Oujda Portail: The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) was founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers and is staffed by committed Americans and Moroccans alike. The foundation is committed to building on the projects undertaken by Peace Corps Volunteers and funding other development projects throughout Morocco.
In June 2006 HAF launched its “1 Million Tree Campaign” with its ambitious goal of planting– yes, one million fruit trees in Morocco. According to community input, fruit trees are much more of a cash crop than barley and corn, which is what most communities harvest. And the impact is real– as the High Atlas Foundation states on its website:
A nursery consisting of 50,000 saplings benefits approximately 5,000 people. In addition to on average doubling family incomes in four to six years, fruit trees strengthen the environment, and provide opportunities for training in new agricultural methods.
Part fundraiser, part hafla, or party, HAF has put together an event for this Friday, November 6th at the American Institute of Architects in New York. The event will be from 7:00pm until 10:00pm and tickets range from $50-$100 with the proceeds directly benefitting the communities in a $1 to 1 sapling ratio. You can’t beat that.
Take a look at the official invite and consider attending the event this Friday, or donating to the cause, regardless.