Clowns Without Borders South Africa Needs Help

I received this letter from Jamie McLaren Lachman, one of the principal forces behind Clowns Without Borders South Africa. He and I are also Dell’arte Graduates. (I’ve reproduced only a portion of Jamie’s letter below)

Jamie and his crew do amazing work in rural communities of South Africa. (to read about some of Jamie’s recent work in Lesotho, visit their Clowns Without Borders journal page

If you are so inclined, please consider donating to them.

They are doing wonderful stuff, and bringing joy and laughter to kids (and families) who have very little joy in their lives.


Dear Friends of Clowns Without Borders South Africa,

… We are in URGENT need of donations to cover our final expedition for 2007. We have a team of South African and Canadian teaching artists heading to the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa this month. The expedition will be working with community based organizations to provide emotional relief to children and their caregivers in rural communities affected by HIV/AIDS. We expect to be performing for about 8,000 children over the next 4 weeks. Our performances and theatre arts workshops hope to allow the space and opportunity for children who have recently lost one or both parents to rediscover a sense of play, creativity, imagination, and hope in their lives – the permission to be children again.


Unfortunately, we are $2,000 (R15,000) short of our fundraising goal to cover this expedition.


Please support us! Any amount from $5.00 to $5,000 is most welcome. This money will help cover our travel costs. teaching artists’ stipends, and necessary supplies including food for the children who come to our daily workshops.

To Donate:
CWB-SA is a register NonProfit Organization in South Africa. About 90% of our donations go directly to expedition costs in the field.

We are now set up to receive electronic transfers into our bank account
(from South Africa and internationally):

Nedbank, Brand Rd Branch
Acct: 1743009747
Branch Code: 174305
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ
(from the United States)
US donations made payable to “Clowns Without Borders” with “South Africa” in the memo are Tax Deductible through our sister organization, CWB-USA, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in the United States.

1. Send Checks to:
Clowns Without Borders
42 Cumberland Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06119

2. Paypal:
Click on www.clownswithoutborders.org/helping/index.shtml. Be sure to write “South Africa” in the “Payment For” line

**Please notify us by email that you have made a donation so that we can track it and let you know that it has safely arrived.

Thank you very much! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I would be more than happy to answer them. I really appreciate your interest in our work. Hope to be sending you reports from the field in Limpopo soon!

May you be peaceful and happy,

Jamie McLaren Lachman
Director and Founder
[email protected]

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