Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture
Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture is a Moroccan non-profit organization based in Sidi Ifni and Agadir whose mission is to promote local culture and create sustainable initiatives through education and the integration and use of scientific ingenuity with the communities of Southwest Morocco. Dar Si Hmad services local communities with numerous cultural, educational, and environmental projects. Among other things, the organization facilitates access to clean water to landlocked rural villages of southern Morocco, educates rural children about water and sustainable development, supports women-led argan and cacti cooperatives, and empowers youth to participate in the development of their communities.
Dar Si Hmad’s cornerstone project uses pioneering technology to harvest water from fog and deliver it to rural Berber communities previously without access to potable water. In symbiosis with this project, Dar Si Hmad coordinates an annual summer water school to teach children from beneficiary communities about sustainable water practices and the natural environment. A parallel program for older beneficiary youth, now the first generation from their community to leave the villages to continue their education, provides educational support services for first-generation high school students, specifically young women, from the region via an innovative e-learning platform.