GEMKODIGIA, KENYA, January 18, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Circus Tabasamu's volunteer acrobatic circus center on the Opiyo family land in Gemkodigia was only a dream in the hearts of acrobatic couple Marike de Bruin and Colins Ouna Opiyo, but a performance by Opiyo at the Acro yoga training program in Barcelona (2013) brought his vision into focus.
While on stage, Opiyo illustrated his personal growth through acrobatics, and the audience watched as he transformed an unhappy life of impoverishment on the streets into a healthy, happy life of a star on stage.
It was at the end of this performance that Opiyo shared his dream with the audience about his wish to start an acrobatic center in his hometown in Kenya. He shared how his brothers and sisters saw how circus brought about a positive change in him, how his father was reassured to see his son involved in something healthy that allowed him to develop and provide for himself.
"I want to give my brothers and all the children from this small village the same chance as I have been given,"said Opiyo. "I would really like to see this volunteer center become a reality because I see how much talent these children have, and how close it is to becoming lost. A center here would bring such hope and opportunity to the residents of Gemkodigia and my family as well. It would be great if the children could all feel just as I have felt, could experience what I have experienced and learn that with your full commitment anything is possible".
Jason Nemer, the co-founder of Acroyoga, was so touched by this story that he left the performance for his room and returned throwing a bag of money and coins on the stage.
"This is the beginning of making your dream a reality Colins!"
And just like that, the contributions began to come from Opiyo and Bruin's community of friends and colleagues. From there, the couple knew that crowdfunding would be the ultimate way to resound their message of connectedness and support and bring this vision to life.
The project will be receiving funds through Circus Tabasamu's website, using an open-source crowdfunding platform model that will allow donations to be processed directly through Paypal.
The campaign hopes to raise $50,000 in 65 days, and like other crowdfunding platforms, the campaign will offer rewards to backers - including yoga gear, Circus Tabasamu branded T-shirts and free classes and trainings.
Circus Tabasamu: The Kenya Project launched on January 17, 2014. To learn more visit http://www.circustabasamu.com.
We have both learned so much about ourselves, each other, about life through circus. It has helped us to move forward with our lives. We believe through teaching circus we can give to others that same sense of empowerment, confidence, and self respect that we have gained through practice and dedication to a challenging and fun profession. Through these joint activities, we share, teach and learn more about each others' cultures, building a sense of community and family that transcends boundaries. By setting and reaching personal and group goals and cultivating a feeling of connection, a person can continue to grow throughout their life. Our mission is to empower and educate the children of Gemkodiaga, Kenya through play, mindfulness and discipline. We aim to bring smiles to these children, restoring hope in their lives while expanding their world view by exposing them to new cultures and practices.
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