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Charity at The Circus

Our Projects

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Here at The Circus we have always felt a deep connection to the world around us, from our neighbourhood in Berlin to the places we have visited in the course of our travels. Over the years we have supported a number of organisations and other projects, from integration work here in Germany to charities around the world. 

An ongoing project The Circus supports is the ZelterPate homeless support centre here in Berlin. This incredible charity is close to our heart as its day centre is just around the corner, a place for people who are homeless, threatened by homelessness, permanently unemployed or those who live on the margins of society.

On an international scale, our projects are chosen through connections to the owners or our staff, that gives us a very personal relationship to them. So far we have supported charity projects in Gambia, Thailand, Djibouti, Russia, Lebanon and Mongolia. Read on to find out more about our current project and how you can donate and help us continue to support this important work.

ZelterPate - Helping homeless people in Berlin

This time we want to stay at home with our charity project. Tilman’s (one of the owners of the Circus) mother worked for many years helping out in social project ZelterPate which is located around the corner in Prenzlauer Berg. They have been helping people in the neighborhood for 15 years who are homeless, threatened by homelessness, permanently unemployed or for other reasons live on the margins of society. Many of these people live in very precarious conditions. Around 150 people come to the day care center every day in the winter months.

The day care center offers a free breakfast or lunch, offers hot drinks at a very low price. Visitors can also take a shower, wash their clothes, use the computer cabinet, or take part in various activities such as excursions, table tennis tournaments or play afternoons.

The day care center is not just a soup kitchen. It is a low-threshold offer to get people out of social isolation and create the first points of contact to find their way back to life and a regular everyday life. The day care is provided by trained specialists. In the neighboring rooms to the day care center, social counseling, and counseling for housing help.

All donations are greatly appreciated, whether through the following bank account or placed in the charity boxes at The Circus receptions and will go to support their great work.

 

ZelterPate - Helping homeless people in Berlin

This time we want to stay at home with our charity project. Tilman’s (one of the owners of the Circus) mother worked for many years helping out in social project ZelterPate which is located around the corner in Prenzlauer Berg. They have been helping people in the neighborhood for 15 years who are homeless, threatened by homelessness, permanently unemployed or for other reasons live on the margins of society. Many of these people live in very precarious conditions. Around 150 people come to the day care center every day in the winter months.

The day care center offers a free breakfast or lunch, offers hot drinks at a very low price. Visitors can also take a shower, wash their clothes, use the computer cabinet, or take part in various activities such as excursions, table tennis tournaments or play afternoons.

The day care center is not just a soup kitchen. It is a low-threshold offer to get people out of social isolation and create the first points of contact to find their way back to life and a regular everyday life. The day care is provided by trained specialists. In the neighboring rooms to the day care center, social counseling, and counseling for housing help.

All donations are greatly appreciated, whether through the following bank account or placed in the charity boxes at The Circus receptions and will go to support their great work.

 

Donate & Bank Information

Account holder:     Becker, Digel, Göppert, Hadfield, Hierath The Circus GbR
IBAN:                           DE25 1005 0000 0190 5941 28

Keyword:    Charity
BIC:               BELADEBEXXX

Help for the victims of the Beirut explosion

After the devastating explosion that took place in Beirut’s harbor on Tuesday, August 4th, and following months of economic and political decline, an estimated 300.000 people are left homeless and countless lives have been affected.

Together with the help of the Circus’ very close friend and colleague, Rani al Rajji, a Beirut citizen, architect and bar owner, we are raising money and organizing a street kitchen and psychological counseling to help locals deal with the trauma in any way we possibly can.

Our efforts to help Rani raise funds and support the people of Beirut in this challenging time resulted in €7.000  raised to help those who need it most.

Help for the victims of the Beirut explosion

After the devastating explosion that took place in Beirut’s harbor on Tuesday, August 4th, and following months of economic and political decline, an estimated 300.000 people are left homeless and countless lives have been affected.

Together with the help of the Circus’ very close friend and colleague, Rani al Rajji, a Beirut citizen, architect and bar owner, we are raising money and organizing a street kitchen and psychological counseling to help locals deal with the trauma in any way we possibly can.

Our efforts to help Rani raise funds and support the people of Beirut in this challenging time resulted in €7.000  raised to help those who need it most.

Active Future for children with disabilities in Belarus

This project was teamwork in the truest sense. Together with our long-term staff member and friend, Jared we teamed up to raise money to buy a special built running chair which enables disabled kids to have an active future.

It all began when jared met Dmitry who is the organizer of Winged Angels a running organization dedicated to the improvement of disabled childrens lives. Inspired through his own daughter who was born with cerebral palsy Dmitry’s lust for life and running made for a project that was impossible to resist.

The goal of €3.600 for the special running chair for the charity was reached with your help and has enabled children who would otherwise be able to go running with the friends and parents.

Active Future for children with disabilities in Belarus

This project was teamwork in the truest sense. Together with our long-term staff member and friend, Jared we teamed up to raise money to buy a special built running chair which enables disabled kids to have an active future.

It all began when jared met Dmitry who is the organizer of Winged Angels a running organization dedicated to the improvement of disabled childrens lives. Inspired through his own daughter who was born with cerebral palsy Dmitry’s lust for life and running made for a project that was impossible to resist.

The goal of €3.600 for the special running chair for the charity was reached with your help and has enabled children who would otherwise be able to go running with the friends and parents.

Bayasgalant education in Mongolia

This project saw the Circus teaming up with lovely people from the Swiss charity Bayasgalant. For 20 years they have been active in helping under privileged children, youth and families in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

A team of twenty locals are currently offering children mostly from the poorest of neighborhood and mostly living under the poverty line of one dollar a chance to rejoin the school system through a day care center. These kids aged between 6 and 17 have often missed years from school and this their only chance to get back into the system. Finally, there are 11 youths who are in further education so that they can learn a trade or even later go to university.

Our goal, with your help, was to raise €4.400 to pay for all of them half a year tuition fees. The donations were greatly appreciated and has helped children of Mongolia break out of the poverty trap.

Bayasgalant education in Mongolia

This project saw the Circus teaming up with lovely people from the Swiss charity Bayasgalant. For 20 years they have been active in helping under privileged children, youth and families in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

A team of twenty locals are currently offering children mostly from the poorest of neighborhood and mostly living under the poverty line of one dollar a chance to rejoin the school system through a day care center. These kids aged between 6 and 17 have often missed years from school and this their only chance to get back into the system. Finally, there are 11 youths who are in further education so that they can learn a trade or even later go to university.

Our goal, with your help, was to raise €4.400 to pay for all of them half a year tuition fees. The donations were greatly appreciated and has helped children of Mongolia break out of the poverty trap.

Vladivostok orphanage Extension

This project took the Circus east. Very east in fact. To Vladivostok, which is closer to Tokyo than Moscow. We got there though former Circus staff member Luba who is now the owner of Ostpost, eastern European café and book specialist.

Although Luba has lived in Berlin for many years her heart is still in Vladivostok. She informed the Circus that the local orphanage was needing an extension to the building but had no funds to realize it.

With your help we raised €3.500 and now orphanage Краевой психоневрологический дом ребенка (we really need to brush up on our Russian) or for short „KPDRVL“ has had a new extension built.

Vladivostok orphanage Extension

This project took the Circus east. Very east in fact. To Vladivostok, which is closer to Tokyo than Moscow. We got there though former Circus staff member Luba who is now the owner of Ostpost, eastern European café and book specialist.

Although Luba has lived in Berlin for many years her heart is still in Vladivostok. She informed the Circus that the local orphanage was needing an extension to the building but had no funds to realize it.

With your help we raised €3.500 and now orphanage Краевой психоневрологический дом ребенка (we really need to brush up on our Russian) or for short „KPDRVL“ has had a new extension built.

From Berlin to Djibouti: Football for refugees

The small East African country of Djibouti, itself a very poor country, it is one that has accommodated many thousands of refugees including over 40,000 refugees from the ongoing Yemeni civil war.

Eliese, our Hostel Manager had close connections to the German embassy in Djibouti and we thought what could be a stronger force for the good in this world as the German Embassy and Circus Hostel/Hotel combo?

One of the problems identified at the Merkazi refugee camp is that there is nothing for the young people do. Then the idea was born and not too far from home…… Football. With this in mind we would raise money to build a football pitch, supply footballs, training materials and kits for the youth there. In the name of friendship, we decided that the football pitch should be situated on the outskirts of the camp so that not only the refugees but for the locals can play.

What we thought to be a simple project turned out to be a bureaucratic impossibility that even the German embassy could not sort out. We instead donated all the funds to https://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/yemen Victory in defeat we call this. Thank you for your generous help.

From Berlin to Djibouti: Football for refugees

The small East African country of Djibouti, itself a very poor country, it is one that has accommodated many thousands of refugees including over 40,000 refugees from the ongoing Yemeni civil war.

Eliese, our Hostel Manager had close connections to the German embassy in Djibouti and we thought what could be a stronger force for the good in this world as the German Embassy and Circus Hostel/Hotel combo?

One of the problems identified at the Merkazi refugee camp is that there is nothing for the young people do. Then the idea was born and not too far from home…… Football. With this in mind we would raise money to build a football pitch, supply footballs, training materials and kits for the youth there. In the name of friendship, we decided that the football pitch should be situated on the outskirts of the camp so that not only the refugees but for the locals can play.

What we thought to be a simple project turned out to be a bureaucratic impossibility that even the German embassy could not sort out. We instead donated all the funds to https://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/yemen Victory in defeat we call this. Thank you for your generous help.

Sparrow Home Bangkok

Sparrow Home Bangkok provides temporary accommodation for kids aged between 1 and 7 who were born in prison and are waiting for their mother/father to be released. Care is provided in a family style environment and Sparrow Home Bangkok supports visits to the mothers and fathers and also pays for the education of the older children in their care.

If you are looking for a funny story, ask Jim who plucked one of the kids out of a pool while visiting Thailand. Your “I rescued a drowning Thai orphan” story gets more dramatic every time you tell it right Jim?

Our goal was to raise €4.000 and support the eight kids who are currently living in the care of the Sparrow Home Bangkok. We are very happy to say that with your help this goal has been achieved!

Sparrow Home Bangkok

Sparrow Home Bangkok provides temporary accommodation for kids aged between 1 and 7 who were born in prison and are waiting for their mother/father to be released. Care is provided in a family style environment and Sparrow Home Bangkok supports visits to the mothers and fathers and also pays for the education of the older children in their care.

If you are looking for a funny story, ask Jim who plucked one of the kids out of a pool while visiting Thailand. Your “I rescued a drowning Thai orphan” story gets more dramatic every time you tell it right Jim?

Our goal was to raise €4.000 and support the eight kids who are currently living in the care of the Sparrow Home Bangkok. We are very happy to say that with your help this goal has been achieved!

Bully Water Well in Gambia

Bully was one of our longest serving members of The Circus team and works as a chef at Circus restaurant. He shared with the company shareholders the news of the dire drinking water conditions in his home town in Gambia.

Just half a year later the Circus raised nearly €9.000 and the village of No Kunda would have a brand new well! Bully himself actively supported the project and was involved with a number of the events. He created a three course menu for the Gambian-themed evening at the hotel while a friend of his played the music for the event.

With Bully behind the barbecue, the evening was a great success and totally delicious. Once the water well was up and running Jared and Jim accompanied Bully to check it got in real. The warmest of welcomes greeted them. A wonderful experience.

Bully Water Well in Gambia

Bully was one of our longest serving members of The Circus team and works as a chef at Circus restaurant. He shared with the company shareholders the news of the dire drinking water conditions in his home town in Gambia.

Just half a year later the Circus raised nearly €9.000 and the village of No Kunda would have a brand new well! Bully himself actively supported the project and was involved with a number of the events. He created a three course menu for the Gambian-themed evening at the hotel while a friend of his played the music for the event.

With Bully behind the barbecue, the evening was a great success and totally delicious. Once the water well was up and running Jared and Jim accompanied Bully to check it got in real. The warmest of welcomes greeted them. A wonderful experience.

Schülerpaten Berlin

Our receptionist Jan brought to the Circus attention The Schülerpaten Berlin project which brings together student mentors (of which Jan is one) with schoolkids in Berlin from an Arabic background.

The mentors work with the children in the family, i.e., in the homes, and commit to at least a year’s engagement with a minimum commitment of 1.5 hours per week. What the work involves depends on the mentors, but it can be monitoring homework, reading, and writing in German, or simply private support for the kids and their families.

In support of the mentors’ work directly with the families, Schülerpaten Berlin organises workshops and seminars for the mentors – both before and during their work – events that the mentors and the kids/families can do together (such as visit to the Zoo), and an annual Sommer Fair that brings all the mentors, the families, and the members of the organisation together.

It brought us all lots of enjoy supporting this super charity especially on the Berlin flea markets selling lost and found for a good cause.

Schülerpaten Berlin

Our receptionist Jan brought to the Circus attention The Schülerpaten Berlin project which brings together student mentors (of which Jan is one) with schoolkids in Berlin from an Arabic background.

The mentors work with the children in the family, i.e., in the homes, and commit to at least a year’s engagement with a minimum commitment of 1.5 hours per week. What the work involves depends on the mentors, but it can be monitoring homework, reading, and writing in German, or simply private support for the kids and their families.

In support of the mentors’ work directly with the families, Schülerpaten Berlin organises workshops and seminars for the mentors – both before and during their work – events that the mentors and the kids/families can do together (such as visit to the Zoo), and an annual Sommer Fair that brings all the mentors, the families, and the members of the organisation together.

It brought us all lots of enjoy supporting this super charity especially on the Berlin flea markets selling lost and found for a good cause.