MMCC’s total operating budget for the 2006-07
fiscal year is roughly 200,000 USD, or 10 Million Afghanis. Rent
is the single most threatening financial burden due to the housing
market in Kabul. The aim is to fundraise for and create or buy a
permanent home for MMCC in order to remove this threat in the future
MMCC is a young organization that has experienced
constant growth and expansion of activities since its very first
performance in summer 2002. Since the opening of the Children Culture
House in autumn 2003, the activities have gradually found a more
long-term, permanent form that is now being sustained by implementing
a permanent structure.
In brief, MMCC runs a maximum number of activities
for a minimum budget. To secure and constantly improve the quality
while doing this, the financial structure is basically divided into
1) Activity expenses – running costs of Children
Culture House, Junior Circus and Mobile Circus including workshops.
The expenses are partly covered by MMCC’s income-generating
educational services such as educational performances and teacher
training workshops; partly by private donations. Incomes gradually
increase as new educational products are developed and qualified.
The aim is for incomes to cover a minimum budget for all the activities
within a few years.
2) Developing and sustaining expenses – capacity
building; staff training; developing and implementing structures
for the Afghan organization; artistic workshops; and ongoing development
of new educational products by MMCC’s winter school etc. Since
2004 these expenses have been partly covered by the Danish government.
In addition, private donations, volunteers and support for specific
projects cover the remaining costs.
Rents in Kabul are often compared to those in New
York. While most other expenses can be adjusted according to available
income sources and funding, the rent is a fixed and inflexible expense.
The construction of a base of MMCC’s own is therefore important
to ensure a sustainable and financially independent Afghan-MMCC
in the future.