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13 01, 2019

Action on Migration at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Marrakech

2019-01-14T15:24:15+00:00
Manon Burbidge
Lund University, Sweden
Marrakech
 

On the morning of 6th December 2018, I got the chance to attend a panel at the 11th Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), this year hosted in Marrakech, Morocco.  The core theme was focussed on “Honouring International Commitments to Unlock Potential of All Migrants for Development” and was the largest multi-stakeholder dialogue platform concerning migration and development, representing government policymakers, GFMD observers, members of civil society and the private sector. Although the proceedings of the GFMD are non-binding and voluntary, it is hoped that this conference will lay down foundations for the first Global Compact for Migration (for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration), held on 10th-11th December, also in Marrakech.

This UN-led High-Level Political Forum is the first international compact of its kind to address migration, designed to improve the management and co-operation of countries concerning the movement of peoples across borders. This agreement will also address the overarching causes of migration, such as poor access to sustainable livelihoods, the socio-economic and environmental implications of migration upon both origin and host countries, as well as working to enhance the value and impact of migrants for sustainable development.

As it was my first international conference, I was not quite sure what to expect! From my first impressions, it definitely deserved the title of “international”: over 100 nations were represented, including governments, civil society members and NGOs, and amidst the bustle of delegates moving from room to room, I heard Arabic, French, German, English, Spanish being spoken…

Dr Yossef Ben-Meir was one of five guest panellists invited to speak at a side event, organised by “Fondation EuroMedA” which took place alongside the conference’s morning session. EuroMedA is a collaborative organisation promoting relationships between Europe, the Mediterranean region and Africa. They are particularly focussed on the five priority areas of: developing renewable energies, political action and policies directed at Euro-African migration, fighting against violent extremism, developing a common project centred on youth education and training, and creating a new paradigm of development between Europe towards Africa, with regards to sustainable agriculture, energy and commerce.

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The panel spoke for about one hour, before opening the floor to questions, during which several interesting topics were broached.

Primarily, the Mediterranean region was discussed as the cradle of peoples and religions, and as such, there is a need to define a common cultural project and unified paradigm for migration across the region and between the wider area of Europe and Africa. The idea of unification was key, as one panellist said, “nationalism flourishes in Europe as a response to the unclear moves governments have taken to deal with migration, and because we are in a system which favourises illegal migration”. But questions were of course raised over

whether it was even possible to have this unified approach to migration, given the historical differences between Europe and Africa.
Another panellist highlighted that the key issues arising from climate change that Africa will face in the future include desertification, food insecurity, drought and soil degradation, all of which could set a new wave of migrants on the move.

img2Dr Ben-Meir spoke of how the participatory approach is used in Morocco to work towards meaningful sustainable development projects, which can be an alternative to migration for rural communities, as well as the laws in place Morocco has to protect the migrants that settle here.

Once the panel had wrapped up, I also had a few minutes to take a peek at an art installation, of what initially looked like a selection of tents set up in a chilly courtyard: on closer inspection, these tents were beautifully stitched together with national flags and traditional clothing. It turned out to be a project set up to utilise the Antarctic Treaty’s precedent for peaceful co-operation as a message of hope, unity and humanity, for a world without borders and an advocation of Antarctica as a “supranational emblem of human rights”. I left the conference a passport holder for the continent of Antarctica, which to quote it, is a “universal passport for a continent without borders, for the common good of humanity. Climate change has no borders”. As a bearer, I must work to fight climate change, support humanitarian actions, act for sustainable development and spread peace and equality.

Now isn’t that a thought for the day?

 

Manon is a postgraduate student in Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden, currently interning at the High Atlas Foundation, Morocco.

Action on Migration at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Marrakech 2019-01-14T15:24:15+00:00
13 01, 2019

Tree-planting event at Albayrat primary school

2019-01-13T11:23:32+00:00
by Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow

 

Over the weekend, part of the HAF team visited a primary school in Rhamna to check in with community leaders, distribute 140 fruit trees, and join in the excitement of playing and planting with energetic children and volunteers.  Activity organizers welcomed us with warm bread and tea, but we couldn’t sit still as the echoes of music and laughter pulled us back outside to join in the day’s activities.

 

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Errachid–HAF Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator–gathers with the children prior to tree planting.

 

We dug, painted, weeded, and planted, all while appreciating the enthusiasm and compassion the community volunteers emanated and the children replicated.

 

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Rachid Nacer–social work actor–entertains the children with song and dance.

 

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Ibrahim–a HAF volunteer from Algeria–paints a tire prior to tree-planting.

 

We recognized and admired the school’s health facilities and classrooms, but upon speaking with community leaders, we found that their current challenges included the absence of an organized parent’s association, as well as complications with securing electricity.  Normally every school in Morocco has a parent’s association to facilitate familial involvement and support of school activities; these associations typically play an important role in school dynamics.  As for the electricity problem, many community members had different interpretations of the conflict, but we ultimately deduced that the current electrical network is serviced by cables connected illegally to bring electricity to the school.  In line with HAF’s participatory approach, we asked community organizers about their goals, and they identified their priority of advocating for official electrical lines.

 

The differences in understanding of the electricity problem and the absence of an official electrical line illustrate a real challenge of participatory action based approaches: they are built on effective communication.  Nevertheless, we were impressed by the vibrancy and success of this community’s initiatives, given that they had started organizing on Facebook, a testament to the commitment and insight of community-led action.  We will return to conduct participatory meetings with the community to help resolve these issues.

 

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Nisreen–a HAF volunteer from the USA–and school children remove weeds in preparation for tree planting.

 

The energetic and vibrant atmosphere kept us smiling long after we left. Albayrat primary school exemplified the power and potential of community-based action, and we are glad that HAF could be a part of driving this progress forward.

 

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Tree-planting event at Albayrat primary school 2019-01-13T11:23:32+00:00
13 01, 2019

The Moroccan Schools as Bridge to the Communities

2019-01-13T11:20:45+00:00
By Said EL Bennani
Project Manager

 

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The beauty of Morocco exists not only in the big cities but also in the charming villages of the countryside. Many villages and residential communities are scattered along the Atlas Mountain range, from the south-west of the country to the far east, and the activities vary from one region to the other. Nevertheless, they share many activities and practices.

Since 2000, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) has been trying to reach and visit as many villages in Morocco as it can, to work with communities to improve development by creating sustainable projects using different methods of communication.

 

HAF did a lot of work across the High Atlas Mountains, in Al Haouz, Ouarzazate, Taroudant, Errachidia, and in the Fès-Meknes region. The Delegation of Education in Ifrane is one important partner of HAF in the Fès-Meknes region. Together they decided to build fruitful partnerships and facilitate communication between all development actors in the Ifrane. Two years after this decision Ifrane’s Delegation of Education and HAF are very proud of the successful implementation of two fruit tree nurseries in the Assalam school and in the Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Driven by this success Ifrane’s Delegation of Education and HAF are now planning to expand this project and build another tree nursery in one of the schools of Ain Leuh, a small town located in the center of the Middle Atlas Mountains, about 1450 meters in altitude, and about 28 kilometers from Azrou.

 

Said Bennani and the HAF nursery caretaker in Ifrane nurseries traveled from Ifrane to Ain Leuh to visit the schools and meet local communities. We were welcomed warmly by a local teacher of Atlas primary school in Ain Leuh. The teacher was happy to talk with us about her village and the primary school she studied in, when she was a little girl! Now she is a prominent woman in her town – she in not only a teacher but also a leader and contact person for all women in the region, who face challenges. The teacher did not hesitate to show us most of the school parts and share with us information about the history and the students who are studying there.

 

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The school was established a long time ago, likely in 1923. It is quite large with 12 classrooms, and new ones have yet to be completed. Moreover, they have free space that they can utilize, if they gave it more attention. We also saw existing trees in the school, while we were there. They had many local types of fruit trees as well as some forestry trees. Moreover, the free land they have is not quite big enough to think about building a new fruit tree nursery. Nevertheless, the teacher spoke on behalf of many local actors there—cooperativesassociations, and the agriculture center—who are working together to make their primary school shinier and engaging the community in the development of their own projects. In addition, HAF are looking as well to join this group of actors to talk more about their interest and the possibilities of how we can create more development projects in the communities. In the school, they have a water canal passing its square, plus a local small well. In addition, the teacher said that they are interested in putting an aromatic and medicinal plants nursery in the school. They have bathrooms and a library with books, which gives me the impression that there are some people in that school or somewhere in the village that are looking to give more to Ain Leuh.

 

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On the same day, I had the chance to visit a local cooperative, which makes wool carpets.  In 2015, while I was a volunteer with the agriculture office in Marrakech, I worked with the same cooperative to accompany a group of women from Al Haouz, to visit many sites, in the north of Morocco, granting them more opportunities to learn from different experiences. I remembered the first time I visited them and how they were very active collective women making a variety of beautiful handmade wool carpets.

 

At the same time, I remembered one of the women from the same cooperative in Ain Leuh visited the HAF office two years ago, when I was a volunteer with HAF. In addition, she participated with Amina EL Hajjami, the HAF Project Manager for Women’s Cooperatives, in visits from the north of Morocco to the South. I visited again the women’s workshop for wool carpets as HAF Project Manager in Fes and Ifrane region. We talked about their challenges, and the future of the cooperative, as well as how they continue to grow the cooperative. Their first interest was looking for help to repair their workplace because the water used to leak inside of the building, preventing them from working comfortably during the rainy and snowy season. They said, “When it is raining, we are not working! Each one of us prefer to stay home.” HAF is looking to help cooperatives like these to solve their problems—community mapping is the best way to achieve this by engaging all the cooperative members.

 

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My last activity before returning to Fez was the visit I had to the Salam School fruit tree nursery.  We met with Al Akhawayn university students and the new director of the school to make plans to organize a tree planting event with the local schools and communities in the next two months. Thank you to all HAF partners in Ifrane and Fes region, thank you to Ecosia who founded the fruit tree nursery for the Moroccan communities.

The Moroccan Schools as Bridge to the Communities 2019-01-13T11:20:45+00:00
13 01, 2019

الانخراط في التعلم التجريبي في الأطلس الكبير بالمغرب

2019-01-13T11:19:07+00:00

إحتضن فندق قصبة أنغور بتحناوت – مراكش- في الفترة الممتدة من 14 الى 18 نوفمبر 2018م مؤتمر استطلاع الخبرات والتجارب بعنوان: مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير نموذج للمقاربة التشاركية من أجل الزراعة المستدامة: إنجازات وتحديات لتلبية أهداف طويلة الأمد على المستويات المجتمعية والإقليمية، وكان المؤتمر برعاية مركز هولينغز للحوار الدولي وبرنامج الأمير محمد بن فهد للأبحاث والدراسات الإستراتيجية بجامعة وسط فلوريدا.

وقد حضر المؤتمر مجموعة من الشركاء والممثلين من داخل الوطن وخارجه وهو أول مؤتمر تعقده مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير مع شركاء من خارج المغرب وذلك بهدف كسر الحواجز التعريفية مع الأطراف الخارجية، وتوسعة دائرة التبادل والتعارف، وقد شمل الحضور كل من:

ـ ممثلين عن مركز هولينغز للحوار الدولي بالولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.

ـ ممثلين من جامعة وسط فلوريدا.

ـ شركاء من وزارة الفلاحة بالمغرب.

ـ مسؤولي المشاريع في مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير في جهة بوجدور- فاس – وجدة.

ـ أعضاء من مختلف الدول متطوعين في مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير.

في البدء أقيم ركن تعارف بين الحضور بطريقة إبداعية تثير اهتمام الحاضرين الى مشاركة الجميع في المعارف والأفكار وتعزز دور كل فرد داخل المجموعة وتزيل الحواجز الوهمية في ظل وجود فروقات في الجنسيات والأعمار بين المشاركين.

في الجلسة الاولى التي نشطها الدكتور يوسف بن مير رئيس مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير كان الحديث حول كيفية تفعيل التنمية التشاركية والمستدامة في بيئة سياسية مواتية في المغرب، وأشار من خلالها الى مفهوم المقاربة التشاركية التي تعني المشاركة في الفعل الجماعي من كل الجهات المعنية بهدف إشراك المستفيدين في تحديد وتشخيص مشاكلهم الحقيقية بمساهمة كل الأطراف الفاعلة والمستفيدين دون إقصاء لأي طرف من الأطراف في صياغة وإنجاز وتقييم المشاريع، باعتبار أن الاستفادة من نتائج هذا العمل تعود على الجميع، كما تتخذ التشاركية مبدأ اللامركزية في التسيير لجعل المشاريع أكثر ديناميكية ومرونة وسهلة التنفيذ على ارض الواقع.

ليعرج بعدها الى التعريف بأنشطة ومهام مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير والتي تتمثل في الحفاظ على البيئة من خلال زراعة مختلف الأشجار والنباتات ونشر ثقافة الحفاظ على البيئة في المؤسسات التربوية والأرياف إضافة إلى إنشاء المشاتل لضمان عملية التكاثر وإنتاج شتلات النباتات النادرة وإرشاد الساكنة لأفضل أنواع المزروعات المثمرة التي ينصح بزراعتها في المناطق الفلاحية، بهدف ضمان نوعية المحاصيل الزراعية، واستغلال مداخيل مبيعات المنتوجات الزراعية في تمويل المشاريع التنموية.

بالإضافة الى توفير الماء الصالح للشرب في المناطق النائية باعتباره عنصر ضروري لكل أشكال الحياة فالإنسان يحتاجه للعديد من الاستخدامات مثل الطبخ والنظافة الشخصية والمنزلية وسقي المحاصيل الزراعية فضلا عن أهميته في الشرب لضمان البقاء على قيد الحياة.

كما تقوم المؤسسة بتشجيع الفلاحة البيولوجية التي تحمي البيئة وتدعم التوازن الطبيعي للمنظومة البيئية، من خلال منع استعمال المواد الكيمياوية المصنعة، وتيسير طرق الوقاية والمقاومة البيولوجية، وتعتمد كذلك على عدم استخدام أي مبيدات حشرية أو أدوية وأسمدة كيمياوية، مما يجعل المنتوجات الفلاحة البيولوجية تتميز بجودتها الممتازة وباحترامها لمعايير الصحة العامة وخلوها من أي مواد كيمياوية أو مصنعة.

وتقوم المؤسسة ببناء القدرات الذاتية والمهارات لدى أفراد المجتمع بصورة منهجية تقوم على التحفيز وتعزيز الثقة في النفس، حتى يتمكنوا من مواجهة متاعب الحياة اليومية وتجاوز العقبات وتحقيق أهدافهم المرجوة.

وتقدم المؤسسة برامج تمكين للمرأة في المناطق الريفية، لتصبح فردا واعيا ومدركا لما يدور حولها، وإبراز علامات القوة في حياتها وإكسابها قوة الثقة بالنفس لمواجهة مصاعب الحياة.

 كما أشار رئيس المؤسسة إلى ضرورة العمل على تحقيق اهداف برنامج التنمية المستدامة من خلال اشراك كل المستفيدين الفاعلين في انجاز المشاريع من اجل تحقيق نتائج أفضل على أرض الواقع

بعدها قدمت كل من فاطمة الزهراء العريبي وابتسام نيري ورشة تجريبية حول التعرف على منهجيات التمكين بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير، وتمحورت نقاط الورشة حول طرق التمكين الذاتي للمرأة المغربية في المناطق النائية والتي أحدثت تغيير إيجابي بين مجموعات النساء في تلك المناطق كإنشاء التعاونيات ومحاربة الأمية.

بعدها انتقلنا الى ورشة المقاربة التشاركية وهي الاجتماعات التي تقوم بها مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير مع القبائل المتواجدة في المناطق النائية للتعرف على المشاكل والتحديات والمشاريع التي يحتاجون اليها والتي تكون مشتركة بينهم، حيث أن الفكرة تنبع منهم من غير ان تفرض عليهم ، وهذا هو الهدف من هذه الورشة، وكانت من مخرجات هذه الورشة التي جربت على الحاضرين من طرف أمينة الحجامي والرشيد منتصر هو تحديد مجموعة من المشاريع التي من شأنها أن تساهم في تطوير نشاط مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وقد كان المشروع الأول الذي أجمع عليه المشاركون هو كتابة قصص نجاح المستفيدين المتعاملين مع مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير.

أما في اليوم الثاني من المؤتمر فقد نظمت زيارة ميدانية لأحد مشاريع مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بإقليم الحوز، وهي عبارة عن تعاونية نسائية بالجماعة القروية « أوريكا » والتي أنشأتها المؤسسة قبل خمس سنوات حيث بدأت بثمان نساء والآن ارتفع عددها الى 35 امرأة مشاركة.

بعدها انتقل الحضور الى مشتل الأشجار المثمرة في منطقة  » تادمامت » والذي يحتوي على شجر اللوز والجوز والذي يتم توزيعه على عدة مناطق في المغرب في الجنوب والشرق والشمال.

كما تمت زيارة قبيلة « أنمر » التي استفادت من برنامج التمكين الذاتي للمرأة حيث بفضله التمسوا التغيير والتمكين لدى المرأة وبناء قدراتهم الذاتية.

في اليوم الثالث كانت هناك ورشة تعريفية بجامعة فلوريدا، وبعدها قدم ممثلها « أ. بيتر جاك » النتائج التي توصلوا اليها من خلال زيارتهم الى المغرب في هذا اليومين، حيث عرضوا مجموعة من التحديات التي يعاني منها المغرب والتي يمكن للمؤسسة ان تعمل على تحقيقها وانجازها في المستقبل، ومن بين هذه التحديات: الماء ـ التعليم ـ العمل والشغل ـ المرافق الصحية ـ المال ـ الوعي السياسي.

بعدها أشرف كل من « توماس كريسمان » و »جورج زاليدس » بتقديم ورشة تعريفية عن مصادر المياه بالمغرب وكيفية استخدام اساليب وطرق لمعالجة مياه الصرف الصحي، واستخراج بعض المواد الأخرى مثل المادة الرمادية التي تستعمل للغسيل والسقي وهي تساعد في تكبير الأزهار وتربية الأسماك وصناعة مختلف الأشياء، كما تم التعرف على طرق مراقبة التربة لإدارة الجفاف وضمان الزراعة الدقيقة والتنبؤ بالحريق وتغير المناخ، كما تم التعرف على المواد التي يتم استخراجها من الزيتون وهي مادة البوليفينون والتي يصل سعرها عشرة أضعاف سعر زيت الزيتون.

وقد توصلوا في الأخير الى التركيز على مشروع تعويض الكربون من الثروات الغابية وعرضه في السوق العالمية واستغلال تلك المداخيل في مشاريع تنموية بالمغرب تساهم في توسيع دائرة التأثير.

تجربتي خلال هذا المؤتمر كانت فرصة للقاء مع العديد من الشخصيات من مختلف الجنسيات، من خلال اللقاءات الجانبية في مائدة الطعام أو مختلف مرافق المنتجع الساحر، فكلها كانت مفيدة بتبادل الثقافات والقناعات وحتى المواهب والقدرات مما ترك لي ذكريات سعيدة خالدة في الذهن وهذا ما ترجمته أجواء الوداع المؤثرة خلال آخر وجبة عشاء بكلمات من ذهب.

ومما لا يجب المرور عليه مرور الكرام أداء المنظمين خلال أيام المؤتمر فقد كانوا في المستوى، واعترف لهم بالفضل الكبير في التسيير المحكم لفقرات البرنامج، فانا محتاج لتطبيق تلك الخبرة في الجزائر في الفعاليات التي أكون فيها مثلهم منظما.

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الكاتب: إبراهيم بحماني الراعي

مراكش: 23 نوفمبر 2018

الانخراط في التعلم التجريبي في الأطلس الكبير بالمغرب 2019-01-13T11:19:07+00:00
13 01, 2019

Fostering corporate-community partnerships: HAF attends regional OCP company meeting

2019-01-13T11:16:04+00:00
by Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF Volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow

On my first site visit as the newest member of the HAF team, I joined Errachid—our project manager and volunteer coordinator—on a visit to El Youssoufia to attend a regional OCP Company meeting. Formerly known as Office chérifien des phosphates, OCP holds economic importance in Morocco as a globally leading phosphate exporter. In the 2013 growing season, OCP supported HAF’s human development projects in the Rhamna province. In 2017, OCP launched act4Community, an initiative requiring OCP employees to volunteer on community projects for 1-4 weeks. At the meeting we attended, employees that completed their community service reported on their experiences, attendees contributed to discussions about improving and expanding partnerships, and we invited the new OCP director to engage with our development efforts.

act4Community representatives spoke of the group’s priorities in the areas of agriculture, enterprise, social work, and environmental protection. Moreover, under each focus area, they outlined their approach, which included activities like training agricultural cooperatives on poultry farming, supporting women’s cooperatives, sending doctors to treat children in schools, and distributing winter clothing to children. Participating employees then reported on their experiences. One volunteer highlighted how the doctors visiting the school challenged the inaccessibility of doctors as figures solely functioning in hospitals. Another discussed the development of a province-wide quinoa-growing project and the benefits of growing the plant in a province with water problems. A few conference attendees then offered their comments, including a call for more communication between volunteers as well as cross-collaboration with existing civil society work groups.

During the tea break, we met OCP’s director, Ramzi Abdel Kareem, and Errachid familiarized the new director with HAF’s participatory approach and projects. After Errachid described HAF’s proposals for projects in El Youssoufia, including a clean drinking water initiative in Gantour rural community and fruit tree nursery in Allal Lfassi High School; Abdel Kareem expressed interest in visiting HAF’s tree nurseries in Assalam school in Ifrane and Lhossin Ibno Ali. They then discussed more of HAF’s programs, including those focused on women’s empowerment.

We carpooled back to the taxi station, and left satisfied that OCP’s act4Community efforts aligned with HAF’s approach.

Errachid (right) discusses HAF’s approach and projects with OCP Director Ramzi Abdel Kareem (left).

Fostering corporate-community partnerships: HAF attends regional OCP company meeting 2019-01-13T11:16:04+00:00
2 11, 2018

NEWSLETTER: PEOPLE GATHERING FOR DEVELOPMENT

2018-11-02T16:14:21+00:00

The planting season, which starts Morocco in December and concludes in March, is like no other time of year. It offers a window for sowing the best of benefits this world could offer--sustenance, livelihoods, flourishing nature, and justice, for now and for generations. This precious time opens its door in just six weeks, and for the sake of doing all we can to reap its benefits, we must prepare.


The High Atlas Foundation has the enormous responsibility to transplant from its nurseries nearly one million organic fruit saplings with family farmers and schools in all regions of Morocco.  And then, we must replant more than one million in those expanding nurseries.

It is truly no understatement to say that your partnership will not only help us achieve this goal for rural communities in all parts of the nation, but also the dreams of the incalculable more who so eagerly seek and need this opportunity.

If you have been inclined to give, please give now
. If you have felt the urge to immerse your hands in earth, please do so with us. Tree planting is about women's empowerment, intercultural solidarityand youth's opportunity.

We kindly ask, try your best to plant where you are, and with us.

Wishing you happy planting, now and forever,

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D.

President

High Atlas Foundation
Marrakech


FULFILLING MOROCCAN DEVELOPMENT VISIONS


By Fatima Zahra Laaribi HAF Financial Manager and Women’s Empowerment Trainer

 

The event “Fulfilling Moroccan Development Visions,” held the 9th of October 2018, began with expressions of gratitude to The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) for organizing such an important gathering…Read More

 
 

المشاريع المستدامة في المغرب

 

سعيد بناني
مدير مشروع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير

 

حسب وزارة الشباب والرياضة، فمراكز حماية الطفولة هي تلك الفضاءات التابعة لوزارة الشباب والرياضة تتولى مهمة إعادة تربية الاحداث الجانحين المحالين عليها
اقرأ المزيد...







 

MUSLIM-JEWISH GOODWILL BLOSSOMS IN MOROCCO


 

Yossef Ben-Meir
HAF President

 

Since 2012, the Moroccan Jewish community has been helping local farmers by donating land around ancient cemeteries for the planting of fruit tree nurseries…Read More

EFFECTIVE PRACTICES TO SUSTAIN DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO

 

By Kerstin Opfer
HAF Operations Manager

 

Natural landscapes are declining worldwide. Approximately 30 percent of the world’s natural forests are expected to be lost by the end of this century…Read More




 

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER CAMPAIGN IN BOUJDOUR: A PROJECT OF HAF AND SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

By Amina El Hajjami (HAF’s Director of Projects),
Hana Ezaoui (HAF’s Project Manager in Boujdour), and Indrianty Lihardinata (HAF Intern from Pepperdine University)

 

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) have been partnering since July 2018 to promote
…Read More


 

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND SHARED VISIONS FOR ADVANCING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO


By Eliana Lisuzzo
Program Assistant

 

A typical day’s work for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) varies greatly depending on the role of a staff member, the region of Morocco in which they work…Read More

 

CHANGING THE WORLD ACROSS GENERATIONS: THE STORY OF FADMA, AMINA AND THE IZOURANE COOPERATIVE


 

Jenny Spencer
HAF intern

 

Ask an American college student what they want to do in their life and inevitably, at some point, they will say some version of “to make a difference.”…Read More


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NEWSLETTER: PEOPLE GATHERING FOR DEVELOPMENT 2018-11-02T16:14:21+00:00
2 11, 2018

SIX WEEKS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF A NEW PLANTING SEASON

2018-11-02T16:22:54+00:00

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The planting season, which starts Morocco in December and concludes in March, is like no other time of year. It offers a window for sowing the best of benefits this world could offer–sustenance, livelihoods, flourishing nature, and justice, for now and for generations. This precious time opens its door in just six weeks, and for the sake of doing all we can to reap its benefits, we must prepare.

The High Atlas Foundation has the enormous responsibility to transplant from its nurseries nearly one million organic fruit saplings with family farmers and schools in all regions of Morocco.  And then, we must replant more than one million in those expanding nurseries.

It is truly no understatement to say that your partnership will not only help us achieve this goal for rural communities in all parts of the nation, but also the dreams of the incalculable more who so eagerly seek and need this opportunity.

If you have been inclined to give, please give now. If you have felt the urge to immerse your hands in earth, please do so with us. Tree planting is about women’s empowerment,intercultural solidarity, and youth’s opportunity.

We kindly ask, try your best to plant where you are, and with us.

Wishing you happy planting, now and forever,

 


Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D.
President
© High Atlas Foundation
SIX WEEKS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF A NEW PLANTING SEASON 2018-11-02T16:22:54+00:00
2 11, 2018

المشاريع المستدامة في المغرب

2018-11-13T18:19:43+00:00
 سعيد بناني
 مدير مشروع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير

مشتل للأشجار المثمرة في مركز عبد العزيز بن ادريس لحماية الطفولة بفاس « نموذجا »

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حسب وزارة الشباب والرياضة، فمراكز حماية الطفولة هي تلك الفضاءات التابعة لوزارة الشباب والرياضة تتولى مهمة إعادة تربية الاحداث الجانحين المحالين عليها من طرف السلطات القضائية طبقا لمقتضيات قانون المسطرة الجنائية، وتعمل على تقديم خدماتها التربوية باسمرار لتأمين شروط الرعاية التربوية الكفيلة بإصلاحهم وتأهليهم للاندماج في المجتمع.

وعدد مراكز الطفولة بالمغرب حاليا 20 مؤسسة بطاقة استيعابية تقدر ب 2075، منها 15 للذكور بما في ذلك ناديين للعمل الاجتماعي، و5 مراكز خاصة بالإناث. تتراوح اعمار النزلاء ما بين 12 الى 18 سنة.

تلعب التربية البيئية دورا كبيرا في ترسيخ القيم النبيلة داخل مجتمعاتنا المغربية. فكما نعلم أن معظم مجالاتنا تعاني من عدة اختلالات، من بينها والذي سنركز عليه في مقالنا هذا هو الجانب البيئي والتربوي. ومن هذا المنطلق يمكن أن نلاحظ ان معظم شبابنا الحالي يجهل أهمية العناية بالبيئة التي تحيط به، فهو يعتبرها غالبا جزاء هامشي في حياته اليومية. من هنا نود ان نشارك معكم تجربة عملت عليها مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير، الهدف منها هو المساهمة في تحقيق التنمية المستدامة على صعيد التراب الوطني. فكما هو معلوم فالتوجه الحالي للملكة المغربية أو ما يمكن أن نسميه الهدف الوطني هو تحقيق التنمية المستدامة داخل جميع اجزائها الترابية واشراك جميع الفئات المكونة للمجتمع. فوعيا منها أي مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير بأهمية المحافظة على البيئة ودعم التنمية المستدامة الذي هو من اهم شعاراتها. عملت مع مختلف شركائها على انجاز مشاريع مستدامة داخل مختلف جهات المملكة.

سنحاول أن نشارك معكم أهم هذه المشاريع ومدى تأثيرها على فئات معينة داخل أطراف المجتمع المغربي. فبفضل الشراكات التي تعقدها مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير مع باقي المؤسسات العمومية وجمعيات المجتمع المدني، تسعى الى اشراك الساكنة المحلية في إنجاح مشاريع تنموية هدفها هو ان تعالج به نقص معين ودعم في نفس الوقت للمجتمعات المحلية. النموذج الذي بين ايدينا اليوم، ما هو الا دليل على هذه المجهودات التي تقوم بها المؤسسة في مختلف جهات المملكة المغربية ومختلف القطاعات الحيوية. فبعد أزيد من سنة على مرور هذا المشروع والذي جاء من أجل إدماج فئة معينة من المجتمع المغربي داخل المسار التنموي الذي تسعى الدولة المغربية الى تحقيقه عن طريق اشراك جميع الفاعلين التنمويين.

فقد عقدت مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير شراكة مع أحد الجمعيات المحلية بمدينة فاس  » جمعية خبراء متطوعون » وفي نفس الوقت بشراكة مع مديرية وزارة الشباب والرياضة لجهة فاس مكناس. الهدف من هذه الشراكة هو انشاء مشتل للأشجار المثمرة تحترم المعايير البيولوجية، تنتج فيه مجموعة من أنواع الأشجار المثمرة، يتم توزيعها فيما بعد على الساكنة المحلية لجهة فاس مكناس، ولما لا باقي جهات المملكة. الهدف من هذا المشروع ليس فقط تزويد المجتمعات المحلية بالأشجار بل هو إدماج النزلاء والأحداث على هذا المركز داخل هذا المشروع بغيت استفادتهم من تكوين وتأطير في المجال الفلاحي وحصص مدعمة في التربية البيئية. وبالفعل تم اشراك مجموعة من هؤلاء الأطفال في العديد من الورشات التي انجزتها مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وباقي شركائها. والتي لقت أستحسان ودعما من الأطر الإدارية بالمركز بما فيها السيد المدير وكذلك الأطر التربوية المشتغلة بالمركز، دراية منهم بأهمية المشروع داخل مؤسسة عبد العزيز بن ادريس لما له من تأثيرات إيجابية على وضعية النزلاء داخل المركز، بحيث سيضاف لهم نشاط اخر إضافة الى باقي الأنشطة والورشات التي يستفيدون منها كالحدادة وأقسام التربية غير النظامية وبعض الورشات الإضافية والتي تكون في الغالب عبارة عن تكوينات محددة المدة. لذلك لم يبخلوا بدعم هذا المشروع بجميع الوسائل التي أتيحت لهم، وتتبعه عن كتب مع أعضاء مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير ممثلة في مدير مشاريعها في جهة فاس مكناس « سعيد البناني » و  » خالد الناجي » المكلف بالعناية بالمشتل.

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يصل عدد المستفيدين في بعض الأحيان خلال التكوينات الفلاحية الى 15 طفلا، بحيث يتم اشراكهم بطريقة غير مباشرة داخل النشاط الفلاحي المزاول بالمشتل. قبل ذلك قمنا بتعريف الأطفال النزلاء بدور هذا المشتل في المساهمة في تحقيق التنمية ببعض المناطق المجاورة التي هي في أمس الحاجة الى المزيد من الأشجار المثمرة لدعم مدخول ساكنتها المحلية والتي في الغالب ما تعتمد على النشاط الفلاحي كمصدر اولي للحصول على المدخول اليومي. فمشاركة هؤلاء النزلاء في المركز في هذا المشروع خول لهم المساهمة في تحقيق تنمية مجتمعاتهم، فالبذور التي تما غرسها معهم أصبحت شتلات يمكن توزيعها على الفلاحين.

نسعى دائما بالتنسيق مع أطر مركز عبد العزيز بن ادريس، الى اشراك الأطفال في هذا المشروع المستدام الذي يهدف الى انتاج أشجار مثمرة وبطريقة بيولوجية بحيث ينعدم استعمال الأسمدة الكيماوية. فالأطفال يستفيدون من تعلم مجموعة من المهارات وتلقي تعليم بيئي متوازي مع هذه الأنشطة، فكل يوم ينظم فيه الأطفال الى المشتل برفقتنا نسعى أن نشاركهم أفكار جديدة وتقنيات يمكن أن يستعينوا بها في حياتهم المستقبلية. لذلك فهم يعبرون دائما عن سعادتهم بالانضمام الينا ومعاينة وضعية الشجيرات فيما تحتاجه من عناية. (سقي وإزالة الأعشاب الضارة) يطرح الأطفال مجموعة من الأسئلة عن أسباب استعمال هذه الطريقة وما الهدف من هذه التقنية وغيرها من الأسئلة التي يطرحها الأطفال على أعضاء مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير أو الأطر المشتغلة بالمركز. ويصبح هؤلاء الأطفال أكثر سعادة عندما تكون زيارة معينة للمركز ويرافقون الزائر وهم متشوقون لتقديم التغيير الذي لحق المركز بعد انجاز مشروع المشتل، والنتائج التي تم تحقيقها، بعد ما كانوا يساهمون في العناية بالشتلات ومراقبتها تنمو. فكثيرا ما نسمع هذه العبارات تتردد على مسامعنا من ألسنة الأطفال  » أنظروا الى البذور والشتلات التي غرسناها معا، لقد أصبحت أشجارا كبيرة. إنها تنمو بشكر سريع »

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يستضيف المركز الأطفال من مناطق ومدن مختلفة، بعضهم جاء من المناطق الريفية. مما يعني أن لديهم فكرة مسبقة عن بعض الأنشطة الفلاحية، وبعضهم قد حافه الحض أن يحضر تجربة غرس أشجار معينة في أرضهم الفلاحية. أثناء وجودهم في الورشة يتشاركون أسماء النباتات المحلية التي تنمو في المركز، تسمعهم يتحدثون مع بعضهم البعض عن تلك النباتات والأشجار وكيفية التعامل معها والاستفادة منها كأعشاب طبية أو كطعم للمواشي…

أما بالنسبة لأولئك الذين لديهم تجربة أولى بالاحتكاك بالنشاط الفلاحي وعبروا عن رغبتهم في حضور بعض الورشات الفلاحية، يكون من الصعب عليهم في بعض الأحيان فهم ما يجري في مشتل الأشجار المثمرة، لكن مع حضورهم المتتالي ومشاركتهم في الأنشطة والورشات الفلاحية تتضح لهم أهمية كل مرحلة على حدة لكي تصبح البدرة شجرة.

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نتحدث في هذه التجربة عن مجموعة من الأطفال تختلف أعمارهم وخلفيتهم المجتمعية. منحت لهم فرصة التعلم من بعضهم البعض، وبتنسيق مع مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وموظفي مركز عبد العزيز بن ادريس لحماية الطفولة.

ان هؤلاء الشباب وبهذه الأنشطة والورشات المختلفة، تصبح لديهم فرصة لبناء شخصية يمكن أن تصبح محرك للتنمية في مجتمع معين. بالمزيد من التداريب والورشات التعلمية التي ننظمها للأطفال في هذه الوضعية، نساهم في نقل القدرات لتحسين وضعية عيشهم، وبعبارة أخرى يساعد هذا النوع من المشاريع (مشتل الأشجار المثمرة) على تكوين شباب أكثر نشاطا وعطاء في المجمع المغربي.

المشاريع المستدامة في المغرب 2018-11-13T18:19:43+00:00
1 11, 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER CAMPAIGN IN BOUJDOUR: A PROJECT OF HAF AND SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY

2018-11-13T18:21:07+00:00
By Amina El Hajjami (HAF’s Director of Projects), Hana Ezaoui (HAF’s Project Manager in Boujdour), and Indrianty Lihardinata (HAF Intern from Pepperdine University)

 

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) have been partnering since July 2018 to promote an environmental campaign and to provide clean drinking water for nomadic communities in the Boujdour province. The project’s mission is to build a canal of 520 meters to cool down the water and enable animals (camels, sheep, and goats) to drink. The project has been beneficial for the community as two drinking towers with pumps and motors have also been built in the Ahl Atriah and Khotot Hbia areas. In addition, four solar panels have been installed in Byar Triyeh, Khotot Hbia, Amat Sfia, and Toukb Jrifia. The HAF-SGRE partnership also facilitated several environmental campaign activities in the province on the ninth and tenth of October in Boujdour.

 

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On Tuesday, 9 October, the campaign took place in Awziouat Beach in Jrifia Commune. Approximately 100 local people–teachers, female and male students, women’s and men’s cooperative members, representatives of the local authorities, people from the media, and public social service workers–attended the event. The event started with a Koran recitation about water, the sky, land, and the stars. HAF and SGRE then spoke about how to protect the environment and diminish pollution. “We have to reduce using plastic, including plastic bottles, as plastic takes 450 years to decompose,” said Sonia Adnane from SGRE. Representatives of the students, teachers, local associations, and the environmental delegation of Boujdour also shared their thoughts on the campaign’s importance, and how unique was this day.

 

The students participated in educational drawing and singing activities, and were having fun learning more about protecting the environment. The event carried on with a beach cleanup. According to Mouhssin Allouch, a Boujdour native, the environmental campaign is crucial as people in the area are not aware of the negative impact of plastic, human health, and even that tourism can have. Amina El Hajjami, HAF’s Director of Projects, concluded the event by reminding students to be ambassadors of the environmental campaign to their peers.

 

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After the memorable event, HAF and SGRE continued the environmental campaign event on the following day at Al Masira Khadra and Annahda primary schools. The students from Al Masira Alkhdra primary school were taught the vital importance of recycling and created decorations from the recycled materials, such as paper and bottles. They also learned how to plant trees correctly before singing a song regarding the importance of environmental protection.

 

At the second school, Annahda primary, students learned how to prune and plant trees, collect waste, and paint vases. The 10th was another successful event as the teams from SGRE, HAF, local authorities, and school members had a productive discussion on how to create sustainable environmental changes at the school. HAF and SGRE will continue to facilitate participatory and environmental actions with the students in the remaining 15 schools of the Boujdour province.

 

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Finally, HAF and SGRE colleagues were fortunate to be able to visit the progress of the pump and motor installation in Om Rjilat, located 72 km from the city of Boujdour. The objective of this project is to provide drinking water for nomadic communities and the families in the province. Clean water also prevents the herds from thirst and is used for cooking and washing. In addition, solar power is also being installed near the water source to provide light, making the water accessible for everyone who lives in the desert. Mr. Laarousi, one of the nomads who was born and lives in the area, thanked SGRE and HAF for the project initiative as they no longer need to keep moving to find water. According to him, the community in Toukb Jrifia also considers the project well done because the water sources are easily reached. Also, Mohammad, who is responsible for the pump, expresses his gratitude as he finds the machine provides a convenience.

 

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It has been a beautiful three days for us at HAF and SGRE. The two-day environmental campaign became a starting point to keep Boujdour clean. We are hopeful that targeting the campaign for the youth would be beneficial as they will make it a habit and pass the legacy to the next generation. Furthermore, we understand that water is a crucial aspect in a nomadic community as they count on water accessibility the most. Together, we continue our movement to protect the environment and provide water for everyone in need.

 

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At the end, we would like to thank so much our amazing partner, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and especially Sonia Adnane and Basma Lahmine for the great job that they did from the very beginning of the project. We wish to work with you and everyone at SGRE on other projects in the future.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER CAMPAIGN IN BOUJDOUR: A PROJECT OF HAF AND SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY 2018-11-13T18:21:07+00:00
1 11, 2018

COLLABORATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE: INVESTING IN RURAL GIRLS

2018-11-14T09:08:57+00:00
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By Errachid Montassir
HAF Project manager

 

According to UNESCO, there are 10 million people who are illiterate and 1,137,546 youth who have not received a primary or secondary education. In Morocco, nearly 20,186 girls did not attend school in 2014, in contrast to 17,183 boys that same year.

Female youth are often deprived of a formal education. In 2014, 58.18% of Moroccan girls in rural areas did not go to school, opposed to 18.68% in urban areas (Eba Nguema). Lack of female attendance is attributed to the mentalities and traditions that favor boys’ education over that for girls’ as well as poor school infrastructure, which plays a major role in high dropout rates. Oftentimes, rural schools do not have accessible bathrooms and, as a result, female students are deterred from continuing their studies. In addition, work and early marriage is commonly forced upon young girls. Both poverty and ignorance lead parents to send their daughters to work as housemaids so they become a source of income, rather than a source of knowledge. These factors consequently endanger the education, health, and development of girls in Morocco.

Akrich is a rural village in Al-Haouz Province where HAF had previously implemented a successful sustainable project in which we facilitated the construction of a fruit tree nursery that now provides organic fruit trees to many regions in Morocco. Following this, HAF introduced “The Sewing Project” in collaboration with the OCP Foundation to address the ongoing problem of low attendance of girls in school. The Sewing Project is an exceptional idea that was identified by the Akrich community as a result of several participatory approach meetings, and after prioritizing their village’s needs. Specifically, they recognized that more than 30 girls could not continue their studies, and that those students have no alternative to build their capacities to achieve their goals in the future. Therefore, HAF and the OCP Foundation committed to creating a special opportunity: through an agreement that urges the provisions of sewing machines, equipment, and materials, this start up project also provides crucial trainings related to women’s empowerment, team building, and skill enhancement for the girls.

On Saturday, October 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM, HAF President Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir met with 16 volunteers from the OCP Foundation. Before spending the day on a field visit that I led, the volunteers learned about the participatory approach during a brief presentation delivered by Dr. Ben-Meir. The meeting served as a good opportunity to strengthen the relationship between HAF and the OCP Foundation, and to open doors to collaboration on future development projects with our communities.

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The volunteers and I then headed to Achbaro, another village in the Al-Haouz province. Everyone was extremely excited to meet the community and talk to them. We arrived at 11:20 AM and walked to a women’s center where we met Ms. Lbatoul, the president of a local cooperative, as well as her team of 30 women cooperative members, seven men who helped organize the meeting, and 16 children. They warmly welcomed us with breakfast prepared by the girls in the center, after which we had the chance to learn more about the cooperative and its members. The girls spoke of their ideas for the future as well as their current experiences working. Siham, one of the members said, “I cannot believe that I’m able to work and participate in the trainings when I left school after 6th grade, in primary school. I thank you all so much.” Mr. Said El Darfouli, one of the OCP Foundation volunteers replied, “We are happy to be here and meet you all. This is just a startup, and we are thankful to Ms. Lbatoul for having us. We are also grateful to the High Atlas Foundation for this enduring collaboration.”

After discussions, an expert installed sewing machines and conducted a training workshop for the girls. He taught them about the methods and steps of sewing. While the women were learning, OCP volunteers kept the children busy by playing educational environmental games with them.

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It was wonderful to meet the community and was also a remarkable day with the volunteers from the OCP Foundation leaded by Mr. Sefouar Noureddine. From this experience, I gained insight into the positive impacts of project collaboration. By working with likeminded partners, many successful initiatives could be implemented in our communities in Morocco. HAF and the OCP Foundation will continue working together to achieve several future development projects and, thus, a social transformation that will alter the lives of the women, men, and youth in Morocco.

COLLABORATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE: INVESTING IN RURAL GIRLS 2018-11-14T09:08:57+00:00