A Decent Roof Above Our Heads

Building a community training center for the Palestinian Circus School
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Birzeit
Palestine, State of
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Our Story

For the last five years, the Palestinian Circus School has been training children and youth in the West Bank in juggling, trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, and other circus arts. We began as volunteers with 10 students and very limited resources. Today, we train over 160 students a week and the number keeps growing. Our dream to build a professional circus school in Palestine is taking shape.

The school has recently received the donation of a 150-year-old house in the beautiful town of Birzeit. After months of work cleaning and renovating the abandoned building, we moved out of the basement office and training space we were renting from another school and opened the doors to our own office and initial training space in November. Now we need your help to complete the first suitable training facility we have ever had--a metal structure that is 17 meters wide and 9 meters high, big enough for our students to practice the most difficult circus arts safely. When finished, our building will be a community center with space for artists of all kinds to train and perform, and will allow us to take our first steps towards creating an internationally recognized professional circus school.

Impact

Circus? In Palestine? Is that really what Palestine needs? That was the most common question we faced in the beginning. By now, those familiar with the work of PCS are convinced, saying, Yes! A circus in Palestine!

The effect of the Israeli military occupation has been very difficult for young Palestinians, particularly since 2000. They witness their homes being unlawfully demolished, experience personal humiliation at checkpoints, suffer physical abuse and arbitrary detention and many carry the grief of having loved ones killed by the Israeli military. Moreover, they face the harsh reality of mounting responsibility in a tough economy with growing unemployment rates.

We are responding to these challenges by teaching young Palestinians the circus pedagogy to stimulate and develop their physical, mental, artistic, emotional, social and cognitive abilities. We are  convinced that circus will offer youth in Palestine and around the Middle East a brighter future.

Our building itself will also have an impact of it's own. It's a light, airy two-story house full of noise and life, with juggling batons scattered on the floor and trapezes hanging from the ceiling. We're working hard to renovate the building with integrity, ensuring that it's environmentally friendly and that our school fits into a larger plan to reinvigorate the town center of Birzeit.


What We Need & What You Get

The $25,000 we hope to raise here on Indie GoGo will kick off our fundraising for the addition to our building. If we surpass this goal, every dollar we raise will go toward the total cost of the building and circus equipment. If you join our campaign, we'd like to thank you with an assortment of prizes from t-shirts to a unique piece of Palestinian embroidery. Every donation helps us get closer to our goal.


Other Ways You Can Help

Help us spread the word about our campaign. Share this campaign by e-mail or Facebook, and,  if you're in the area, come out and see our shows!

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$8,371USD
raised by 110 people in 2 months
33% funded
0 time left
$25,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on February 27, 2012
Select a Perk
  • $20USD
    Juggler Level

    A creative acro-balance thank you message from the circus school students, along with updates on our activities, shows, and building process.

    22 claimed

  • $50USD
    Unicycle Level

    Three high quality digital photos of our circus performers in action, along with a creative acro-balance thank you message from the circus school students, and updates on our activities, shows, and building process.

    24 claimed

  • $100USD
    Trapeze Level

    An official Palestinian Circus School t-shirt, along with three high quality digital photos of our circus performers in action, a creative acro-balance thank you message from the circus school students, and updates on our activities, shows, and building process.

    38 claimed

  • $250USD
    Tightrope Level

    An official Palestinian Circus School sweatshirt and t-shirt, along with three high quality digital photos of our circus performers in action, a creative acro-balance thank you message from the circus school students, and updates on our activities, shows, and building process.

    3 claimed

  • $500USD
    Chinese Pole Level

    A unique piece of traditional Palestinian embroidery, along with an official Palestinian Circus School sweatshirt and t-shirt, three high quality digital photos of our circus performers in action, a creative acro-balance thank you message from the circus school students, and updates on our activities, shows, and building process.

    0 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    German Wheel Level

    Your name will be featured on our website, and you will also receive a unique piece of traditional Palestinian embroidery, an official Palestinian Circus School sweatshirt and t-shirt, three high quality digital photos of our circus performers in action, a creative acro-balance thank you message from the circus school students, and updates on our activities, shows, and building process.

    0 claimed

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