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    It’s Time to Wake Up: Imagining More for Women’s Futures

    آن أوان الاستيقاظ: تصور أكثر إشراقًا لمستقبل المرأة, Maghress, By Ibtissam Niri. HAF Empowerment Trainer | M&E Specialist Photo Caption: During one of the Image Women’s Empowerment Workshop sessions, women discuss how they can paint their vision for the future of their workplace. On August 27, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) conducted its twenty-ninth 4-day

    Cathartic Returns to Morocco: Mark Apel, from Peace Corps to Farmer-to-Farmer

    Cathartic Returns to Morocco: Mark Apel, from Peace Corps to Farmer-to-Farmer, The New Dawn, By Ellen Hernandez and Katie Bercegeay. • Arabic: Voice of Iraq, 18 Septembre 2020. By Ellen Hernandez and Katie Bercegeay Upon hearing the words “Hamdullah wa inshallah,” Mark Apel is transported as if in a time capsule to the many times he and Yossef

    Golden Seeds

    HAF Project Manager FRÉ Skincare and HAF Partnering with Argan Cooperatives in Essaouira Argania Spinosa is the only type of argan tree around the world; it’s a tree endemic to Morocco and characteristic of North Africa for its biological, nutritional, socioeconomic, and ecological value. Argania Spinosa wood is an excellent source of charcoal. The tree’s

    The Women of Takhrkhourt Cooperative in Tassa Ouirgane

    Article: سيدات تعاونية تاخرخورت بتسا ويركان, Beirut Times, By Amina El Hajjami. HAF’s Director of Projects After building an organic tree nursery and a well, and after facilitating participatory meetings and trainings concerning environmental protections with the farmers and the men’s association in Tassa Ouirgane village (Al Haouz province, Marrakech-Safi region), a project financed by the

    20 Years: A Generation and a Day in Development Life – Happy Anniversary HAF

    20 Years: A Generation and a Day in Development Life – Happy Anniversary HAF, Global Research, 6 September 2020. • French: Libération, 07 Septembre 2020. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 09 Septembre 2020. Dear Friends, As so many of us ask when we commemorate an anniversary of decades: where have all the years gone? Have we done all we

    Teaming up for Renewable Energy

    Project Assistant In order to realize more and more renewable energy achievements, the High Atlas Foundation has added a new and exciting collaboration to the list. This partnership is with Alliance Marocaine pour le Climat et le Développement Durable (AMCDD) and Association des Enseignants de la Vie et de la Terre (AESVT), who also share

    Compte Rendu De La Reunion De L’equipe De La Clinique Juridique De La Faculte De Droit De Fes (Cjdf), De La Fondation Du Haut Atlas


    Rpcvs: Become a Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer and Continue Your Difference in Morocco

    The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is reconnecting with former Peace Corps Volunteers to serve as volunteer experts as part of the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program in Morocco, which is being administered by HAF through 2023. RPCVs are invited to apply for assignments of two weeks or longer to help build the capacities of Moroccan cooperatives,

    A Fresh Start

    Project Assistant On August 12th, representatives from the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), the Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development (AMCDD), and the Association of Teachers of Life and Earth Sciences (AESVT) held a meeting in order to finalize their new partnership and also to prepare and plan for the first regional meeting which is

    Discussion with Law Students: Understanding Moroccan Culture

    HAF Intern and UVA Student Through a Zoom meeting with Moroccan law students from University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes who have been trained to deliver pro bono legal aid to underserved persons, I had an amazing opportunity to discuss current topics and issues as well as acquire a better understanding of Moroccan culture

    Final Checkpoint: Civil Society-Government Partnerships for Common Good

    On August 10-11, 2020, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) team went to Ait Ourir in order to attend the evaluation of the Future Association for Development and Work Camps (AFCD). The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate each stage of the Oxygen project implementation and draft project recommendations that can be implemented in the

    Cool News in a Warming World: Why Invest in Future Forests

    Cool News in a Warming World: Why Invest in Future Forests, Daily News, By Finn Grundmann. HAF Volunteer, Plant Enthusiast, and Scientific Assistant in Ecosystem Restoration Projects Forests capture more than carbon. While through the mechanism of photosynthesis, plants are experts at retrieving carbon dioxide from the air, they have also perfected strategies to retain

    Distributing Food and Hygiene Materials in Taroudant Province: A Symbol of Social Solidarity

    On July 27-28, a HAF team composed of Field Technician Abdeljalil, driver Mustapha, and I hit the road to Taroudant Province for the distribution of food and hygiene materials, a project implemented in partnership with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as an act of social solidarity with people who have been severely impacted, economically and socially,

    Critical Outlooks of the Community Approach to Global Development

    Critical Outlooks of the Community Approach to Global Development, Scoop World, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 5 August 2020. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 11 Aug 2020. Systems devised to organize local community participation in development emerged more than 70 years ago as a means to address poverty by involving people in designing their own initiatives and activities. Today,

    Why Plant Trees?

    Yossef Ben-Meir, Amina El Hajjami, and Ellen Hernandez HAF Colleagues The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) has been working with farming families in Morocco since 2000 to plant trees for sustainable agricultural development. The first question we are often asked is “Why plant trees?” Let us address that question as well as exploring other questions about

    Spreading the Seeds of Multiculturalism: A Moroccan Perspective

    Spreading the Seeds of Multiculturalism: A Moroccan Perspective, Qwenu, By Jacqueline Skalski-Fouts, 11 August 2020. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 12 Aug 2020. • French: Article19, 26 Jul 2020. Since early June, an estimated 15 to 26 million people across the United States have participated in protests against the death of George Floyd and the persistence of systematic racism

    100% Renewable Is Loading…

    Project Assistant The Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) for an African energy transition towards “all-renewable” is a project that the High Atlas Foundation is working on alongside GermanWatch, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Bonn, Germany. GermanWatch seeks to influence public policy on trade, the environment, and relations between countries in the industrialized north and underdeveloped south

    We Are the Change: International Youth Day 2020

    HAF Project Manager We, the youth, have a vast and important role in development and nation-building. Societies that have a large percentage of youth are strong ones. This is reflected in the tremendous energy of young people, which clearly contributes to driving and managing global matters and development projects. Climate change is an example. It

    My Experience with Grant Writing for the High Atlas Foundation

    HAF Intern – UVA student As this was my first opportunity working on a grant proposal, I did not know much about the content and format of proposals previously; however, I knew that writing one was an important skill to acquire. Furthermore, I was able to explore new areas of the High Atlas Foundation’s work.

    في زيارة للمشاتل (فاس، مكناس، افران)

    في اطار المشاريع التنموية والمساعدات الاجتماعية التي تقوم بها مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير ثم المبادرات وكذا التوزيع المستمر للأشجار المثمرة على الفلاحين، جاءت في هذا الاطار زيارة ميدانية لجبال الأطلس المتوسط مرورا بمدن فاس ومكناس، رفقة السيد سعيد البناني مدير مشروع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بدأت رحلتنا  من مدينة مراكش في اتجاه مدينة مكناس كأول محطة، يوم

    Building a Definition of Development

    Building a Definition of Development, Global Research, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President),03 August 2020 • Arabic: Al bayader, 28 Jul 2020. • French: Wn.com, 08 Aug 2020. A model of the Alternative-Participatory Development social system (Yossef Ben-Meir, 2009) The idea of development itself, its definition, and even the method we use for defining it, would be a good

    Creating and Giving Joy to Others

    Director of Projects Natural human tendency is to create security in our lives by trying to keep things the same, but we need to keep in mind that we will face challenges in our lives, and we can learn from them even if it is difficult for us in the beginning. We need to adapt

    South-South Youth Cooperation

    HAF Project Manager South-South regional blocs led the world to go through a major economic and political transformation over the last two decades. The advances, particularly in the South, have been more rapid than at any time during a similar span in world history. Relationships within the South and between the South and the North

    Planting Trees: An Act of Faith

    By Yossef Ben-Meir, Imane Akhezzane, and Ellen Hernandez The Qur’an speaks about water as the life force: the heavens and the Earth were a joined entity, and then they were separated and every living thing was made from water [21:30]. Everything needs water to survive, and among these, of course, are trees. Trees help us

    Changing the Destiny of Women During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Can you imagine that due to COVID-19, several problems related to women have only increased, but these issues haven’t been given attention? For years, different NGOs worked on empowering women and gender equality, but with the unexpected appearance of an invisible enemy (the virus), those activities that used to raise awareness about injustices and discrimination

    Integrations Revealed by Participation

    There are a number of reasons that explain the ascendency over decades, and now the mainstream, of participatory approaches to meaningful development. We often see that when people decide upon the project or change that they most want, that they will give their energy and time to help ensure its continuity and success. We widely

    The Shared Characteristics of Sustainable Development and Deradicalization

    This article in Arabic –  الخصائص المشتركة للتنمية المستدامة ونزع التطرّف Sustainable development refers to the pattern through which we meet human needs without compromising the future generations’ ability to meet theirs. It requires a comprehensive approach with components that can be individually achieved, including but not limited to economic prosperity, independence, and social well-being. In

    هيئات دولية اجتماعية تزرع البسمة لبعض الأسر ببوجدور

    French version .تماشيا مع أهدافها الاجتماعية فقد قامت مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بتوزيع عشرات قفف لمواد غذائية أساسية بإقليم بوجدور نظرا للظروف الاجتماعية و الاقتصادية التي تسببت فيها جائحة كورونا بجنوب المغرب على غرار كل الجهات بالمملكة فقد قامت العديد من الهيئات بمساعدة الأسر المعوزة ولم تكن مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وشركائها إلا من أوائل المساهمين والمساعدين

    U.S. and Moroccan Experts Collaborate for Moroccan Cooperatives

    The High Atlas Foundation & USAID kick-off the very first Farmer-To-Farmer virtual assignment in Morocco, which will be served by former Peace Corps Volunteer and F2F Volunteer Mark Apel, working integrally with Rachida Outouchki the president of Aboughlo Women’s Cooperative. The assignment aims to follow up on an agricultural project managed by the Tassa Ouirgane

    Return Visits to Uplift Communities of Morocco

    To all former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Morocco, and to all others who wish to return to this fulfilling land and continue to benefit its remarkable people: The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is administering the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program during the next three years, and we sincerely hope that you will give your needed