We got to know about a circus group in Lalibela where mainly streetkids and orphans are coming together six times a week for training. The circus was founded ten years ago and main focus is to get the kids off from the streets to join and come together doing something sensefull. There are existing no further leisure offers or any meaningful leisuretime employment except the circus bringing the kids full of joy, social enviroment and even physical training. For many of the orphans and streetkids the circus is like a small kind of family. It`s not about artistical and acrobatical capacity but about educational leisure time care for kids out of lowest and poorest social classes.
We did visit the training of the circus group and were welcomed with a small show. 40 kids and youngsters ,with full joy about acrobatics and artistics, did show us their abilities. Salti, handstands, pyramids, funny inserts and traditional dance was shown.
Our great respect is going to the head and organizer Gashew who is tirelessly active for the circus group and lovely taking care about the very small kids. At the same time he is a real good role model and educating in respect and discipline, never missing prayers before having food together. It`s nice to see and amazing the way all kids do listen to him.
Gashew did come to the circus about ten years ago and meanwhile he is the head of the group. For him as an orphan too the circus group became kind of a family and proudly he is telling us about all the successfull performances in and around Lalibela, winnings at competitions and medals. But travelling to competitions was no more possibel in the last years because of lack of money and futhermore no material is existing for new kind of exercises or a colorfull show. The circus is not getting any kind of support through administration and the church did deny all support too. Meanwhile Gashew lost almost about hope and sometimes he is close to give up at all.
Circus Lalibela beim Auftritt in Woldya
Our second association chairman Kevin Dölle is into the circus project and in a very short time sponsors for food donation after training were found. Many of the kids did grow up on the streets, some having no parents an all do come out from the poorest of poor circumstances. The food after training together means more to them we can imagine about at all. Without some of the kids might have to go to sleep with hunger. 2-3 times a weeks there is food now after training and we think there might come up even more kids sooner or later. If possibel we will extend and broaden food care..
Another upcoming effect about food donation is, two of our sponsorships - Desta &Tiruye - do have a monthly income now. They care about cooking food and serving the meals in the circus and both of them a very happy about their new task and little extra income.
The circus has created a new show and we did like especially the informations and eductional work which was given about HIV too. To be able to go with the show to the villages around Lalibela there was a need for a generator for the loudspeakers. So therefore we organized a generator for the circus and they were very, very happy about!
Kevin did bring a juggling set from Germany and the guys did start right away. The skills are many but equipment for exersice and training is missing. With small parts the circus can be simply supported and we want to care for further equipment for the circus from now on.
If there is anybody interested in supporting the Circus Group Lalibela once or by monthly donation please write on money transfer to our association banc account the purpose „Circus Lalibela“. Great Thanks!
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Eshetu (HOPE), Gashew & Abraham (Circus Lalibela), Kevin (HOPE), Tiruye & Desta (cooks)