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Our Story Your Story - Day One in the Townships

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Nyanga, Cape Town - Tuesday morning, Lisa Cohen, our Clowns Without Borders project coordinator and co-facilitator, picks me up to drive into the townships. We will be meeting with the senior club and the planning coordinators for the youth program.

Project Injabulo Update - A Clown is Born in Mpumalanga

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Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga – Wayitshukutshaaaaaaaaaaaa (our taxi song)! Our first day on tour was a rainy Monday. I was nervous and shaking because I didn’t know what to expect as it was my first shows with Clowns Without Borders. Because the school was informed that we were coming, kids were so excited that makes me relieved. And to have Sibongile and Henry's experience made me believe that it would all work out.

Project Siyajabula - Clown 101 Training of Local Artists in Mpumalanga

Nelspruit, Mpumalanga  - I am always nervous before I go into a training programme, not knowing the participants or what they will bring to the sessions. Will they understand what I am trying to teach? Will they enjoy the classes? Will they walk away having developed as a performer? All these anxieties, when in fact I just needed to trust my own teaching material: “Stop thinking so much and PLAY!”


Project Know Your Rights - Update

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Ufafa Region, KZN - The name ‘Ixopo’ invokes a far off outpost in the most rural of provincial hinterlands. But leaving Durban at 3pm and arriving before dinnertime was not the long journey I had anticipated.

Project Imbokodo - Empowering Youth through Play

Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal – Clowns Without Borders, in partnership with Sun International Social Community Development Trust, iSibaya Casino and Entertainment World, and the Verulam Child & Family Welfare Society, undertook a bold initiative called ‘Project Imbokodo.’ This project that spanned the month of October until the beginning of November in 2 local high schools in the heart of Verulam - Mountiew Secondary, and Temple Valley respectively. The project focuses on gender and identity taking its inspiration from the isiZulu saying, ‘Wathint' Abafazi Wathint' imbokodo’ (‘You strike a rock, you strike a woman’).

Update from Project Imbokodo

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“It is not wise or helpful to give a hungry man fish to eat for you feed him for a moment rather teach him how to fish thus feeding him for life” – Chines Proverb. There is so much truth in this proverb as it is an excellent explanation of what it means to empower. 

Project Rufaro in Zimbabwe - "Your visit to the home was like a second Christmas" - Mother SOS Village in Harare

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27 September, 2013 - We have finished our first week of touring, it started in a rural school with 1700 children and ended in an SOS Children’s village with 150.

Project Rufaro in Zimbabwe - 2 Days and 4,973 Children and Teachers!

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17 September 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe - We have been to four wonderful schools and performed our clown show.  It has been a magical, overwhelming and moving experience with lots of laughs thrown in for good measure.

Project Rufaro in Zimbabwe - A Time To Play

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16 September 2013 - Our journey to Zimbabwe started on a flight with KLM. As I settled in to my seat, arranged my boiled sweets, eye mask, books and clown costume (to sew on route) the inflight magazine caught my eye. I pulled it from pouch and the front cover shouted PLAY. I found the following quote on page 1:

“You can learn as much about a person from an hour of playing as you can from a year of conversation” – Plato

A View from Bag End on Stage - Project Free Your Mind in Kenya

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Nairobi, Kenya - One last blog from our recent tour with Clowns Without Borders Sweden and Sarakasi Circus in Kenya: