Charity at The Circus
We believe charity begins at home at here at the Circus we are trying to do our part to change the world for the better – little by little. We are always looking for interesting projects that are somehow connected to one of the Circus staff members or to the people of Berlin. We feel that this way we benefit from both getting to know our city and our team better. Over the years, we have supported several integration projects in Berlin as well as help with charities across the world. Last year we successfully raised €8000 which built a water well for Bully in Gambia, and our last project raised €4,000 for Sparrow Home Bangkok which was founded by the mother of previous employee Julia Stone and helps to provide better lives for children born in Thai prisons.
Our latest project is the result of a collaboration with our wonderful Hostel Manager, Eliese, and the connections she has with the German embassy in Djibouti. They are building football pitches that would enhance quality of life for the locals and refugees living there
From Berlin to Djibouti: Football – ongoing project
The small East African country of Djibouti sits on the southern end of the red sea and is a comparatively stable country in comparison to some of its regional neighbours. Although 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 wonderful Hostel Manager, has 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. Football was invented in England, but, as we all know perfected in Germany 😉
With this in mind we will be raising 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. And as history has shown us, nothing brings people together like playing the world’s favourite sport.
If you would like to donate, please transfer the money to the following bank account and we assure you that 100% of what has been donated will go directly to the project.
Account Holder: Becker, Digel, Göppert, Hadfield, Hierath The Circus GbR
Keyword (Verwendungszweck): Djibouti
IBAN: DE25 1005 0000 0190 5941 28
Alternatively, pop in to the hotel or hostel and put a euro (or however much you can spare) in our charity boxes at the reception.
During the coming months, there will be also fundraising events in and around the Circus. You can read about the progress on our blog.
Sparrow Home Bangkok – project completed
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.
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!
From Berlin to Gambia: we collected € 8.000 and built a well for Bully’s family in No-Kunda – project completed –
Bully has been plating up some excellent cuisine in The Circus Hotel for over seven years, and became an integral part of our Circus team, but more importantly, of our Circus family. When we found out about Bully’s family situation in his home village No-Kunda, in Gambia, we didn’t hesitate and decided we will help Bully’s family. In rural areas of Gambia it is common for only half the population to have access to clean drinking water. This, in turn, results in many health-related problems, and of course high infant mortality rates.
Each time Bully visited home, it was harder and harder for him to deal with the fact that he is living in a country where water is aplenty, and his family and relatives at home in West Africa, do not know when or where their next safe water supply will come from.
ogether with Hand-in-Hand, our partner organisation, we were able to finance the building of the well, which makes us really proud! Big thanks to everyone who donated for this cause. Read more about this wonderful fundraising project on our blog.
Schülerpaten Berlin – project competed –
A project that got us more involved with Berlin was the Schülerpaten e.V.. Jan, who was Concierge at the Apartments at the time, brought our intention to this very social and interactive project at the end of 2013. The organisation promotes educational opportunities and multicultural exchange between children of a migrant background and volunteers – often, but not exclusively students, who provide one-to-one mentoring. The tandems practice German, math and other school subjects, but both parties are also profiting from the cultural exchange.
You can read an exclusive interview about the work of the Schülerpaten in our C-Magazine.