Accommodation

Kasbah Tamadot

Project #1

Asni Creche is a community facility providing a free-of-charge, pre-school activity center for 150 young boys and girls living in remote Berber communities in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

The Creche helps the children to socialize, play together, and start to learn Arabic and French. These languages are commonly used in Morocco but not always familiar to the Berber-speaking children.

Asni Creche needs a regular supply of learning materials, toys, and fun activities to ensure more children can benefit in the future.

An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Coloring Books, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, and Pencils

Flash Cards:
(Arabic and French) Alphabet and Word

Wall Charts:
(Arabic and French) World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(Arabic and French) Age-Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Educational Games/Toys:
Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees and Soccer Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
*New or Gently Used Baby and Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids

Project #2

Asni is a gateway for many travelers to the higher Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Asni has a large comprehensive secondary school, however transportation to the school from the mountain villages is very limited and as a result, many young students, particularly girls living in more remote villages, are dropping out of education.

To tackle the increasing challenge of access to education among young girls in the region, a project was developed to build a central boarding house in Asni for up to 100 girls from ages 13 through 18 years old so that they can attend school and continue their studies.

Thanks to the Asni Boarding House for Girls, girls are able to complete their Baccalaureate, have greater employment opportunities, and some girls are even able to go on to further education, however the house is over-enrolled and there is an urgent need for items to help sustain the project for the future.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Compasses, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Reference Materials:
(Arabic and French) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
(Arabic and French) Math

Wall Charts:
(Arabic and French) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(Arabic and French) Biology, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Scrabble

Music Instruments:
Harmonicas/Kazoos and Tambourines

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Netball/Basketballs, Tennis Balls, and Skipping/Jump Ropes

Clothing/Shoes:
New Bras, *New or Gently Used Clothing (for girls ages 13 through 18) and Shoes, and New Underwear

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Cutlery, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Project #3

The Eve Branson Foundation develops community craft houses and vocational training programs for 70 young women in the high Atlas villages of Morocco.

Women are trained by professional multilingual tutors to speak English and French, to embroider and knit, and to create high-quality artisan products from which they can generate a small income.

Each craft house requires a regular supply of materials and resources so that more young women can participate in the future and become economically self-sufficient.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers

Reference Materials:
(Arabic and French) Dictionaries

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Language/Grammar

Clothing/Shoes:
Knitwear, *New or Gently Used Baby and Children’s Clothing, New Underwear, and Warm Scarves

Linens:
Bed Linens and Linen Sets

Kitchen:
Bowls and Plastic Serving Cups

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Ceramic Paints, Clothing Catalogues, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Crochet Hooks, Earring Hooks and Gage Wire, Fabric Scissors, Fabrics, Fashion Magazines, Glass Beads for Bead Work, Knitting Needles, Knitting Wool, Needles, Ribbon, Sequins, Sewing Scissors, Sewing Patterns, Tape Measurers, Thread, Tissue Paper, Wool, and Zippers

Project #4

Berber communities are encouraged to build preschools and nurseries in the remote villages of the High Atlas Mountains, where children can thrive in a caring and stimulating environment. However, this is often with minimal financial support and limited resources to run activities and maintain the projects.

The Eve Branson Foundation recognizes that many poorer preschool-aged children in these villages are missing out on essential early years developmental play and stimulation due to a lack of even basic materials such as pencils and paper. Providing a good start for hundreds of children in these first formative years is crucial to a child’s future educational success and development. Preschools in Imskar and Tansghart are now in urgent need of a variety of stimulated learning materials and playtime resources.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, and Pencil Cases/Bags

Laminated Wall Charts:
World Maps

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes, Craft Glue, and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Educational Games/Toys:
*Coloring Books, *Crayons, Pull and Push Toys, Puppets, Arts and Crafts, Colored Paper, Play Dough, Bubbles, Jigsaw Puzzles, Activity Sets, and Plastic Brightly Colored Toys

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Small Soft Play Toys, and *Exploration Toys

Clothing/Shoes:
*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and *Baby Clothing

All the needs are current as of February 12, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.