Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2010 promoting local culture and sustainable initiatives through education and the integration of scientific ingenuity in Southwest Morocco. We operate North Africa's largest fog harvesting project, providing villages with access to potable water. Our Water School and Girls' E-Learning Programs build capacity in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Through our Ethnographic Field School, researchers and students engage with local communities in Agadir, Sidi Ifni, and the rural Aït Baamrane region for meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Dar Si Hmad Highlights of May 2020

Dar Si Hmad staff entered their third month under confinement in May 2020. This month, we were granted an extended weekend as Labor Day came on a Friday. Virtual work was then resumed the following week to carry on the developmental projects in Aït Baamrane, and to continue spreading our environmental values to the largest public possible.

As Ramadan was still underway in the beginning of May, we kept refreshing our social media platforms with daily ecological spiritualities. The quotes we shared in this regard were carefully chosen so as to incite our followers into connecting their spiritual awareness with the environmental realities all around us. The International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd  was especially a highlight for us. Moreover, and thanks to the efforts of our former intern Gari De Ramos, we could share more lessons from the UN 2020 Water and Climate Change Report that not only gave us the factual information about the climate impact in the world, but had more of our followers engage with the information, both the spiritual and the scientific.

On May 2020, we also unveiled our new environmental project to be run in partnership with Domaine Nzaha, a permaculture farm cooperative in the desert of Guelmim. We announced this news on our third session of our monthly program Ljamae Azgzaw. The latter, on May 30th,  was this time live from Instagram, and in it we talked to our followers about agroecology and its benefits on the environment and the positive socio-economic effects for the communities to have adopted this holistic way of agriculture. This is the core of our upcoming project to be launched once the health situation in the country improves. We do recognize and wholeheartedly thank the High Atlas Foundation for its financial support.

What really made the highlight of May 2020 despite our confinement, we all agree in the office is the several videos we received from our former interns, volunteers and researchers who, when they learnt we were updating our website, recorded their testimonies about their experiences in Dar Si Hmad. Their statements were a great motivation for us, and they will forever be appreciated. Please be on the lookout for them… their publication is coming up soon. 

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