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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dar Si Hmad Highlights of June 2020

June 2020 marked a new busy start at Dar Si Hmad as all employees returned back to the office on the 10th, when the lockdown period was finally over. This return was unique in so many ways and even though we had not seen each other for almost 3 months, touch greetings were and are strictly banned since we are still under the health emergency state. Today, Dar Si Hmad is equipped with hand sanitizer, packages of medical bibs at the door of its office, and all of our spaces are organized in a way that respects the distancing sanitary measures.

Samira Arjdal, DSH new office manager sharing her first couscous meal with the team

This return was special also because we have a new member joining the Dar Si Hmad team. Her name is Samira Arjdal, and she is our new office manager.  Samira is an engineer from l’ENSA of Agadir and after starting her career in energy and environmental processes, she participated in the largest electric vehicle rally in the world Wave Trophy in Switzerland and organized RIVE Maroc, which is the 1st rally of electric vehicles in Morocco. Today, as the office manager of Dar Si Hmad, she is in charge of the internal administrative management, coordination, supervision and the monitoring of the projects.

Coming back to the office under these health circumstances forced us to think otherwise about our summer programs. We continue planning for future projects, both  in the field of development and education. Our agro-ecology training Afous Ghisiki will officially be underway by the end of September at Domaine Nzaha in Guelmim (stay tuned for the news). We are preparing a novel entrepreneurship training that responds to the economic and employment challenges caused by the Coronavirus locally. We invite you to actively engage with us on our social media platforms so you can be notified about the upcoming details of the project.
Finally, June 2020 was closed by the monthly green Friday Ljamae Azgzaw event, which was virtual this time also. For this session we organized a live call with the Meridian Expedition on Instagram. This initiative aims at the promotion of scientific research in the field of sustainable development,  and its members spoke at length about diverse sustainable and ecological projects happening in different parts of Morocco. The interview with them was very insightful and we are so excited to know that people all over this country believe and create in a green and responsible manner. 
July 2020 has already been filled with events, so keep reading our blogs to stay updated about Dar Si Hmad activities. 

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