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
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.
The pupils have been out of the school since the end of May 2019. They have only come to the school during June as we have organized an excursion for them so they take part the Surfrider Foundation (Agadir Chapter) sea-awareness competition.
Similarly to last year when we organized a visit to the Souss Massa Park, the children were ESCTATIC, very happy and content with this adventure. They rarely, if ever, leave the mountains and thus such a visit and competition has been a highlight of the year.
We thank all of our funders for their continuing support and we will see you next academic year when we launch this program in October 2019. We will have new children, new teachers and new ideas to contribute our overall environmental education in Morocco.
We are launching a new initiaitve in the Fall 2019, reworking the gardens and introducing new plants to the region. We have been checking on the school gardens throughout the summer lest the plants die, but the teachers and some of the students continue watering them and giving them life. We are so proud that the individual action of the school is continuining even when the school itlself is officially closed. This is the very raison d'être of such initiative, build confidence and autonomy. Thank you for helping us make this possible.
With our valued German International Cooperation partner based in Rabat, we continue working in the under-served and under-equipped rural schools of the Anti-Atlas Mountains in Southwest Morocco. WIth GIC, we have built one of the first dry and ecologically innovative toilets in one of our serviced schools.
Rural schools often lack adequate sanitation for the children which makes it even harder for girls to attend school. Lack of the facilities does account for rural girls' dropping out of school and our initiative is to serve three different goals: a. service the pupils - b. create manure for the school yard and the garden - c. convince the school authorities that this is a successufl model to be duplicated in other schools.
The young girls proud and content to be at the center for this endeavor came to the school wearing the traditional-tribal identification of the Ait Baamrane. We at Dar Si Hmad are also proud that we are able to continue servicing our community with innovative and ecologically sound initiatives. Thank you Global Givers for supporting our work and, please, look forward to our future reports.
The Oasis School Program is continuing its amazing growth. Our team has a monthly visit to the premises of the school during which we check on the status of the plants and learn from the children about what they have done so far. For this past 3 months (September through December), we are so happy to say that the plants have grown substantially and that the children and the school master are proud of the work they have accomplished. Funds were used to purchase additional seeds, to fix the water-cistern and to organize a one-week intensive for planting and weeding.
These are small acts, but their impact is immense in a region that is increasignly suffering from lack of water. This year, the rainy season was not as abundant as it should be, and desertification is keeping apace. Creating a small Oasis is an activity and an engagement that acts as a buffer and especially creates hope that acts do bear fruits. So far, 3 primary schools in this region have contacted us as they want to replicate this program. We are again happy and proud that this garden is begetting other gardens. Please stay posted with us.
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