Durban, 15 August 2012 – Clowns Without Borders South Africa (www.cwbsa.org) performed 21 shows for 12,115 children at schools and children’s homes around the Verulam and Waterloo area over the past 2 weeks. As part of Project Imbokodo – “You strike a woman, you strike a stone” – the tour raised awareness about violence against women and children.
Clowns Without Borders South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play. Since 2004, clowns and other artists have performed for over 250,000 children throughout Southern Africa.
Project Imbokodo provides a space for hope, joy, and celebration for those affected by gender-based violence and their communities, providing children with relief from the challenges of their everyday lives.
“For just those few minutes of the show, these kids were able to just focus on the show and on being happy. They never get to do that. Thank you for giving them that,” said Shireen Slileman, social worker at the Lake Haven Home for Children. And the children agree! “I think that they should do more of this kind of thing to inspire people and encourage the world to smile. It was so excellent!” thirteen-year-old Kyle, a resident of a home for children excitedly told the clowns after the show.
Project Imbokodo will continue with afterschool activities and workshops to provide direct psychosocial support to children affected by sexual abuse, HIV, and poverty, using the creative arts to help children build lifeskills, express their stories and life dreams, and move forward in their lives in a positive direction.
The Imbokodo Project is sponsored by the AfriSun Foundation and Europcar.