High Atlas Foundation
The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) was founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to build upon professional relationships and knowledge gained during their years of service for the continued benefit of the Moroccan people. HAF is led by a team of professional Moroccans and Americans, many of who have extensive development experience in Morocco. HAF works to establish development projects in different parts of Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF uses a participatory development approach that includes beneficiaries as active partners in every step of the development process - from prioritizing development goals to project implementation and management to monitoring and evaluation. Key to this approach is the facilitation of community planning meetings where beneficiaries together determine the types of projects they want to undertake and create action plans. HAF plans to contribute every tree planted in 2011 as a part of the One Million Tree Campaign to Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green® initiative.