Water School, renamed the Oasis School
In October 2013 we began with some impromptu visits to the primary schools of Id Aachour and Id Soussan. The local Delegation for the Ministry of Education encouraged us by signing a partnership agreement with us, and slowly a curriculum began emerging thanks to the contributions of professional volunteers and our fundraising campaigns. Classes started timidly this first year, but since 2014, the Water School has taken on the dimension of a full-fledged program as more beneficiary schools were added. With lunch on site, teaching and hands-on, excursions and discovery, the water school started receiving external funding and became more ambitious given the positive impact on children and the very encouraging return we had from the families. In 2017, we started to work on the school gardens, and from here imanated the idea of the oasis, the schools gardens to become spaces for growth for the children who embraced the initiative wholeheartedly. Check our publication, open source curriculum to download.
AGRO-ECOLOGICAL TRAINING AND SUPPORT
With the Agdal Ibrahim Id Aachour Farm project in progress, DSH launched starting September 2019, a series of training in agro-ecology benefiting the immediate neighbors of the farm who, at the same time, participate in the work of the Agdal Ibrahim Id Aachour. With the backing of our financial partners, we have been able to offer material support to farmers and we plan to broaden the scope of our actions during the coming seasons. Stay tuned!!
FUNCTIONAL LITERACY WORKSHOPS AND EMPOWERMENT
Over a period of 3 years, from 2014-2017, DSH organized functional literacy workshops for the women beneficiaries of the fog collection water project. Although these women have regained the hours formerly reserved for the water chore, they continue with heavy workloads and limited access to financial improvement. At their request, we organized these workshops and invited trainers instructors to respond to their needs. Today, these women are our first interlocutors in the villages and the question of gender is essential and omnipresent in the setting of each and every project we consider.