Charity at The Circus
Here at The Circus Berlin we believe in giving back. Over the years, we have supported several integration projects in Berlin and charities across the world. Last year, we raised €8000 that were used to build a water well for Bully in Gambia, and our last project raised €4,000 for Sparrow Home Bangkok, an organization founded by the mother of our previous employee Julia Stone that aims at providing better lives for children born in Thai prisons.
Our current project takes us to the far East corner of Russia, where we are building an extension for an orphanage in Vladivostok. For more details just keep reading!
Orphans of Vladivostok – ongoing project
This time, The Circus is heading to Vladivostok, a Russian city so far East it’s closer to Japan than Moscow! And the one who set it all in motion is Luba, the owner of ostPost, a unique café serving eastern delicacies in the ground floor of our Apartments building. She’s been a member of The Circus team for a long time and we are thrilled to join her for this project with a cause!
Although living in Berlin for years, Luba’s heart is still in her home town of Vladivostok. Thanks to her initiative, we are now collecting money to build an extension for an orphanage called KPDRVL in short and Краевой психоневрологический дом ребенка in long (time to brush up your Russian). They are in urgent need of an additional structure for storage purposes…so we are building them one!
All donations are greatly appreciated, whether through the following bank account or placed in the charity box found at The Circus Berlin receptions. Let’s give the children of Vladivostok better living conditions!
Account Holder: Becker, Digel, Göppert, Hadfield, Hierath The Circus GbR
IBAN: DE25 1005 0000 0190 5941 28
From Berlin to Djibouti: Football – project completed
The small East African country of Djibouti is one that has accommodated over 40,000 refugees from the ongoing Yemeni civil war. 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.
And today we are happy to announce that we’ve successfully received enough donations to build a football pitch and supply all the necessary equipment for the camp of Merkazi!
We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated so generously, you have helped us reach our goal of providing a better life for the people living at refugee camp of Merkazi in Djibouti!
The next project takes us far East, all the way to the Pacific coast of Russia, where we are helping an orphanage in Vladivostok build a much needed storage house. Keep up with the progress on our blog, and for details on how to donate just look up!
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: Water well 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.
Together with Hand-in-Hand, our partner organization, we were able to collect €8.000 and 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 completed
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 organization 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.