The above quote from "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry came to the minds of the crew of the Bowspirit Kids when they discussed the recent talks with potential supporters and media representatives.
There are obviously some fixed points in our project where the essentials are seemingly invisible to outsiders, even though they are obvious to us initiators.
Please let us talk about this in a small series of news articles starting here, so that you can also say "I can see rightly not only with my heart, but also with my eyes and my mind".
Let us start with the regional relevance. Many editors in local and regional newsrooms across Europe are wondering why they have been receiving regular releases from us since the end of last year. Our headquarters are in Lübeck (Germany) ... Bowspirit Kids are therefore considered at best a topic in Northern Germany.
Far from it! Yes, we have our headquarters in Lübeck. But we think differently than traditional Hanseatic foundations, i.e. across borders - realistically and in the knowledge that we cannot save the whole world.
The Bowspirit Kids want to help seriously ill and traumatised children all over Europe. And these children are in your country, in your region, in your city.
Simply contact the social medical service of the closest paediatric hospital. There you will hear about our potential little guests and their need for "recreation from illness" after the end of the in-patient treatment. And you will hear about the shadow children, whose childhood is taken away by the illness as well as that of the sick sibling.
Unfortunately we cannot take this call off your hands ... but the research is the most exciting part of the journalistic work, isn't it 😉 - so courageously approach the topic.
In no time at all, you will have made the arch from the seriously ill children in your region to the missing offers of assistance in the emotional processing of what happened to the offer that the Bowspirit Kids would like to submit.
As a starting point for dealing with this important topic, we have linked articles from "Lübecker Nachrichten" and "STERN" magazine (available in German only - kindly use online translation tools such as deepl.com).
The report in "STERN" contains a statement by the sister of the sick child, which summarises the situation of the affected children and families in a nutshell and - as we think - in a rousing way:
"Sometimes Senay asks her mother:
'Do I also have to get sick for you to take care of me?'"
- Please help so that no seriously ill child and no shadow child on our rich continent is left alone with its burden of soul.
- Please address the gap in our social systems and the offer that the Bowspirit Kids want to offer financed by the crowd.
- It is about children in your (distribution) region and their chance to start again confidently into a healthy future after having survived acute treatment.
Bowspirit Kids - We want to turn children's tears into tears of joy
The Bowspirit Kids Group was founded in spring 2018 in Lübeck, Germany. Our activities focus on the creation of a maritime holiday and recreation camp that will give sick and traumatised children and their siblings - often called the "shadow children" - the opportunity to have fun and take a recreation from the illness. To this aim, we want to take advantage of the mobility of a passenger ferry to be able to operate outside of the base location in order to present the Bowspirit Kids Group and its work worldwide and to initiate further projects based on the guiding theme of a "recreation from illness".
The group has two companies - the non-profit company Bowspirit Kids gemeinnützige GmbH (www.bowspirit-kids.org) and the commercially managed Bowspirit Management GmbH (www.bowspirit-management.com), which are intertwined under company law in such a way that the profits generated cannot be distributed to shareholders, but are directed towards the overarching charitable objective.
The Bowspirit Kids Group intends not to base its activities solely on classical donations, but also to raise financial resources through social events and business sponsorships. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the campaign "The world's largest floating pinboard" was launched as kick-off event.