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.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Dar Si Hmad Highlights of July 2020


Dar Si Hmad has resumed its normal work rhythm in just a month following the lockdown. Read through the article to learn about our highlights from July 2020.

Dar Si Hmad office hosted from the 6th to the 10th of July our friend and partner Surfrider Maroc, and provided them with a venue for their yearly training for the Beach Guardians as part of the 9th edition of their summer operation J’aime ma plage, a program designed to raise public awareness of coastal environment. This operation has been underway for the last 4 weeks now in Taghazout and Agadir, the young Guardians of the beach have shown  great commitment to this cause.

During the same week, Dar Si Hmad Instagram account reached 1K followers, and today we have over 1020 followers to whom we are very thankful for engagement and support. And as an  NGO active in disseminating educational and environmental messages both in the field and virtually, we commit to continue sharing informative and instructional content with our readers and supporters.

July 2020 also marks our meeting for strategic planning and  all of Dar Si Hmad’s team came together. The front-line employees in Aït Baamrane, Houssine Soussan and Mohamad Hamou Ali with all of Agadir staff joined in the Centre Culturel Si Hmad Derhem in Sidi Ifni. Our heated exchanges concerning the current health situation and the limitations it has imposed on us  led us to think about different project ideas and how to design them so that we keep benefitting the communities in need, whilst respecting the sanitary measures.

Next DSH completed a sociological survey carried out in the village of Taloust in preparation for its future connection to the fog-water. The survey was successfully completed, and for that we would like to thank all the interviewers who participated in it, as we salute the women of Aït Baamrane for their sincerity and their generous contribution to this work.

In the midst of July, our executive director, Dr. Jamila Bargach was invited to participate in a live panel organized by Enactus club of Morocco as part of their Sustainable Innovation Fest. Our ED contributed to the discussion of entrepreneurship in sustainably managing the natural resources. We invite you to have a look at her rich exchange of the panel, check the Enactus Morocco Facebook page.

Another big highlight of this July 2020 was our Ljamae Azgzaw and the Zero-waste concept. Our office manager, Samira Arjdal, who is a proud “consom’actrice” taught our followers on Instagram about her lifestyle and her daily eco-responsable choices. She explained how there are environmental and moral benefits to lessening one’s production of waste, and at the end of the live session she illustrated about one such product, home-made toothpaste tutorial. The live video was recorded as an IGTV in Dar Si Hmad’s account, so go and give it a look.

Finally, July 2020 was concluded with the preparations for the Summer Tech Camp. Read our previous blog article to learn more about how this initial phase of the camp went, and follow us on the social media to be notified about our upcoming article that will give you more insights about the course and the content of this third edition.

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