By Jamila Bargach - Executive Director of Dar Si Hmad
We have two different set of news, the bad and the good. I will start with the bad in order to keep the smell of the good with you, dear reader, like the flowers in the school gardens. Sadly, we had to cancel the program of the Water-Oasis School as we went in total lockdown starting in March. But the beautiful gardens of the two participating schools needed to be watered and taken care of. The pupils took turns to go and water the small school gardens. We are also so happy to say that we at the organization continued providing water for the villages and the schools despite the fact this is a dry year, the rain has been very little. Fog has and continues to provide us with sufficient water to meet the needs especially that of washing hands to stay safe and healthy.
Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support the education of rural Amazigh children in the Atlas mountains.
Feb 12, 2020
The growth of the school garden
By Jamila Bargach - ED
Planting & Watering
We are so excited to report that the work continues in the schools of our fog-fed region. We continue growing plants and we continue monitoring and teaching the eager children. The school gardens have grown and now it is only maintenance we do; in this one school of Ihamchiwen, it is the pupils themselves who now continue to pass on the information to the younger ones. As we organize our by-monthly visit, we were so surprised by the eagerness and the knowledge passed on down to the new class. The peer-teaching is emerging as a very powerful tool and we are so happy to see the flame still alive and well.
We are now investing in our new Id Aachour Agdal Farm. As we lay the foundation for the work, we invite the children to come and see, bear witness to the work so that they understand and experience first hand how transformation of a loved soil happens. As the communities still await the rain even when the signs of a severe draught are high, we have some water collected from our fog CloudFisher to give to the farm and school-gardens. These pupils, like their parents, understand very well the impact of water-scarcity and what watering the land means: hope, sustainability, and survival. And, likewise, for us the messages of hope, sustainability and survival are our primary goals. Thank you all for making this possible.
The Colourful School Garden
The Id-Aachour Agdal Initiative: From Dry to Green
Nov 13, 2019
Enlarging the scope of activities
By Jamila Bargach - Executive Director
The Travelling Spectacle Truck
The Moroccan NGO "Spectacle for Everyone" based in the North of the country, Tangiers, drove all the way to the South of Morocco after DSH had contacted them and invited them to our site. They drove for over 24 hours in their mobile truck, a truck that functions as a theatre, a library and a training center. For this one presentation for the children participating in the Environmental Education program, such an event was unique on this Saturday November 9th. They have never seen a play before, they have never experienced a show like this, this has been a marking and out of the ordinary experience for them. The children were happy and excited, as well as the participating parents and the school administration.
In addition to this special event, we continue working with the children on the school internal gardens. For the beginning of the planting season, we have received as donation new samplings and grains to continue our work with the children. The school gardens have been transformed from barren, dirt-dry spaces to now lush green with plants and insect hotels. Parents speak about how their children have brought the new knowledge of composting and working in their families' gardens back from the DSH based training. We are so proud of these children and we have you to think for your unfailing support.