Afghan Mobile Mini-Circus for Children (MMCC)
The Afghan Mobile Mini-Circus for Children (MMCC) is an educational project that uses circus activities to empower youth, build joyful communities, and promote peace in war-torn Afghanistan. At MMCC’s flagship school in Kabul, 120 boys and girls, ages ten to 17, learn juggling, unicycling, acrobatics, theater, singing, puppetry and magic tricks. These students in turn perform and conduct workshops across the country, spreading awareness about health, land mines, the importance of education, and other issues along the way. The MMCC encourages children to lead and to learn from each other, with three-quarters of the circus activities led by children.
A 2021 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported MMCC’s “Funtainer” handover project. For many years, MMCC successfully initiated, organized, and supported joyful activities in a number of schools in several provinces of Afghanistan. A key element in the success of these activities were Funtainers (modified colorful containers) that provided a strong identity and space for the children to meet, play, and practice social circus. In 2021, MMCC handed over some of its Funtainers to the schools where they were located. The aim of this handover process was to enable children to continue to have access to the child-friendly Funtainers, either on their own or with support of their schools.
A 2019 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported MMCC’s educational entertainment and social circus activities for 1,500 children.
A 2012 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported MMCC’s general operations.