July 2018)

By Saloua Rmita (Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus)
Hajar Ennamli (National School of Management and Trade in Oujda)
HAF Interns
Marrakech
 

We are volunteering with High Atlas Foundation in Marrakesh, for the purpose of living an unforgettable experience and discovering HAF’s activities.

Our first project site visit was to Tadmamt.  HAF’s tree nursery represents a partnership with the Department of Waters and Forests, and it was first funded in 2012 by the United Nations Development Program.

This nursery includes one hectare of land for planting three kinds of organic fruit seeds which are irrigated by a large water basin. There are cherry (60 000 seeds), almond (85,800 seeds), and walnuts (45,000 seeds).

Upon arriving at the site, we met Mr. Youssef, who takes care of the land now that his father, who is the responsible in the nursery, is ill. In our journey, we went visit Mr. Omar, Youssef‘s father, at his home.  His family is so humble and generous.  They welcomed us with a smile.

Mr. Omar, is a sixty-year-old man.  In addition, he is a hard-working person who supports his large family from the salary he receives from HAF. Mr. Omar lives 12 kilometers from the nursery.  This doesn’t prevent him from coming every morning to the nursery, except for now that he is not feeling well.  It is more than a job for him, it is a story of love.

Moreover, HAF’a approach consists to improve livelihoods of rural households, increasing incomes and socioeconomic status of marginalized villages. HAF’s goal is to overcome the poverty cycle by pushing past traditional practices of subsistence agriculture with the help of the nurseries and other agricultural activities, such as cooperative and certifying organic.

HAF‘s purpose is noble.  This amazing organization is supporting and helping people to achieve their dreams. This experience taught us how hard life is for other people, and how the Foundation is trying hard to make people’s life easier and give them chances to make their lives better.

We are thankful to the High Atlas Foundation for giving us such a wonderful opportunity to be here as volunteers.

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Youssef, Omar’s son, caring for the Tadmamt nursery.

 Give to this important nursery for family farmers in Morocco.

 

Active Youth

By Said Bennani,
HAF Project Manager
 

Here at the Abdelaziz Ben Driss Center for the Protection of Children, HAF’s team in Fes and the youth living at the center are appreciating all the visits of our partners from other places in Morocco.  Not only visitors from Morocco come, but also people travel from far away, outside of the country.  They have come to meet the children and see our work together.

The project is about a fruit tree nursery, which we started building May last year.  When the kids receive guests they feel happy and more encouraged about their work in the nursery, and to learn more about agriculture.

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Mr. Jamal Mimouni who is one of our partners from the Oujda region, is that area’s director ‘’ANDZOA’’ - the National Agency for Oasis Zones Development and Argan. He came by the center one recent Friday afternoon. We visited together all the nursery parts and he expressed how he liked the idea of building a fruit tree nursery with youth.  

We talked about how the children engage in the project and learn many skills and receive environmental education.  Every day the kids join us in the nursery. He talked with the children.  The children were happy to walk together to the nursery and show Mr. Jamal all the trees we planted these past months. They were happy as they are all the time, when people come and visit the great work they are doing in the nursery!  Some of them say: “Look at to the seeds and cuttings we planted together, they are now trees, they are growing very fast! We were with you that time, Mr. Said, do you remember that?”

Children from the Fes area and other cities are hosted at this center.  Some people come are rural areas, which means they already have an idea about agriculture and work in farming and planting trees.  Some of the children are very helpful with naming all the local plants, which grow in the nursery. All the time we hear the children talk to each other about the types of plants and trees, and what they are used for at their hometowns.  For those who are having their first experience with an agricultural project, it is hard for them sometimes to understand what is going on in the nursery.  But, with more time attending the activities, they learn more about the actions we implement here at the center. This collection of children of all ages and backgrounds allow them to learn from each other, coordinating with the HAF team in Fes and the Center staff.

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Furthermore, we mentioned to Mr. Jamal our visitor that we are looking to work in the same way at the Oujda center, which we started to do in recent months, planting argan and carob seeds.

It seems like those activities with youth from different ages and environments can help build leaders for community development.  With more training and workshops we organize for the children, will transfer capacities to improve the way they live every day.  In other words, this kind of this project is helping to have more active youth in Moroccan society.

HAF sincerely thanks Ecosia of Germany and Morocco's Ministry of Youth and Sports for making this youth and tree planting project a reality.

 

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