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Project Lithe'tha - A week of clowning for HIV education and gender sensitivity

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Hamburg, Eastern Cape – Today marks my first week of being in the Eastern Cape with the Clowns Without Borders South Africa. While they have a 3 week journey behind them including rehearsals and acquainting themselves with the community, I come as an intern not quite sure what to expect. Stepping off the bus in Eastern London, I am battered and bruised from a 10 hour long drive and the team working on the Lithe’tha Project in Hamburg, Eastern Cape patiently await me with posters. I am glad to be picked up but also to be welcomed so warmly, hugs and smiles.

Project Lithe'tha - Clowns on the Road

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The first week of our performance began with a bang!!! Although we did our ‘test show’ on Friday, we were still a bit nervous about how the children would respond to the show. Monday morning @7:30 the clowns were on the road. At the first school, they found the principal and the staff were so welcoming.

Parenting in Swaziland - A moment with clowns...

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During this residency at the Moya Centre in Mahlanya, Swaziland, we had to reduce CWBSA’s Injabulo Family Programme from 10 to 5 days and create a module to be part of a yearlong parenting programme. The participants were 30 parents selected by the local community chief to be part of this programme, and hence were committed and influential members of their community (e.g. rural health workers, care givers, pastors). Their need was ways to connect with their children, and so this is where CWBSA came in!

Project Lithe'tha Update - Making a Show in the Community

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The first week of project Lithe'tha was an amazing journey through creating a new show. Hamburg is a very interesting place, not at all what I expected. On our arrival we met by Merran from Keiskamma Trust (our community partner, www.keiskamma.org) and on Monday we met with Unathi who is the PR person and two community artists, Mbulelo and Xolani.

Update from Botswana: Making Stilts for Environmental Awareness and Water Conservation

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Richard Antrobus representing Clowns Without Borders South Africa is currently involved in an exciting project to take a road show through Botswana, Namibia and Angola which aims to educate rural communities around issues pertaining to  conservation, agriculture, livelihood, sanitation, and HIV/Aids.

Update from Eastern Cape: Surprise life brings...

16 shows, 8000 children, and twenty giggling OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children) chasing Sibu around. That wraps up another Clowns Without Borders expedition.

Update from Eastern Cape: When working with clowns,,,,

Truck drives out to do shows around remote areas of Matatiele...1 minute later…

Alice: Sibu, I forgot to bring a banana for the show.
Sibu: Oh no, me too!
Truck halts. Turns around….

That’s what you get when you’re working with clowns.

Clowns Blazing a Trail in Matatiele, Eastern Cape

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5 of our wonderful clowns are on fire, spreading joy and laughter in Eastern Cape. This week they were in Matatiele with Petals Daycare.

Update from Kenya - Making an impact on young mothers' lives through capacity building

Nairobi, Kenya – Once again, Annabel Morgan and I took to Kenya to complete the training of Hand in Hand East Africa staff (BROs) on how to enrich their facilitating skills for working with 7500 vulnerable young mothers. This time we chose to focus the training on two things: a) creating a HiH toolbox of local songs, games and stories; and b) sharing skills on how to use the facilitation tools (stories, games, songs, mindfulness) to provide psychosocial support for the young mothers.

Bring on the Clowns: Clowning 101

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I was most honoured and excited when Clowns without Borders approached me to lead an intensive 10-day clown training. I was to be responsible for 16 individuals and the birth/development of their clowns and their overall sense of play. Before I left my home to brace the humidity of Durban that I was vehemently warned against, I had friends wishing me good luck and courage for what they considered to be a massive undertaking. To be honest it did seem somewhat daunting in concept, but once we all met each other at the induction, I was nothing but excited to be responsible for such a talented group of artists. From jugglers to magicians to singers to actors to gymnasts, the group was as varied as their talents; coming from all parts of South Africa and indeed Africa.