Improve Rural Moroccan Schools: Sami's Project

 
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It is our sincere pleasure to convey to you that during this 2016 planting season we distributed and planted 20,400 fruit trees with 120 schools located in nine provinces of Morocco, including 42 municipalities.

 The attached tables summarize the locations, the tree varieties and the number of students (130,000 total) that participated in this national effort. We call this initiative Sami’s Project in loving memory of the sweet child and his complete love of nature.  We are grateful to Sami’s father Rachid, the Embassy of Switzerland, YSL Beaute and the very kind individuals in Morocco and the United States who supported this project.

 In addition, we highly appreciate the Education Delegation of the Province of Ifrane for our partnership agreement that enables planting community fruit tree nurseries on land lend by schools. We are also thankful for the schools in Smimou and Boujdour who also kindly lent land for this national agricultural imperative.

 Tthese initiatives raise the consciousness of our children in regards to their stewardship of the natural environment and the enormous health and profitability that comes with organic cultural practices.

 It is our humble hope that the next planting season and all the ones that may follow that together and with ever more partners we may plant with the children of Morocco as far and as wide as possible.                                     

It is our sincere pleasure to convey to you that during this 2016 planting season we distributed and planted 20,400 fruit trees with 120 schools located in nine provinces of Morocco, including 42 municipalities.

The attached tables summarize the locations, the tree varieties and the number of students (130,000 total) that participated in this national effort. We call this initiative Sami’s Project in loving memory of the sweet child and his complete love of nature.  We are grateful to Sami’s father Rachid, the Embassy of Switzerland, YSL Beaute and the very kind individuals in Morocco and the United States who supported this project.

In addition, we highly appreciate the Education Delegation of the Province of Ifrane for our partnership agreement that enables planting community fruit tree nurseries on land lend by schools. We are also thankful for the schools in Smimou and Boujdour who also kindly lent land for this national agricultural imperative.

Tthese initiatives raise the consciousness of our children in regards to their stewardship of the natural environment and the enormous health and profitability that comes with organic cultural practices.

It is our humble hope that the next planting season and all the ones that may follow that together and with ever more partners we may plant with the children of Morocco as far and as wide as possible.

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Every planting season has its own life story. We are at that time of the year when it has just concluded.

This year, as every year, we gave it all the energy and resources that we could muster.  Here are the incredible results and our deepest hopes for the future.

In the past 12 weeks we planted more than one million fruit seeds and saplings in twelve community nurseries and with 120 schools, in 15 provinces of Morocco.

It took us eleven years to plant our first million in the Kingdom, and now we have accomplished the same in almost as many weeks.

This is our seventh record breaking year in a row. During this 2016 season we planted more than three times the amount we did in 2015.  As the trees mature, 50,000 people will benefit from the income, food security, and robust environment.

The nurseries are made possible by the grants of land for 5-10 years from public schools, the High Commission of Waters and Forests, cooperatives, municipalities, associations, and the Moroccan Jewish Community.  We are grateful for our partnerships to end rural poverty.

Planting seasons are not just about seeds, soil, and water – they are also about seizing opportunities and using the momentum and finite time frame to generate greater support.  The coming together of people is the storyline that marks each season unique, each with its trials, each a redemption.

We would like to have planted many times more than we did.

We would like to take to scale the model that would deliver one billion trees and plants to the nation.

We would like to expand to new places the agricultural value-chain that would certify the people’s product as organic and process and sell it in Morocco and other countries.

We would like to reach further, touch more, enable more dreams to come true.

We have a dream to plant far and wide, in all places, and with all people that say ‘Yes, that is the future we want.’

The end of a planting season at the High Atlas Foundation and for most every farmer is already filled with thoughts of next year. 

We pledge this true and heartfelt creed that no soul will be denied trees and the everlasting goods that they yield.

Happy End to the 2016 tree planting season, Happy Beginning for every season, united in purpose.

Yours sincerely,

The High Atlas Foundation

HAF President and students from the school
HAF President and students from the school

Since 2003, HAF has planted over 1.3 million seeds and trees throughout the Kingdom. In 2015, HAF planted a record-breaking number of trees: 320,000 fruit trees and seeds throughout all of Morocco, of this, 15,809 trees planted in 86 schools and reaching over 17,800 students.  In 2014, we planted trees with 67 schools. 

It is in light of the 2016 planting season, which has already begun, we have the opportunity to plant more seeds that we have in our entire history as an organization.

Specifically, for Sami’s Project, HAF has the potential to reach over 36,200 students at 113 schools throughout 44 Municipalities in 11 Provinces in Morocco. These schools and communities have identified local priorities and needs for which species to plant, over 17,100 in total. The pedagogical gardens that could be grown from these quantities, would greatly stimulate the learning environment and engage entire communities.

Growing environmental stewards of Moroccan reinforces community efforts to identify, prioritize and implement community-led development projects. Sami’s project supports policies like the Plan Maroc Vert and the “éco-école” program of the Mohammed VI foundation for the Protection of the Environment, among others. These efforts lay the future for a sustainable, stimulated and green Morocco for generations to come. Knowing of your deep commitment to inspire participatory environmental education, we hope to work together to facilitate human development throughout Morocco.   

With the planting season already under way, we hope with all our heart that we achieve the 2016 Sami’s Project potential and at the many other schools in years to come. It is therefore, that I would kindly like to request your support of HAF this planting season to allow Moroccan school children to opportunity to reap the benefits of the seeds sewn. We look forward to our collaboration to make a real difference in the lives of Moroccan school children.

HAF President & A. Guahouane working for project
HAF President & A. Guahouane working for project
The female students from the school in Bouchane
The female students from the school in Bouchane
Trees change their future
Trees change their future

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The HAF is concluding two new partnership agreements in the Rahmna province. These partnership agreements include planting botanical gardens and tree nurseries to benefit the school children and the surrounding rural communities. The partnerships also include environmental awareness workshops that are interactive, fun, and informative.

The first partnership agreement is with the school of Bouchane and there a nursery of olive and pomegranate trees will be planted in an area of 2,500 square meters. Over a five year period, this will generate approximately 100,000 trees which will be distributed to 40 villages in the area and will benefit approximately 8,000 people. With your kind and thoughtful support, we can implement this project starting January 2016. 

The second partnership agreement is with an elementary school in Ait Taleb. Here, school children and families will plant a botanical garden of local wild medicinal plants which, if cultivated, have market value while at the same time, they promote bodily health and environmental strength. The HAF looks forward to sharing knowledge about these plans and how they can be an important part of improving rural incomes and sustainably addressing rural poverty. We hope very much that you join this partnership to benefit rural Moroccan families who will happily give their time and energy to implement these projects if the seeds and tools are provided. 

HAF with partnership with Kaihina Giving Beauty builds two bathrooms in a rural elementary school location Switer. 

 

There are over 100 rural school in the Al Haouz province that are without bathrooms and clean drinking water, and we have developed a project proposal to meet this major need. Not only does this create discomfort and illness amongst children, but also tragically, sequesters girls participation in education. We are dedicated to building the infrastructure of schools in order to maximize the attendance of all children and create accessibility so that teachers can spend all of their workday at their schools rather than spend a major portion of their time traveling to their work locations or being rained or snowed out completely. 

 

Adapting national curriculum to the specifics of Morocco’s diverse regions is an essential part of gaining understanding and building knowledge. Even as we do this, we must also dedicate ourselves to building the schools to begin with and the necessary amenities so that our children learn, share, and grow in the healthiest and safest place possible. Community-wide meetings where local people identify the projects important to them always include school infrastructure as a top priority.

 

On behalf of them, and our partners we kindly ask that you support this community mission which is about justice and prosperity. We can immediately build bathrooms and clean drinking water systems in the provinces of Azilal, Al Haouz, Essaouira, Rhamna, Boujdour, Ifrane, Taza, Oujda, Taroudant, and Chichaoua. Sami’s Project is inclusive of all these components including curriculum and infrastructure building to enhance the lives of Moroccan youth.  

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Jacqueline Seeley

New York City and Marrakech, NY (US) & AlHaouz (Maroc) Morocco

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