Programming in Guatemala is diverse and like all CWB-USA work, shifts to meet the needs of the people being served. Our pilot project sent the clowns to hold free shows and work with local partners to teach children how to paint murals. The art program fulfilled the need for a healthy and expressive activity for these children, the poorest of the poor, who had such a strong desire to paint and learn. Other projects have served communities heavily afflicted by HIV/AIDS. Using performances and interactive workshops teams helped to raise awareness for the youth and their teachers. When hurricane Stan struck in 2005 causing massive destruction and loss of infrastructure, volunteer performers toured the region where 1,000+ lives were lost. Further touring in the western highlands of Guatemala has been in service to Indigenous Mayan people, most of whom live in extreme poverty. The area is also plagued by a high level of violence left over from a genocidal war waged by the Guatemalan military (with US support) from the 1970’s through the early 1990’s.
Our Work Here
Started in 2000
4 Projects Completed
17,390 People Served
*No featured partner–should feature Project Payaso, but site is no longer active…possible option to link to this site: http://proyectopayaso.org or the Theatre of the Oppressed: http://me-to-ca.blogspot.com