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    Tifaouine Angale: An Idyllic Human-Sized Cooperative

    Tifaouine Angale, in Anougal in the South of Marrakesh HAF Volunteer Down to the village of Anougal, on February 11th, the Farmer-to-Farmer team visited this women’s cooperative for the first time. On this sunny day, a dirt road is leading us to the small village of Anougal. Olive trees, mountains, rocky constructions and dry rivers

    A Conference on Race, Gender, and Migration in the Maghrib

    Fes, Morocco The introductory panel consisted of Drs. Myriam Cottias, Catherine Coquery-Vidrovich, Salah Trabelsi, Klara Boyer-Rossol, Suzanne Schwarz and Chouki El Hamel. The Center for Maghrib Studies at Arizona State University (CMS) organized a conference on Race, Gender, and Migration in the Maghrib on December 15-17, 2019. The conference was sponsored by L’Unité de Recherche

    Growing Hope in Touama Village

    Nic Pantelick HAF Volunteer Yesterday, I traded the sprawling city of Marrakech for the rolling foothills and winding roads of the Moroccan countryside. Watching this buzzing metropolis retreat through the back window of the car we rode in, I was filled with excitement. After an hour of driving and stop for lunch, we arrived at

    Youth Entrepreneurship in Community

    – Youth Entrepreneurship In Community, Ethiopian Observer, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 15 January 2020. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 22 December 2019. Moroccan youth today, whether urban or rural based, face enormous obstacles in achieving their self-development and in creating the improvements they seek for their families, communities, country, and even for the world. As they know all too well,

    Technical Training, Analyzing for Swot | Usmba Law Clinic, Fes

    By Katie Bercegeay HAF Project Manager On December 14, 2019, law students at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah convened for the third of six training-workshops designed to prepare them to deliver pro bono legal aid at a faculty-housed Clinique Juridique, or legal clinic, starting in early 2020. USMBA Law Professor Professor Lamzaraa facilitated a training

    Family Mediation, Project Identification | USMBA Law Clinic, Fes

    By Katie Bercegeay HAF Project Manager On Friday, December 27, law students at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes gathered to continue in a series of training workshops preparing them to work in a faculty-housed pro bono law clinic in 2020. The morning began with a short exercise to practice active listening. Students–and even

    Climate Change Sensitisation and Adaptation: Planning in Zagora

    By Kerstin Opfer Operations Manager North Africa is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change and characterised by severe environmental degradation. This compromises already scarce natural resources and thereby the countries’ economic performance, which is heavily dependent on natural capital such as agriculture, phosphates, mineral resources and fisheries. This in turn also

    Soft Skills Development for Participatory Communication | USMBA Law Clinic, Fes

    HAF Project Manager Twenty-nine master’s and doctorate-level law students participated in the second of a series of workshops and trainings designed to prepare the students to work in a new law clinic to be housed at the Faculty of Juridical, Economic, and Social Sciences at the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fes. Fourteen of

    Presenting at the International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference 2019

    By Kerstin Opfer HAF’s Operations Manager We are living in a time where humankind faces an unprecedented challenge – it is the warmest it has ever been on earth since human presence. The dangers of climate change are known since the 1980s but a lack of will and societal awareness has inhibited the necessary vigorous

    2020 Summer Program: HAF and the University of Virginia

    Dear Friend, We at the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) wish you a happy end of year and a fulfilling year ahead This Newsletter is an expression of our appreciation for the students from the University of Virginia (UVA) and elsewhere who spent the last two summers with us and will hopefully join us for summers

    Giving Today for Better Days

    Dear Friend, There are fantastic reasons to give today to the High Atlas Foundation in Morocco: Women’s empowerment and girls’ education uplift our life’s fabric and are absolutely real outcomes of our work with families and communities. Fruit tree agriculture, building cooperatives, certifying organic, and processing food products for local and global sales form a

    Reflections and Thoughts on a Gender-Based Workshop Conducted to the Staff

    By Yaniv Teitel HAF Intern Last Friday, I had the privilege and honor to conduct a workshop for the High Atlas Foundations staff members which I tentatively titled “Feminism & Masculinity”. The workshop was a pilot for a larger program that will hopefully start soon – an empowerment workshop for men from rural areas in

    Student Trainings Launched | USMBA Law Clinic, Fes

    HAF Project Manager A training program to engage and prepare university law students to give supervised pro bono legal counsel to marginalized persons in Fes was launched during the second week of November. An initial meeting with 37 masters level law students studying at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah was conducted on Thursday, November 14.

    Promoting Civil Society – University Engagement in Fes

    HAF Project Manager On October 10, 2019, the High Atlas Foundation kicked off a new project in partnership with the University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (USMBA) in Fes to establish a Law Clinic and Legal Aid program which actively engages students in experiential and service learning for the greater good of the local community. Born

    The High Atlas Foundation at the United Nations

    The High Atlas Foundation at the United Nations Dear Friend, This Newsletter presents the sustainable development work of the High Atlas Foundation and our fulfilling the Special Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that we have enjoyed since 2011. We are facilitators of development that local communities of Morocco seek, and

    Men Power

    HAF intern Last Friday, we had the chance to try out some of the methods we use in our empowerment workshops ourselves. My internship colleague Yaniv conducted a half day workshop entitled “Masculinity and Feminism” for the whole staff in the office. So, as the title of one of my last blog posts included “Women

    Inspiration, Empowerment, (Self-) Growth – Impressions of the u.s. Embassy Youth Exchange Alumni Reintegration Seminar 2019

    HAF intern Last week I got the chance to take part in some of the program of the Alumni Seminar. From the 6th to the 10th of the November, 55 youth from all over Morocco who participated in the different U.S. Embassy exchange programs met at the Hotel Dar Atlas in Marrakech to share their

    HAF Tree Planting in Tizian

    By Florence Jordan World Challenge Traveller Coming from London, this project really showcased the differences between our homes, and the homes and lives of those living in Tizian in the High Atlas Mountains. During our stay, we were introduced to the differences in culture and language in Morocco compared to the United Kingdom. We were

    U.S. Embassy, High Atlas Foundation Host Alumni Leadership Seminar

    Arabic version PRESS RELEASE CONTACT INFORMATION Loubna Arrach                       Kamal Akaya Alumni Coordinator               HAF Seminar Manager arrachl@state.gov                  kamal@highatlasfoundation.org +212 6 73 05 70 33              +212 6 63 66 27 68 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. EMBASSY, HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION HOST ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SEMINAR MARRAKECH – The U.S Embassy in Rabat, in partnership with the High Atlas

    Participation, Passion, and Persistence

    Georgina Kenchington HAF Volunteer When you think about successful associations and the faces behind them, what are the first things that come to mind? Is it the meticulous business plans that, at some stage or another, came into fruition? How about the scrupulously drawn out financial projections that laid the foundation for future budgets and

    High Atlas Foundation’s Errachid Montassir Selected to Attend the Un Youth Climate Summit in New York

    – High Atlas Foundation’s Errachid Montassir Selected To Attend The Un Youth Climate Summit In New York, APN NEWS, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 16 September 2019. Errachid with rural primary school students, conducting an environmental workshop in Ait Hamou municipality in the Marrakech region (Photo by Nisreen Abo-Sido; January 2019). Errachid Montassir of Morocco, a project

    Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) as a Facilitating Tool for the Process of Ndcs in the Arab Region

    By Imane Akhezzane Project Manager As a part of a multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSP) project on renewable energy in Morocco, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) facilitated a conference of Climate Action Network – Arab World in Rabat on September 1st, under the topic: Current State of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Review in the Arab Region Towards

    Planting Trees to Support Community Growth

    By Isabel Clark World Challenge Team Member As part of my World challenge trip to Morocco I was expecting to work on a local initiative in the Tizian village but I never realised how rewarding the experience would be. On the 7th of July my World challenge team and I said ‘Salam’ to Morocco. We

    A Kick-off for a Decentralized Energy Transition

    By Alissa Brenn HAF intern and graduate student at Zurich University of Applied Sciences The Kingdom of Morocco has set high goals: According to the country’s energy strategy, 52% of its energy needs should be met through renewable means of energy production by 2030. However, the ultimate goal in the age of climate change is

    Scalability and Development: The Relationship Between Expansion and the Community

    HAF Intern, UVA student What is scalability? At its core, scalability is expansion, and often unlimited expansion without the need to redefine any of the fundamental elements. Such a concept enters the field of development when discussions of projects, organizational capacity, and networks center around expansion. The number of communities that participate in a women’s

    Youth: Challenges in Education, Employment & Gender

    Carol Ma Yau Ka HAF intern, CUHK student Morocco has a relatively young population, with 42% of its citizens aged below 25. The young population provides Morocco with strong human capital, and thus huge potential for future development. However, youth in Morocco are facing great difficulty in terms of education, employment and inequality. In the

    Summer School to “Meet a Leader” – Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir

    On July 26, 2019, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, President of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), was invited by AFCD Foundation in Ait Ourir as a leader to give a talk about HAF’s scope, activities, and approaches to sustainable community development. The talk, which was one hour long, is a part of the agenda of a workshop

    UVA-HAF on Participatory Development

    Under the auspices of the University of Virginia (UVA) and with the support of the High Atlas Foundation team (HAF), a four-credit academic internship course was taught in Marrakech – Morocco, from May 27 to July 19, 2019. The course, which is entitled “Participatory Development in Practice” focused on local development – from design to implementation and

    Agricultural Literacy: A Solution to Youth Idleness and Unemployment

    – Agricultural Literacy: A Solution to Youth Idleness and Unemployment, Global Research, By Anya Karaman (HAF Intern),  27 July 2019. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 1 August 2019. Field work for youth: How getting their hands in the soil could help young Moroccans land a job. At a juvenile detention center in Fes, it feels like summer camp is all year round. There, “maximum

    Abu Dhabi Climate Change Meeting 2019

    Errachid Montassir HAF project manager “The world is facing a grave climate emergency – disruption is happening now and faster than top scientists predict,” The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres also made an impassioned call for greater support to help develop the green economy. Abu Dhabi hosted the Climate Meeting on June 30th and July 1st,