Blogs

Project Njabulo/Siyazisiza - Building a new show

Read all about the creation process of the brand, spanking new Shosholoza Show for the Project Njabulo/Siyazisiza KZN tour!

A story, well told, takes us where we need to go...

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From Annabel Morgan after a week of telling stories with seniors in Cape Town, South Africa:

One of the most important lessons I learned from the five week storytelling course with the School of Storytelling (www.schoolofstorytelling.com) was that a story, told well, will take its listeners to where they need to go. And you, the storyteller, are merely a vessel or channel through which the story wisdom can flow. So, in theory a story workshop, facilitated well, should also take its participants to where they need to go.

Follow-Up Njabulo Residency in Creighton

CWBSA did a follow-up residency in Crieghton on the 21 - 25 November. We met with 37 participant from the community of Tarr's Valley and 4 care workers from Sunflower help centre. We had 4 sessions with children and 1 session with the guardians and what we found from the guardians is that the first residency really brought change in thier lives and they will really like to continue doing some of the things that we tought them and also have a support group.

Umthatha Capacity Training

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Molweni , Hello, Bonjour, Dumelang!!!!!!

Once again Sussie and I went to the Eastern Cape in Umtata where they speak deep isiXhosa mixed with English, which was nice for both of us. We went there to train community care workers with Itemba Community Development Services. We had a great time with 15 participants who enjoyed every minute with CWBSA facilitators.

Update from Kokstad, KZN

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Kokstad, kokstad, kokstad. Sibongile and I arrived on Sunday the 11th of September 2011. I was looking forward to this Njabulo Residency for a couple of reasons. One being the fact that it was my second residency programme and I was the project leader. Scarrry! Second being the fact that I was going to speak my language isiXhosa. It’s been a long time since I spoke my home language as I am now a resident of KwaZulu Natal.

Matatiele, Matatiele

An update from our follow-up residency in sweet Matatiele, Eastern Cape. Sibongile and I returned to work with the same guardians and children that we did the Najbulo residency programme with in September. We were joined by Katie Chalcraft, who came to observe the way we work for her research (see Wasafiri Consulting)

She wrote this piece about her experience:

Qu'est que c'est?

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Some snapshots from CWBSA of the different experiences doing a performance tour with Clowns Sans Frontieres in Cape Town from 19 Nov - 2 Dec.

Clowns in Botswana

I officially feel like a clown without a border...

HIV Prevention and Parenting in Underberg

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Sanibonani, Ninjani? Mina ngiyaphila. Greetings!!!!

This October, Sipho and I went up to Underberg to start a new programme for Clowns Without Borders with the Khuphuka Project – the Njabulo Parenting Programme for Teens. Sponsored by MacAIDS/HIVOS and Europcar, the program had all elements; it was challenging, fun, and extremely interesting. For the past years working for CWBSA, we have worked with younger children and their guardians, but this time we worked with teenagers and their guardians – a whole different story altogether!