News for Wednesday, December 7, 2011
2011–2012 Annual Campaign Underway
My SAR Story—
I held the Campbell Fellowship at SAR last year for my project “Harvesting the Clouds: Fog Collection Technology and Gender Equality in a Berber Village, Morocco.” Scarcity of water in the arid region of Aït Baamrane in the Atlas Mountains profoundly affects the lives of women in this area, as they are forced to spend hours each day seeking water from failing wells in the rugged mountains miles from home. This dangerous and arduous work prevents them from pursuing alternative educational and economic options.
During my time at SAR, I designed a water catchment system, harvesting condensation from fog, that will eventually give women in my country—and in other marginalized parts of the world, I hope—a chance to help themselves. The system alleviates the extremely heavy work-load for women, freeing time for them to pursue positive change through empowering activities of their choice, with the eventual goal of greater gender equality. I also created an Internet site for our organization (Dar Si-Hmad), an important vehicle for publicizing and gaining funds for the development work we do.
Without the nurturing community of scholars and mentors at SAR—and the financial support of donors like yourself—I could never have achieved my goals. I hope you will participate in keeping such dreams alive for women around the world by joining in SAR’s Annual Giving campaign.
My thanks and best wishes,
Dr. Jamila Bargach, 2010–2011 Campbell Fellow
If you have not yet made your gift this year, please do so. Like so many nonprofit organizations, we rely on the annual gifts of our generous donors to continue our programs. You can easily donate securely online, or mail your gift to School for Advanced Research, PO Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87505
If you have already given, thank you for your support. From breakthrough research on human evolution and archaeological lessons from ancient societies, to ethnographic insights on critical issues like youth militias, cancer, and morality in financial markets, you’ve seen that our scholarly mission remains strong. So, too, our efforts to elevate Native American artistry and the collections of the Indian Arts Research Center, through which we increasingly engage tribal communities in cooperative processes of heritage documentation and educational outreach. Your gift makes all this possible.