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.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Coloring Books, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, and Pencils
(English, French, and Arabic) Alphabet and Word
(English, French, and Arabic) World Maps
(English, French, and Arabic) Age Appropriate Story Books
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Xylophones
Frisbees and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
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.
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
(English, French, and Arabic) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English, French, and Arabic) Math
(English, French, and Arabic) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English, French, and Arabic) Biology, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Scrabble
Harmonicas/Kazoos and Tambourines
Frisbees, Netball/Basketballs, Tennis Balls, and Skipping/Jump Ropes
New Bras, New or Gently Used Clothing (for girls ages 13 through 18) and Shoes, and New Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Cutlery, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder
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.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, and Rulers
(English, French, and Arabic) Dictionaries
Knitwear, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing, New Underwear, and Warm Scarves
Bed Linens and Linen Sets
Bowls and Plastic Serving Cups
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Shampoos, Tampons, 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, Wire Cutters, Wool, and Zippers
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.