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
(Arabic and French) Alphabet and Word
(Arabic and French) World Maps
(Arabic and French) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Connect Four, Puzzles, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Xylophones
Frisbees and Soccer Balls
*New or Gently Used Warm Baby and Children’s Clothing, New Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Children, and Gently Worn Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Adolescents
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
(Arabic and French) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(Arabic and French) Math
(Arabic and French) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(Arabic and French) 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 Warm Clothing (for girls ages 13 through 18), New Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Children, Gently Worn Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Adolescents, 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, Shampoos, 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
(Arabic and French) Dictionaries
Knitwear, New Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Children, Gently Worn Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Adolescents, *New or Gently Used Warm Baby and 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, 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
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.
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, *Animals, *Shapes, *Alphabet, *Numbers, *Food and Vegetables, and *Weather
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
*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
Castanets, Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Small Soft Play Toys, and *Exploration Toys
*New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing, New Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Children, Gently Worn Trainers/Tennis Shoes for Adolescents, and *Warm Baby Clothing
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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.