Carribean News Now, 2006
Yesterday, my clown partner, Elisa Lane, and I completed our nine-day tour of this stricken region and are still overwhelmed by the damage done to the infrastructure.
Greetings from New Orleans! As many of you may already know, Southern Louisiana and Mississippi are still in a very nightmarish situation over one and a half years after the levees broke.
It is both shocking and awe inspiring to see a city such as Bombay with its metropolitan high-rises juxtaposed with fishing slums and extreme poverty...
The experience was full of color, laughter, music, screams, ocean waves and speeding cars, some sickness, some sadness, and much, much joy.
I was one of the five that arrived for the first leg of this expedition and was astonished on a daily basis by so much of what I saw, heard, felt.
After all the trips that I have done with CWB I have never experienced two different worlds in the same place as I did in Mumbai.
… The small street we drive up to is too crowded and small for the car to drive through. We decide to walk down to the small room where the children are waiting for the weird white clowns who are coming to perform for them. I throw my accordion on my back and we walk out into the maze of people and small alleys...
I am in an odd position. The reason being that India is my home and there are certain aspects of life there that I take for granted – the extremities, the dirt and poverty are a part of life that I grew up with...
We learned that anyone who knows a song has a gift to offer this world.
These performances are just one part of the many amazing experiences we have had during this five day residency in Malealea...
Voices ring out in harmony echoing in the bare community hall. “May you live in peace. May peace be with you.”
What’s that saying? When life gives you lemons, made lemonade!
First a week at the SOS Children’s Village in Maseru. We taught a 5 day residency to 100 children (two large groups in the morning) and 10 youth in the afternoons. Then on to Lesotho Child Counseling Unit and Ladybrand Hospice.