Sahara Roots Foundation

A grassroots approach to reduce desertification in the Moroccan Sahara

Our Main Goals

To help preserve the Moroccan Sahara and help provide a better environment for the people living there.

Fighting Desertification Fighting Desertification

Combating Desertification: a combination of Nettoyage, Education and Tree-planting During my first trips to Morocco since 2002 I was enchanted by the beauty of nature, the friendliness of the people and the purity of the culture, especially in the area at the edge of the Sahara Desert south of Ouarzazate around the village of M’hamid […]

Tree Planting Tree Planting

Tree planting in combination with the Permaculture system and Groasis Waterboxx’s. Why plant trees? Trees help combat climate change and desertification. They absorb excess and harmful CO2. Trees help us breathe clean air and absorb odours and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone. Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability […]

Desert Cleanup Desert Cleanup

Nettoyage: The Sahara is sadly becoming polluted. This puts the fragile balance of the ecosystem of the Sahara in danger and as well as the oasis villages around the edge of the Sahara. During one of my first hiking trips in the desert area around M’hamid I saw a strange bird flying through the air. […]

Journal Posts

4 Dec 2021

Holcim Awards 2021

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“GREAT NEWS” from Sahara-Roots!! During the bi-annual Holcim Awards ceremony for Sustainable Construction at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, last weekend, the Bronze Global 2021 award & the Acknowledgement 2020 award for Middle East & Africa, was presented to our partner Aziza Chaouni architects and the other members of the Joudour Sahara project […]

12 Oct 2021


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In the beginning there was a piece of land close to the small village of Zaouia, M’hamid El Ghizlane. Due to desertification, sand was slowly taking over this beautiful site with its majestic palm trees. This land lay dormant, waiting. In October 2016 Sahara-Roots agreed with our local partner Halim Sbai, ( to start planting […]

19 Apr 2021

Sad anouncement

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We are so sorry to hear that Pieter Hoff, the Dutch inventor of the Groasis Waterboxx®, Growboxx® en Waterfilter Boxx® plant cocoons, passed away on 13 april 2021. We believe that Pieters invention inspired us to plant trees and shrubs in a much more efficient way in our fight against desertification in the dry and […]

How can you help?

  • Donate a tree for the Sahara

    Help us continue our work by letting us plant a tree in the Sahara for you“!
    In this way you contribute in:
    – helping to keep our planet green!
    – helping to stop desertification!
    – helping to educate children in the ways of sustainability
    – helping to end migration to the already full cities

    - Donate a tree for the Sahara
  • It’s about meaningful communication

    Buy our booklet ” Me and my Sahara” for 10 EURO!!
    These booklets are used by the Sahara-Roots Foundation as a tool to help educate young children in the Sahara area of Southern Morocco. The proceeds from the sale of the booklet will help to provide funds for the different educational projects of the Sahara-Roots Foundation.  Available in the following languages: Dutch/Arabic, English/Arabic & French /Arabic.

    - It’s about meaningful communication
  • Spreading the word about our work

    We love to give presentations about our work. Whether it be in the local schools or during festivals in Morocco or spreading the word in The Netherlands during meetings with different clubs such as the Rotary. This creates the possibility of fundraising by then receiving donations, selling “trees” or by selling our booklet “Me and my Sahara”.

    Please feel free to contact us for more information on our presentations! 

    - Spreading the word about our work