By Own correspondent – Durban- Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) brought laughter and smiles to children in remote corners of eThekwini Municipality today as part of Celebrate Durban.
Working in partnership with Kids Clinic and Women and Men Against Children Abuse (WMACA), Clowns Without Borders performed at 5 schools in Waterloo including Msunduze S. P. School and Golden Steps School for Intellectual Diability for over 3,000 children.
Clowns Without Borders’s show, “Siyasebenza!” combinds physical comedy, clown theatre, traditional song and dance, and circus arts, to address themes of HIV/AIDS, poverty, xenophobia, gender, and violence to simultaneously entertain and provoke audiences of all ages.
Their tour is part of the Celebrate Durban effort to bring the celebration directly to marginalized communities throughout the area.
“I like Clowns Without Borders. This was very fun. The show was so nice my stomache hurts from all the laughing. Thank you so much,” said Thembalethu Mchunu, Grade 7B from Msunduze.
“Golden Steps being an institution for the severely intellectually impaired is extremely thankful and appreciative to Kids Clinic and Clowns Without Borders for the superb performance. Our learners and staff found the message very clear and simple to understand,” said Mr. B. C. Singh, the principal at Golden Steps.
“Siyasebenza!” features professional local artists from KwaZulu-Natal as well as other regions of South Africa. Clowns Without Borders will be performing at other locations throughout the week including Addington, Clareville, and Chatsworth. All shows are FREE to the public and sponsored by eThekwini Municipality and Europcar.
CWBSA is an artist-led humanitarian organisation that uses laughter and play to provide psychosocial support to children and their caregivers affected by crisis. Since 2004, CWBSA has brought emotional relief to more than 185,000 beneficiaries throughout Southern Africa.
As a nonprofit organisation, CWBSA relies on the contributions of individuals, corporations, and foundations to do our work.