Clowns Without Borders South Africa has recently started a year-round project with Woza Moya in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal thanks to a grant from ArtAction. Part of this project is an afterschool circus programme for vulnerable children and youth who are affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Our vision is to use the circus arts as a means for empowerment and creative expression bringing much joy and anticipation to a community where CWBSA has worked for the past 5 years. These children live in one of the poorest regions of South Africa where the HIV/AIDS prevalance rate is much higher than the national average.
In Chibini, the village where Woza Moya is located, there are no places for children or youth to come together and play in a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop as individuals. As a result, we hope that the circus programme will provide them with this important resource awakening a sense of celebration in their lives and the community.
Currently, Woza Moya is building a Play Centre that will house our circus school. Most of the construction is completely funded. However, because we envision the children learning aerial acrobatics, we have asked the builder to raise the height of the ceiling and install a reinforced I-beam. This will cost an additional R20,000 or more to the project (about $2,000 USD).
Please help us raise this additional cost by making a donation today through GivenGain or directly into our bank account (please notify me so that I may earmark your donation to the constuction).