Thousands of refugees walk the Balkan Route, traveling from Greece, through Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia, in the hopes of getting refuge in the European Union. Many are still stuck along that route.
In March, 2018, CWB -USA returns to the Balkans for the second time in two years. Last year we partnered with SCI, supported by European Youth Foundation, on a project about amplifying youth stories. We heard members of the refugee communities tell us how forgotten they feel. Now, we’re revisiting those “transit camps” and communities, building on partnerships that began last year. When we hear the word “refugee,” we often think of temporary displacement. In fact, in 2015, more than half of the world’s refugees lived in protracted refugee situations.
Because many refugees are in informal camps, we expect that this tour will rely more heavily on the street performance and improvisation skills of our professional volunteers. For this tour, we’ve selected artists who are especially strong in those skills: Sabine Choucair, Justin Therrien and Bekah Smith.
Clowns Without Borders USA is thrilled to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. This grant supports the upcoming Balkan Route Tour. Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $495 million to thousands of charities around the world.