Amy Gwilliam (Tour Leader), Katharine James, Pipsa (CWB Finland)
Described as “detention centers” by the UN High Commissioner, refugee children and their families live in containers in small locked compounds in Hungary’s Transit Zones. It is extremely difficult to access these sites and there are no dedicated or regular activities for children. The monotony of day-to-day life is compounded in the Summer months when no school takes places. We shared laughter and play through performances and workshops on each site. Alongside this, we created a clown-based resource to share with NGO workers to help build anticipation of the clowns’ arrival and support the running of activities after we had left. We delivered a full days playfulness workshop to 20 UNHCR staff raising awareness about our child-centred approach to work with children.