2016 is drawing to a close, but our volunteers finish out the year on another Clowns Without Borders USA project. A team of amazing artists were in Dallas, Texas, from November 6 to November 18, in partnership with Refugee Services of Texas (RST). The three-person team taught physical theater and circus to three different groups […]
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Clowns Without Borders assembled a dynamite team of performers and teaching artists who returned to St. PJ’s Children’s home in San Antonio, Texas. From June 5-21, 2016, Marisol, Sayda, and Luther employed their clowning and circus skills to bring laughter and smiles to the children living at St. PJ’s. St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, also […]
Situation: The Bay Area of California has a booming economy thanks in part to the tech industry, but according to multiple reports, poverty remains at record levels. The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies showed that poverty in the area is above 11 percent, and that children are disproportionately affected. According to the […]
In April, CWB-USA will be partnering with Field Innovation Team (FIT) to work in San Antonio, TX with the youth staying at St. PJ’s Children’s Home! CWB is honored to have been invited to join the efforts to bring some small amount of joy and ease in these children’s lives.
On May 7th and 8th, 2009, Clowns Without Borders-USA initiated a mini project with Washington, D.C. inner city schools. The project was be led by Gwen, Elisa and Les, reuniting the trio from their last CWB collaboration in the 2008 Egypt Project.
Clowns: Gwen Rooker, Elisa Lane, Les Rivera, Project Manager: Bruce MacPhail, Partner Organization: STEP – Strategies to Elevate People
During the spring and summer of 2007, Clowns Without Borders organized 3 expeditions to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, in and around New Orleans Louisiana. These expeditions were organized in response to the continuing lack of aid over the past 2 years for low-income families affected by the hurricane. In these communities, public schools are still unopened or overcrowded and understaffed, families are without permanent housing, people are demoralized.
We have finished the last big day of our tour… we played four shows today for about 1,450 adults and kids in Oceanspring, Mississippi. In the Magnolia Park Elementary School 300 of the students lost their homes. Luckily, the two elementary schools here survived to give the students and teachers a sense of normalcy.
The destruction here is massive, buildings turned to rubble, or simply gutted from the storm surge. I have been so surprised that the destruction is so different from that of Louisiana, as well as the recovery effort. Many people who lost their homes were at least land-owners, not renters in Mississippi; so there are many fewer FEMA trailer parks. The community support is quite apparent, but there is still so much to do and so many people that need help.
It is the strangest of situations to say the least, sitting and eating in an upscale Mexican-American restaurant amongst the clatter of dishes and glasses and conversations. What creates the incongruities is that here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana there are also over three hundred shelters operating amongst an army of Red Cross staff and volunteers. Life appears close to normal, stores are open, people are shopping, however the streets are jam packed with traffic as this city of 200 000 has swelled by some estimates to close to 500 000.
We performed numerous shows for small crowds, mostly mothers and their children; we got to hold newly orphaned infants born with drug addictions. We saw the beauty of the Texas skies and the trauma of many reeling or recovering from domestic violence and of the war. The smiles and laughs were universal and plentiful.