Eve Branson - mother of Richard, Vanessa, and Lindy, wife of ex-Cavalry officer, Ted, grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 6 - is a force of nature.
Adventure and a fearless spirit has seen Eve take glider lessons disguised as a boy, enlist in the WRENS during WWII, appear on London’s West End stage, work as a ‘Star Girl’ on the ill-fated British South American Airways. She is also the author of numerous articles and books.
A lifelong advocate for child welfare and a devoted and tireless social entrepreneur, Eve is the Founder of the Eve Branson Foundation, providing training and income-producing projects for local communities in Morocco.
Now in its 12th year, the EBF began when son Richard was attempting to fly a hot air balloon from Morocco to France. The balloon adventure was less than successful, but Eve was introduced to the High Atlas Mountains, its remote villages and the Berber communities she fell in love with and pledged to help.
“When I first arrived in Morocco, I was fascinated to find the remote communities of the High Atlas Mountains still living as they had done for hundreds of years – no electricity or running water, girls finishing school at the age of 13. With no academic achievements of my own, it dawned on me that I could teach skills and creativity, which they could use to find a livelihood.”
From humble beginnings teaching knitting skills to local girl Fatima, to skills-training programmes and healthcare initiatives, the EBF continues to grow and improve living standards for the young people of the region.