About me: I have been performing magic since I was a boy and while I have been a professional humanitarian campaigner and programmer. My name is Jamie Balfour-Paul using the stage name Jamie Jibberish as I use a lot of nonsense magic language! I am a UK citizen living in Lebanon (and in the Middle East generally for the last decade). A year ago I become full time as a magician but still humanitarian - thus Humanitarian Magician - for deprived and vulnerable children mainly refugees in Lebanon.
The need: There are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon; and almost half a million Palestinians (including those displaced a second time, now from Syria). 1 in 4 of Lebanon's population is a refugee.
Up to 30% of refugees - that is 450,000 - are children. whose lives along with vulnerable Lebanese kids are inevitably very hard.
What I have done to date:
For the last year I have done magic shows working with over 40 international and local charities, some with repeat shows. Work has been around the country in camps, activity centres, and overcrowded schools (shared with Lebanese kids). The objective is to help make the kids happy and smile and take stress out of their traumatised lives - hence the initiative is called Magic For Smiles. There is also potential for psycho social value through magic for which I am engaging with a university in ongoing research.
What I need funds for:
The initiative over most of the last year has been largely self-financed with only periodic modest fees, which approach I can no longer sustain. Your donations will help me expand and continue this work so more kids are reached, and possibly into Jordan. Costs cover: a) my basic living expenses in Lebanon b) transport to different centres and camps across the country and maybe Jordan c) production of promotion materials online and offline d) equipment and supplies e) marketing support f) outreach and practice time as far as resources allow. I am targeting another six months work time after which I will review both the market and further fundraising potential. I also seek limited private shows to subsidise the humanitarian, but so far have barely been able to tap that market which is also of far less interest.
I will be very grateful for any help you can give me in this opportunity before me - there are always too many kids eager for more happiness and possibility through a touch of magic in their tough lives.
For more details see Facebook MagicForSmiles and http://magicforsmiles.com/
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