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Haiti 2014

Learn about the current project in Haiti!

Overview

CWB returns to Haiti in November of 2014.

The next CWB project in Haiti, from November 10th to 26th, highlights artistic exchange with a team of 11 Haitian, French, and American artists. After 6 days of workshopping and creating 2 shows the group will split into 2 with one performance tour in the center and another simultaneous tour in the north. The two groups will meet up again for final “double feature” performances around Petit Goave and Port au Prince. This trip is timed to celebrate International Children’s Day which marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the convention for children’s rights and the 20th anniversary of Haiti‘s signing of the convention. CWB will be partnering with Libraries without Borders, TDH-Terre des Hommes, and a number of local organisations.

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Context

Haiti is still recovering from the 2010, magnitude 7, earthquake which left 230,000 dead, 300 000 injured, and 1.5 million displaced people. Despite the strong current of solidarity over the last 4 years, important reconstruction and development needs remain. 145 000 displaced people still live in camps, including 60,000 children.

Since 2013, international NGOs have started to disengage, reducing and reorienting their projects. They are progressively transforming their humanitarian activities into development programs in partnership with Haitian civil society.

Clowns Without Borders (USA as well as Spain and Canada) have been very engaged in Haiti over the last 3 years, more than 200 shows and around 50 artistique workshops have been organized for over 70,000 people. These activities have been an integral part of the psychosocial programs lead by NGO partners, notably Plan International, Terres des Hommes and International Rescue Committee.

Clowns Without Borders deems it essential to continue its engagement in Haiti, developing new partnerships with local organisations and Haitian artists in order to sustainably integrate artistic activities into the psychosocial care of vulnerable children.

The main objectives of this november’s project:

– Artistic exchange and reinforcement of the Haitian, American, and French participants

– Create shows with Haitian, American, and French artists performing together

– Bring psychosocial support to vulnerable children through performances

– Build relationships between artistes and Haitian organisations

You can learn about our past projects in Haiti right here.

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