Our project in Myanmar
We’ve just launched a campaign in support of our Social Circus project in Yangon 2015-2016, with Serious Fun trainer Jules Howarth back in Myanmar to take the circus teams there to the next level.
Jules has been running weekly workshops in communities around the city since December. He’s reporting impressive progress from our keen and talented young circus teams at Thanlyin Boys’ Training Center, the kids at the Karen hostel in Taung Thu Gone, Scholarships For Streetkids in Mingaladon, Helping Hands, and the kids at Eden Center for Disabled Children in Insein.
Jules is doing shows with Circus4All Yangon which developed from a training of trainers project we set up for people working with disabled children and adults last May. After a week’s training with adaptive circus specialist Thomas Hinz, the participants decided to form their own circus. The troupe has continued training with Julian Ariza, a Serious Fun volunteer and genius with the buu-geng amongst other props.
Why Social Circus?
These activities are part of a social circus project tailored to the unique conditions in Yangon. Social Circus makes the skills of circus accessible and inspires and develops the personal skills of those taking part. There’s a growing international social circus network, using circus to engage and empower people, particularly children and youth from marginalized and vulnerable communities, across the globe.
We believe the Yangon circus teams are doing something special and are worth supporting. The next step is to bring them all together on Children’s Day, February 13, for workshops, rehearsals and presentations. We can’t wait to see what they do when they all get together.
Our crowdfunding campaign has just launched to raise funds for prop-making, transport, translators, food and drinks for the circum teams and crew. Please support our project by sharing this with your friends and liking us on Serious Fun in Yangon