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Sowing seeds in fertile soil - Update from Mpumalanga

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Mpumalanga, South Africa – Once more I had the privilege of being part of one of Clowns Without Borders South Africa’s most exciting activities: capacity building for local organisations. This time the region would be closer to my home country Swaziland, it was in Mpumalanga South Africa. As part of the SA Lotto funded Project Njabulo, Annabel Morgan and I were working with Childline Mpumalanga in Tsuvulani, Dwarsloop, and with the South African Medical Expedition (SAME) and Children’s Eco Training (CET) in the Sigagule community in Acornhoek.

The Elders of Our Story Your Story

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Nyanga, Cape Town - Our last session of Our Story Your Story with the elders from Ikamva Labantu (www.ikamva.com) was extraordinary. So, instead of blathering on about myself, here’s a snapshot of the stories that they will be sharing in our performance.

The first is from a woman named Khuselwa:

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.