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.
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.
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.