Sahara Roots

The Sahara-Roots Foundation was founded in 2008 to help create awareness amongst the population in the area of the M’hamid village in the South of Morocco, about the importance of maintaining their beautiful environment. The activities are focussed on planting trees against desertification, assisting in clean-up campaigns and in stimulating the local school children by distributing and reading Wanda Hebly’s own-designed booklet “Me and my Sahara” in the French/Arabic language, in co-operation with local associations and authorities.
Between 2008 and 2022 the Sahara-Roots team has participated in many tree planting and environmental educational activities together with various primary/high schools in M’hamid, Zagora and Ouarzazate. We have also participated in various International EarthDay activities as well as several Taragalte Festivals.


Why the name Sahara-Roots?
— “Sahara” because M’hamid lies in the Moroccan Sahara
— “Roots” are the origins from which we as people came
— “Roots” are the roots of trees and plants
— “Roots” are necessary to keep the sand in it’s place
— “Roots” are needed to keep traditions and culture in tact
The Foundation
Sahara Roots is a family foundation. The president/founder is Wanda Hebly, the vice-president is Richard Hebly, the secretary is Wendelien Hebly, the treasurer is Adriaan Hebly en Laurens Hebly is responsible for communication, marketing and design.

About Wanda Hebly, founder of Sahara Roots
Since 1998 Wanda has worked as a tour guide during hiking and culture trips in the deserts of Jordan as well as Morocco. Her interest in desert areas was awakened during a five-year stay in the Middle East. Wanda loves to share her passion for the desert areas of Morocco and Jordan, as well as their inhabitants and their different cultures during these trips. Wanda works part-time for Valerius Reizen in Amsterdam.
Since 2007 Wanda has been working closely together with- and accompanied to Morocco by her friend and Arabic teacher Ilham Attar-Bakal of Noor Translations (+31-(0)35-6213681). Ilham has been (and still is) instrumental in bridging the communication between the local people and us and she is energizing our initiative tremendously! Ilham works as a translator for the Media and various Governmental organizations in The Netherlands. Her languages are Dutch, English, Arabic, Koerdi(Sorani) and Turkmeens. .

Goals of the Sahara Roots Foundation

  • to work together with other foundations, such as L’Association Zaila, in the area of Mhamid el Ghizlane
  • to help preserve the Moroccan Sahara and provide a better future for its inhabitants through educational activities
  • to help the inhabitants of the Sahara become aware of their threatened environment
  • to donate the booklet “Me and My Sahara ” to schools and children in South Morocco as a tool to help teach about the delicate balance of nature in their environment.
  • to help sell the booklet “Me and My Sahara” in the Netherlands and Morocco in order to be able to donate the booklets to schools in Morocco.
  • to help find funds for example, by giving presentations, that can be used for example to plant trees such as tamarisk, in order to help fight the problem of desertification
  • to invest in long term sustainable development projects such as planting of trees, with the help of the unique Groasis Waterboxx system. With this new invention we have been able to increase the survival rate of the trees that we planted substantially.
  • to encourage Eco-tourism

Wanda and Adriaan Hebly 1

Richard, Wendelien and Laurens Hebly

Halim Sbaï
In January 2003 Wanda met Halim Sbaï (co-founder of Joudour Sahara and and she was impressed by his dedication towards the people and the area of M’hamid El Ghizlane. During the years to follow Wanda learned more about the history, culture and nature of this area. Halim told fascinating stories about the long caravan journeys of their ancestors between Mali, Mauritania en Morocco and Wanda realised that again another way of life was lost.

Financials of the Sahara-Roots Foundation 2022
Financials of the Sahara-Roots Foundation 2021
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2020
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2019
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2018
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2017
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2016
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2015
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2014
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2013
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2012
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2011
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2010
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2009
Financials of the Sahara Roots Foundation 2007 and 2008

Registered with the Chamber of Commerce in Hilversum, the Netherlands,
under number 32135287 Sahara-Roots Foundation

The bank account number of the Sahara-Roots Foundation is:
Stichting Sahara-Roots in Hilversum, the Netherlands
IBAN: NL94RABO0143475525

Sahara-Roots is geregistreerd als ‘Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling’