Meet Dar Si Hmad operational team:
Jamila is co-founder of Dar Si Hmad along with Dr. Aissa Derhem. An anthropologist by training with a PhD from Rice University, she has taught at University Mohammed 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 and the DSH fog-initiative. 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 MA’s degree from ISCAE in Management (2020 Casablanca), and 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 as well as the CELAR run smoothly. He brings passion, loyalty 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 realization 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.
Samira ARJDAL is an engineer from the National School for Applied Sciences ENSA of Agadir, class of 2013, where she studied Energy and Environment Processes. As a very dynamic young lady, she is the first Moroccan African to participate in the largest electric vehicle rally in the world Wave Trophy in Switzerland. She is the organizer of RIVE Maroc, which is the 1st rally of electric vehicles in Morocco. Samira is a DIY enthusiast and she is committed to raising the awareness about responsible consumption.She joined Dar Si Hmad in June 2020 as an Office Manager. Today, she is in charge of the internal administrative management, coordination, supervision and the monitoring of the projects.
Mounir specializes in water within the development context. He has over 20 years of experience in organizing, building and training rural communities in water protection with a variety of organizations based in Morocco, including CARE International and ADEFRAM. He has a degree in Physics, focusing on Fluid Mechanics (1991) from University Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech. Mounir joined Dar Si Hmad in 2014 to manage its innovative fog-collection project which he does with conviction and dedication.
El Haouti, Salwa
Before joining the staff of the organization as a Communication officer, Salwa was first a beneficiary of the RISE program, the theme of which was Citizen Journalism at Dar Si Hmad, when still undergraduate at Ibn Zohr University, Agadir in 2019. She then worked as assistant for the 2nd edition of the Summer Tech Camp, summer 2019. Today, she is still pursuing her Masters Degree in Tourism, Communication and Development at Ibn Zohr and works at Dar Si Hmad by managing RISE, the Communications department and assists in the EFS program.
Hadda was born and bred 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. Her cooking and dishes are always rated as outstanding.
Mohammad is one of the beneficiaries of the fog water collection project. He was born at the foot of Mount Boutmezguida and has continuously walked its trails since childhood. Today, Mohammad is a specialist in building CloudFishers and is an essential liaison in DSH’s organic relationship with his community. Mohammad is a very resourceful person, quick-learner and very skilful, he strongly cares about his region and cannot see himself living anywhere else while other young people of his age dream and emigrate to the big cities.