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Update from Swaziland

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Swaziland - July 15, 2009
We have recently completed an epic 2-week project in Swaziland this past month. And I do not use the word "epic" lightly due to the scope and size of our work!

Clowns in Sudan

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Clowns Without Borders South Africa is collaborating on a project in Sudan working with our sister chapter, CWB-USA, the International Rescue Committee, and Confident Children Out of Conflict to provide emotional relief through to refugees from the current conflict. For 14 days in the grueling hot sun, Gavin Stockden has joined Gwen Rooker and Elisa Lane from the United States performing and teaching workshops in both Kenya and Southern Sudan (Juba and Aweil).

Project Malealea Update - March 14, 2009

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The day after we showed up in Malealea was a national holiday and we got the chance to join the festivities at the neighboring school. It was overwhelming to see the energy and musicality these wonderful people have. With the breathtaking scenery surrounding us, the day seemed magical.

Report from Lebanon - March 12th, 2009

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I am sitting in the amphitheater of the Maluti mountains in Malealea, Lesotho surrounded by blue grey misty peaks finally taking the opportunity to reflect on my recent expedition in Lebanon at the end of February (apologies for the late posting!). It is thousands of miles and another world away from where myself, Esther Haddad from Clowns and Magicians Without Borders, and Ellen, our photographer, spent a week working with youth in Palestinian refugee camps.

October 2008 Expedition - Alice's Journal, Part I

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THE CLOWNS EMBARK! - October 11th, 2008 - Elandskop, KwaZulu-Natal
(Excepts from Alice's journals to the Calgary Herald)


I've embarked on my 4th expedition with Clowns Without Borders South Africa. Our goal: to bring joy and laughter to children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Delia Meyer's Update from Lesotho - July 8th, 2008

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A Winter Expedition in Lesotho? Am I crazy? My fingers are so cold, they’re numb, and my toes feel like they’re about to fall off… I miss my Mom… I lie in bed until the last minute, warm some milk in the outside kitchen, put on the pieces of my layered clown costume bit by bit, shivering. On the drive to the clinic we’re going to do a clown visit at, we pass through vast expanses of land, interweaved with deep gorges. Today it is dark cold, yesterday it was dry and browny- green, the other day, the rain looked grey.

Visiting a Refugee Camp for Victims of Xenophobic Violence in Johannesburg, June 28th, 2008

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Recently, South Africa has experienced an internal refugee due to the xenophobic violence in May. 1000s of families from all over Africa have been displaced with their homes destroyed and lives traumatized by the violence. While the response of the government was tepid at best, many individuals and organisations have responded to the crisis with exceptional generosity and compassion.

Update from Swaziland - March 16, 2008 - Stories from Our Gogos

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We have just completed our first week of a month-long expedition in Swaziland in partnership with CWB Sweden. We are working with the Lutheran Development Service, a community-based relief organization, in a village in the drought stricken southeastern part of the country where over 45% of the population is HIV positive. As there is no other psychosocial support work happening in Swaziland, we have been received with great enthusiasm and excitement by the community and LDS staff.

Project Njabulo, Ingwavuma Residency Update, 19th February 2008

To get to some of the schools on this expedition we've had to travel on paths that are not really roads at all, but rather just tracks through the bush made by cars. If it wasn't for the guides we've had to pick up along the way, we would not have found these schools at all, as the tracks fork repeatedly and are crossed often by other tracks leading from household to household.