Micael Bogar, Juliana Frick
Following the two massive earthquakes earlier in 2015 Clowns Without Borders USA travelled to Nepal in Novenber 2015. There are 586 displacement sites each ranging in size from around 200 – 8,000 people, all temporarily housing thousands of vulnerable children. Clowns Without Borders-USA worked hand in hand with Circus Kathmandu, a burgeoning circus troupe formed in 2010. Circus Kathmandu is made up of thirteen young Nepalese artists who have been rescued from trafficking and the streets and have turned to contemporary circus to build their self-esteem and to chart a path out of stigma and poverty. After a three-day workshop in Kathmandu with Circus Kathmandu artists, they traveled with the Nepalese artists to seven displacement sites within the Kathmandu Valley, reaching several thousand children to provide creative relief amongst people who have lost their homes, livelihoods, sense of security and families and friends.