MMCC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization,
which has been creating, organizing and performing educational entertainment-performances
and art workshops for children in Afghanistan since 2002. The NGO
is independent of any political, religious or ethnic interests
MMCC is supervised by an international Board of
Directors, managed by David Mason and Berit Muhlhausen, and staffed
by a team of 12-14 Afghan artists, teachers and custodians. The
organization was established to support educational entertaining
activities for children in Afghanistan at a time when the capacity
for organizing and running a new NGO was very limited. The aim from
the very beginning has been to hand over the responsibility for
the activities to the Afghans as soon as a properly qualified organizational
base is established and sustained.
In spring 2006 a new Afghan-MMCC organization was
established. The local NGO is managed by Shaher Poopal, local director
and Hamid Ruhan, mobile director in close cooperation with all further
Afghan staff. The new Afghan-MMCC organization is gradually taking
over the responsibility for continuing the activities as a pure
Afghan project under the umbrella and supervision of MMCC-International.
The transition from Danish management to Afghan
management and ownership is essential in making MMCC a sustainable
organization. A search to find and train Afghan management, particularly
in systems of accounting and fundraising, remains one of the highest
priorities of the organization. It is anticipated that the timeframe
for the transition of ownership will be two years. The process,
which requires comprehensive organizational training and supervision,
is approved and supported by the Danish government.
MMCC’s activities are developed, adapted,
applied, conducted, supervised, expanded and administered by Afghan
artists. David Mason and Berit Muhlhausen are primarily responsible
for managing finances, fundraising, international contacts and capacity
building. The International and Afghan Board of Directors assists
with fundraising and long-term planning.
The core principles guiding MMCC’s organizational
4. Commitment to the children
Along with developing and sustaining the Afghan-MMCC
organization, the International MMCC organization is continuing
and expanding its activities. The organization is based in Denmark,
where it is housed by Settlementet, an organization with 85 years
of experience with civil society and cultural projects. MMCC-Internationals
chairman, Johs. Bertelsen, is director of Settlementet, which is
a source of inspiration for development of MMCC.
More than anything, MMCC is a broad international
network that is continuously expanding. In addition to the Danish-based
organization, MMCC has a Japanese support committee and a large
number of individual supporters in 15 countries all over the world.
The network is important, not only for financial support, but because
it is a huge human resource consisting of all kinds of people from
artists to businessmen and from circus-equipment suppliers to intellectuals.