EFS – Ethnographic Field School

Foundation dar si hmad

Foundation Dar Si Hmad was founded in April 2010 in the town of Sidi Ifni, Morocco by its co-founders Dr. Aissa Derhem and Dr. Jamila Bargach. Grounding its projected work in the realities of Southwest Morocco and as a not-for-profit organization, its founders endowed it with the following institutional basis


Foundation Dar Si Hmad promotes local culture and creates sustainable initiatives through education and the integration and use of scientific ingenuity, within the communities of Southwest Morocco.


Enable sustainable livelihoods and create opportunities for low-resource communities in Morocco to learn and prosper.

Fields of Activity


With a strong environmental focus, Foundation Dar Si Hmad delivers a range of thematic educational programs that promote better understanding and management of our natural resources. We build our initiatives to include knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanistic approaches from local community members and international scholars alike.

Capacity Building

Working with youth is vital for any future progress. Foundation Dar Si Hmad works with Moroccan youth to foster learning and to develop critical skills. Our support of women participants, especially in our fog project, serves as a model for women empowerment.



Exchange & Cooperation

Foundation Dar Si Hmad promotes intercultural exchange in southwest Morocco through academic and research programs, engages in south-south partnerships, relationships with various academic institutions, and in this prioritizes indigenous languages, cultures, histories, arts and artisanal practices.

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