For us at Dar Si Hmad and despite all the vicissitudes of 2020, the initiative Afous Ghissiki, expression in Tamazight of a hand in abandoned land, carries with it the germ of such possibility, the value of renewal and hope. Essential ingredients for an emerging form for another type of relationship to this earth: nourishing certainly, but imbued with reverence and respect, the one that teaches us humility. Funded by the High Atlas Foundation, in partnership with the Domaine Nzaha Cooperative and supported by the Al-Wifaq Association of Ougoug, we have trained beneficiaires from two Oases within the Guelmim Oued-Noun Region particularly affected by climate change in permaculture practices.
In the end, I want to revisit the image of Afous Ghissiki, this green, fertile and delicate hand. How to imagine this other world with a nourishing and not a destructive or selfish hand, ... one that cares for the whole of this ecosystem of which it is an integral part. Let’s celebrate these other forms of life as we have witnessed firsthand the healing effects of a generous and welcoming earth.