Circus Kathmandu, Rebuilding Dreams
In 2010 thirteen young Nepalese people who had been rescued from trafficking and the streets turned to contemporary circus to build their self-esteem and to chart a path out of stigmatism and poverty.
Anna has been working along side these young people for the past few years, and is now a part of the UK based management team. Anna has set this page up and it is currently the official Circus Kathmandu fundraising page- all donations go directly to Circus Kathmandu.
For the beginning of this year Kathmandu were building their reputation and the corporate events market for them to be able to be seen as professional entertainers, not just ex-slave children (or worse).
The project was doing so well. Their dreams were just starting to fly through the air, quite literally.But disaster has struck their lives once more.
The earthquake (and continued after shocks) in Nepal have devastated the entire country and claimed many lives. We are in many ways very fortunate, none of the young people that I have worked with have died.
In a country which has no social care for people who are struggling and very limited access to basic facilities such as water, food and electricity at the best of times, this is a crisis.
We are helping the young people from the hardest backgrounds we have ever known, stories that would break your heart to a thousand pieces, build themselves up and then start to form their own business so they can stand up and themselves raise new successors.
It’s going to be a long time before people are going to be having big parties and circus fun again in Nepal. Especially in an industry which still has such a bad reputation there due to it’s association with trafficking. This means our income genrating capacity has been hugely reduced, and without fundrainding we simply will not survive.
But what Circus Kathmandu do have is an amazing capacity for outreach and we feel so glad that we are able to contribute to the amazing earth quake relief efforts that are currently underway. And this is thanks to kindness and generosity of all the people that have made donations so far- week by week we are able to keep Circus Kathmandu going and have already started to do outreach work in communities most hit by the earthquake. We are collaborating with NGOs and education programmes to bring play therapy, and light relief to the children that need it most, and also to continue with our anti trafifcking advocacy- human trafficking is predicted to rise considerably so this work has never been more important.
We are operating on a shoe string- hand to mouth. We have no backers. We have no sponsorship. We need all the help we can get.
Please, if you can, donate to help us keep Circus Kathmandu going and to cacade our outreach to help the lives of as many people we can thoughout Nepal.
Every single donation, however small, will make a life changing difference to these young people and hopefully, many, many more.
And if even if you cannot donate, please pass this appeal on.
Thanks again for all of your continued support. Please continue to share this page on facebook and other social media - as Nepal fade out of the front pages, we will need your help more than ever.
Thank you. Thank you.
Hi Jackie, I just wanted to add to Anna's message to clarify any confusion about the organisational status of Circus Kathmandu. The project did indeed start under EBT with Philip Holmes, and then moved with Mr. Holmes to Freedom Matters when he set up this charity. Freedom Matters provided invaluable incubation and support for as long as they were able, and as of January 2014 the project became an independent social enterprise. Since that time we have not had any sponsorship or organisational support. Our aim has been self-sustainability and we were managing to support half of the project costs through income generating activities, the rest through fund raising. In regards to donated funds, every penny will go directly towards the running costs of the project including paying the salaries of the artists, some of whom have lost everything. Our main focus for the coming months will be to collaborate with other organisations to bring light relief to children in camps who have been most affected by the earthquake; to bring creative and healing activities, to support education programmes, and provide anti-trafficking advocacy. Our income generating activities will significantly reduce for some time, so it is purely down to to the generous donations of our supporters that we are able to survive, and we are happy that we are able to contribute in some way to the the excellent relief work that is already starting to take place. If you have any more questions feel free to contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Best wishes, Sky Neal (Co-Director Of Circus Kathmandu)
Dear Jackie Thank you for your message. The funds are going to Circus Kathmandu to help support them through the next few months. The campaign was started before the earthquake to fundraise for a different focus of the project, but as I am sure you can understand, the focus had to change dramatically to how we can keep everything running. The campaign says we have no backers and no sponsorship, which is absolutely true, I am not sure how you misread this to be disregarding invaluable partnerships we have had with EBT and Freedom Matters in the past. My name is Anna and I have been working with the project for the past few years as a volunteer. I do hope this helps. All the best with your fundraising.
Hello there...can you tell me exactly where the donated funds are going as you started this campaign two months before the earthquake? You state the kids have no help or organisation behind them but what about Phillip Homes, the Esther Benjamin Trust and Freedom Matters who rescued these kids initially and set up Circus Kathmandu? Can i also ask who are you, the writer of this campaign? Many thanks for your feedback. Jackie Taylor