Circus Time Once More
NSC News | Monday, 30 March 2015 |
Performers Without Borders (PWB) bring social circus project to Nicaragua for the third year.
They’re back! Once more PWB are in Nicaragua delighting, entertaining and training children with their circus skills. During their annual three month visit it’s become a tradition for NSC to organise two days of performances at schools in Managua that have solidarity links with the UK.
This year they performed at Colegio Los Pollitos and Colegio Santa Rosa, supported by the Islington Managua Friendship Association and Santa Rosa Fund in Tavistock respectively. They also performed on the cancer ward at the Children’s Hospital La Mascota, visited by the NSCAG delegation in February, and at the Colegio Caminos in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.
Meanwhile, the PWB troupe continue to work with their long term partners ‘Proyecto Barrilete’ (an after school project for poor children in León), ‘Los Quinchos’ who work with abandoned and mistreated children in San Marcos, and ‘The School of Comedy and Mime’ who work with young people from precarious family situations in Granada. The performance skills the children develop through PWB workshops enable them to explore their potential, build their confidence and develop creativity and team work.
Yahoska from Los Quinchos commented: “They taught me not to say I can’t do it. It might be difficult, but if I try, I can. I can apply that to life too”.
The seven strong troupe entertaining and teaching hundreds of Nicaraguan kids consists of Oihana and Bea (Spain), Poppy (Ireland), Karen (Australia), and Josh, Paddy and Graham (UK). Paddy is from Bristol which has twinning links with Puerto Morazán, Nicaragua.
Paddy MCrea says: “It’s an amazing experience to be able to bring such happiness and opportunities to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. It’s also a chance to pass on the skills I’ve learned and give back to those less fortunate than myself.”
Further information on PWB can be found at: www.performerswithoutborders.org.uk