MMCC - A Mobile Circus
for Children in Afghanistan
An unconventional application for the backing and support of an
Following 23 years of war and misery in Afghanistan, support is
hereby sought for the project “Mobile Mini Circus for Children.
The project is in brief, a life promoting mobile circus whose target
group is Afghan children. In addition to spreading laughs and smiles,
the project incorporates a string of elements that together aim
· Create and cultivate an Afghan circus as well as establish
a culture of travelling entertainers
· Create and provide a breeding ground for local artists
and integrate them into Afghan society
· Through the project’s activities educate in issues
such as landmine awareness
· Introduce a learning process whereby children themselves
become active participants
· Generate work placements for emerging artists, with in-training
being an important element
Following a year of preliminary work, an international NGO with
board members from both Denmark and Afghanistan was established
in March 2003. The administrative base is in Copenhagen.
Professionally David Mason is principally an instigator and generator
of projects. He made himself popular in Denmark, as well as in other
countries, with his dance workshops – and with a body-therapist,
he carried out workshops for blind children. David is well practised
in computer design and is skilled in the use of multi-media, which
will help mediate and promote the project in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The plan is for the mobile circus to reach all provinces in Afghanistan.
As this depends on a basic budget for among other props; a bus -
the project’s activities are provisionally bound to Kabul.
In the capital, the project carried out a successful show in connection
with a larger event, which was attended by the Afghan President
Hamid Karzai. Last summer David Mason held an open audition for
which nearly two hundred Afghans turned up. A selected number of
these now form the ‘Takamol’ theatre group. In collaboration
with the theatre group and local NGOs, David is organising shows
and activities for a number of Kabul’s orphanages and related
The Project’s Finances
As was mentioned by way of introduction this is an unconventional
application, which is owed to the fact that it is an unconventional
project, which does not yet have a definitive budget. David Mason
has provisionally set aside three years for this project in which
time it is hoped that the project will become nationally operational.
Preliminary work has started without the security of financial backing.
David has funded the work out of his own pocket.
For the mobile circus to evolve to its full potential, a substantial
injection of funds is needed. The long-term goal is therefore to
find several large international donors that can secure a rooting
of this project and its growth and sustenance.
But granted … this takes time. Nonetheless, a little money
goes a long way in Afghanistan. Primarily however in order for the
project to achieve its goal of spreading across the country and
to really take off, it needs to acquire a bus. As well as securing
the projects mobility, it will serve as the frame, stage and platform
for the project’s activities.
A bus of the kind in question can be bought and converted for 200,000
Danish kroner ($30.000), in either Denmark or Afghanistan.
It is hoped that this application, sent to a number of individuals,
unions and foundations will be read favourably resulting in a string
of large and smaller contributions, that together will take the
project to its above described goal.
Donors will be secured a mention on the project’s homepage
that will inform regularly of the project’s developments.
During the spring and summer of 2003 exchanges of artists from Denmark
and other countries are planned and MMCC project leader David Mason
will visit the Images of Asia festival in Denmark together with
one of the children involved in the project.
The association’s headquarters are located at Settlementet
in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. All administration and collection of funds
will be taken care of at this address. It is vital to highlight
that there are under no circumstance any religious or political
agendas attached to this project.
With Kind Regards
Chairman of the board
Why we support ‘MMCC’….
Erik Clausen, travelling entertainer, actor, film producer
and much more:
“Are you incapable of laughing, then you might as well call
it a day.”
“In Afghanistan there is not much to laugh at. Here is a person
who is taking on the impossible; to create a little amusement and
humour in a god-forsaken and broken country – so yes, we have
a reason to try – I will do a lot to help see this project
Jette Gottlieb, former member of the Danish Parliament and
was sent to Kabul for five months with UNHCR where she has worked
with repatriated Afghan refugees:
“When you have seen totally destroyed villages and food aid
not arriving because donor countries forgot to send what they promised,
then you totally feel like helping towards something that Afghans
– and especially Afghan children – can laugh at.”
Bjarne Kjelstrup, theologian. Has worked with international
development and welfare for many years, spending seven of these
in Central America.
Worked in the development aid agency ‘Ibis’ until May
“I support this project because it is important that Afghan
children experience that life can offer something other than war
and greed. The project will let the imagination and enjoyment flourish,
and from imagination and happiness democracy can grow, as can human
rights and a love for life.”
Liz True, choreographer, therapist and qualified project
“As a choreographer and project leader I have had the pleasure
of working together with David Mason on various social and humanitarian
projects, including one for the Danish Association for the Blind.
I can therefore give my complete support, warmest recommendations
and approval for the ”MMCC”. With his personal background
and professional competence as project leader and project generator,
David Mason is the one I would trust to carry out and complete such
a project, even under difficult conditions.”
Johs. Bertelsen, Principal for the Christian Students
- Settlement in Vesterbro:
“Children and young adults are the future and this is also
true for Afghanistan. It is therefore vital that we contribute to
the establishment of a creative framework in order to support children’s
opportunities for development, especially in such a war torn country.
We believe that ‘MMCC’ through performance and acting
can contribute to children’s self-realisation and provide
a positive outlet for their energy.”