Thursday March 10th, 2016
With nine days on the ground in Haiti our team has conducted a whirlwind tour, presenting programs in three different areas of the country, from the heart of Port-au-Prince to rural remote parts of the southeast. Well over 2500 people have seen or participated in our shows, workshops and walkabouts; everywhere we have been warmly welcomed, and the copious smiles and laughs our interactions brought have been so rewarding from an entertainer’s perspective. There have been 22 programs altogether including in nine schools, three orphanages, community centers, village streets, and a hospital. Words can’t describe the numerous heartwarming moments, but here’s a short description of some of highlights:
- Making music and and smiles with the young patients at the pediatric unit of the La Paix Hospital.
- An afternoon of clown fun and play with the Foyer Evangelique Universel orphans and their neighborhood friends.
- A spontaneous music and dance parade to wide smiles and jumps for joy amongst the residents of the cardboard houses of Parc Cadeau refugee camp.
- A day of clown and juggling workshops, followed by a group show for 250 people, at the young people’s theater, Mouvement de la Jeunesse pour la Culture, in Grand Goave. This was in collaboration with coordinator Morlon Bellerice, and Terre des. Hommes educator César Oddly, both clowns who have worked with CWB in previous years.
- A show at the ABC for Life school in Delmas, performing for 80 poor children alongside well known (T.V.) trio of Haitian clowns, Pè Bon Bout, Blan Pèpè and Denyè Dimansyon, watching the young peoples eyes widen as they saw famous faces leading us in.
- A show for the guests, and a workshop with local comedians, at Haiti Communitère, a multicultural eco-center that supports grassroots organizations, and which became our base of operations.
We’ll do some more programs with César, Pè and friends to bring the total to 25 by the time we end. We’re grateful (and a little tired too) for these beautiful experiences, and delighted to have cemented old connections and made many new good friends in this enchanted land.
Many thanks to our amazing driver Monsieur Senatus who was very patient and careful and all the many people and organizations, in Haiti and in the USA, that made this all possible. Please look for the pictures already posted or to follow.
Na we pita (see you later),
Clay, Alex and Chris.