Dar Si Hmad Team :
Jamila is one of the founders of Dar Si Hmad. An anthropologist by training with a PhD from Rice University, she has taught at University Mohamed V in Rabat and worked at a number of NGOs in Morocco and overseas. Jamila has published several articles on adoption practices, unwed mothers, gender and development as well as the book Orphans of Islam: Family, Abandonment, and Secret Adoption in Morocco (2002). She is a lover of the South and truly believes that this region offers unique opportunities for students to learn about Morocco and to discover how applied development projects unfold in specific contexts.
Khadija was born and grew up in the ancient city of Taroudant. She holds a BA in Economics from Ibn Zohr University in Agadir. Her first work experience as an accountant at a business in Taroudant taught her focus and hard work. These are the same qualities she brings to the Dar Si Hmad team which she joined in 2015. Her colleagues have the greatest admiration for her dedication as she makes sure that each member of the team has the most advantageous conditions to accomplish their work.
Abderahmane was born in Agdz in the East of Morocco. He has worked with Dar Si Hmad since its founding. He strongly believes in Dar Si Hmad’s unique fog-collection project and he is dedicated to its success. He also volunteers at the Water School and is essential for helping the EFS programs run smoothly. He brings passion and enthusiasm to his work.
Housseine was born and raised in the foothills of Mt. Boutmezguida, in Morocco’s Anti-Atlas Mountains. He has participated, along with his community in Ait Baamrane, in the realizing of the fog-water collection system on Mt. Boutmezguida when the project was launched in 2011. Since then, he has become a part of the Dar Si Hmad team. Currently, he maintains the fog project and acts as a liaison with the households and communities for ethnographic field school activities.
Abbes earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Lyon Claude Bernard, a master in hotel management from the Vatel Institute, and then spent 8 years working in luxury hotels. He finally decided to come to Morocco to focus on permaculture and agro-ecology. Today Abbes is working on developing a permaculture project at DSH, which aims to use excess water from our fog nets to promote reforestation and revitalization of ancestral agricultural techniques.
Mounir specializes in water issues in the development context. He has 20 years of experience in organizing, building, and training rural communities in water protection with a variety of organizations in Morocco, including CARE International and ADEFRAM. He has a degree in Physical Science and Fluid Mechanics from University Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech. Mounir joined Dar Si Hmad in 2014 to manage its innovative fog-collection project which he does with conviction and dedication.
Maisie is a New York City native who lived in Paris before moving to Agadir in September, 2016. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in women’s and gender studies and Middle Eastern studies, and first fell in love with Morocco during a semester abroad in Fes in 2008. Maisie returned to Morocco twice to lead programs for the Experiment in International Living, and spent 2014-2016 pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Science Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). She is especially passionate about women’s rights, being in the outdoors, hiking, hot yoga, and couscous.
Hadda was born in Azrou, in the heart of the Middle Atlas and the cedar forests. She has worked in many hotels and is passionate about sharing her culture with others. She has worked at Dar Si Hmad since 2012 and enjoys ensuring that our students, researchers, and visitors have the most positive experience possible during their stay.
Abdellah manages all of DSH’s accounting and finances. He holds a degree from Ibn Zohr and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree. He has a background in management in large multinational companies, but is thrilled to be working for a small non-profit that values solidarity, support, and community development.
Volunteers and Former Employees:
Rebecca is a PhD candidate at King’s College in London, where she specializes in Environmental Justice with a concentration in the MENA region. She came to DSH at the end of 2015 as a researcher and found the projects so inspiring she decided to remain on board and be our social media manager. Rebecca likes to share DSH experiences with others. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter and she would love to hear from you.
Hafsa is originally from Taroudant but has spent her entire life in Agadir. She worked with DSH as a project coordinator during its very early stages. Today Hafsa is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She represents DSH at conferences and other meetings in the USA.
Marouane was born and bred in Agadir. He joined Dar Si Hmad in early 2013. He received a Master’s degree in Marketing & Sales Operations from the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion and was a Google Student Ambassador in Ibn Zohr University. He started doing community service and participating in extracurricular activities after an enriching experience in the USA as a Moroccan youth ambassador in Tucson, Arizona in 2008. Today, Marouane is pursuing his MBA at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in the U.S. after receiving a prestigious Fulbright Grant. Marouane represents DSH in ECOSOC and continues doing evaluations of DSH project.
Mahdi grew up in Oulad Teima, a small town outside of Agadir. He did extensive volunteer work as a teenager where he learned a lot and was inspired to continue his work in NGOs. He received a scholarship as a Youth Leader from the US Middle East Partnership and was able to visit the US for an intensive training. In 2015 Mahdi was a RISE program participant and impressed the staff of Dar Si Hmad so much with his dedication and drive that he was hired soon after. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at ENCG.
Natalie is a DSH intern from Houston, Texas. She recently graduated from the
University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Arabic and English. She
previously spent time in Rabat on a study abroad program in 2015, and is now living in Agadir where she teaches English as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at ENCG. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and exploring various cities in Morocco.
Jade is originally from Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, but she has lived in the Mediterranean region since 2012. She has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and previously worked for the United Nations social and economic research commission (UN-ESCWA) in Beirut. Her love for Morocco began in 2011 when she studied abroad in Marrakech and Fes, and she has since returned many times to visit and conduct research. Dar Si Hmad’s Ethnographic Field School gave her the opportunity to share this love with other students and researchers drawn to Morocco’s beautiful southern coast.
Hamou Ali, Zaina
Zaina was born in the area of Ait Baamrane where we work. She received her primary education in the rural school of her village until the age of 11. Following this, she began working, like all the women of the region, in chores allotted to women. She has spent years bringing water from wells to her household and today, as water is flowing inside her home, Zaina is the liaison for DSH along with some of the other women of the villages. Zaina has a sense of initiative and a lot of courage, she is a living example of resilience and ingenuity for all of us at DSH. She represents the real, yet unexploited, potential that women have in the regions where DSH works.
Alex was born and grew up in Storrs, Connecticut in the United States. He is a recent graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where he majored in International Studies and Arabic. He previously participated in a study abroad program in Morocco, and lived in Meknes and Rabat for 6 months in 2015. After receiving a Fulbright grant, Alex is now an English Teaching Assistant at ENCG Agadir for the 2017-2018 academic year and is excited to be participating in the work of Dar Si Hmad. He loves anything to do with history, and is an especially passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Salma started as a RISE participant, then an EYA, and now Salma is an intern at DSH, working as an assistant to the Executive Director. She is currently a senior at ENCG, Agadir majoring in Finance. Salma is curious about the world, loves literature and has a special interest in learning languages on her own!