When I first arrived in Morocco over ten years ago, I was fascinated to find the remote communities of the High Atlas Mountains still living as they had done for hundreds of years - girls finishing school at the age of 13 with little or no hope of a future outside of marriage, if it came their way.

With no scholastic achievements of my own, it dawned on me that I could in fact teach skills and creativity as I had learnt myself, from which they could perhaps find a livelihood – and in turn, the deep satisfaction that comes from having an occupation to enjoy and feel proud of. It’s quite wonderful to come across an opportunity to help others. 

Virgin Unite, Eve Branson Foundation, woodwork centre

I jumped at the challenge and now all these years on, our model continues to grow and the skills and self sufficiency that we have been teaching in the area for the past decade will be passed on for generations – a lasting legacy. 

Most recently, our wonderful trainees at the Tansghart Woodwork Centre in Asni spent a week creating a striking wooden duck as part of a charming competition being run by the teams at Virgin Management and Virgin Limited Edition. It’s a wonderful creation made from reclaimed wood from felled trees sources from the river valley between Tansghart and Kasbah Tamadot.

Virgin Limited Edition, Eve Branson, woodwork, give a flying duck

Now while some of you may have come across pictures of these little Virgin ducks gallivanting around the world on social media, I’ll let Richard explain further – it’s a jolly fun competition.

Congratulations to our wonderful trainees – you make me so very proud – and happy flying to all the other Virgin Limited Edition ducks as they continue in their travels... something tells me that at 45cm wide, 125cm long and 95cm high, our wooden duck will be staying grounded!

Virgin Unite, Eve Branson Foundation, woodwork centre, give a flying duck

If you would like to see the duck for yourself you can. It currently has pride of place at the Tansghart Woodwork Centre and guests staying at Kasbah Tamadot can visit the centre as part of their stay. During your visit, make sure to take a snap of you and the duck and tag your picture using #GiveAFlyingDuck. You will even be able to carve your name on the duck as a lasting memento of your visit. Throughout 2017, we are encouraging our guests and employees alike to show how they are giving back, and a visit to this vibrant woodwork centre should definitely be at the top of your list. 

You can find out more about #GiveAFlyingDuck by searching the hashtag on social media.