Haiti 2010: Earthquake Response

February 12, 2010: A letter from Tim Cunningham (CWB USA Board President) When the tragic events of January 12th demolished Haiti, Clowns Without Borders began to receive phone calls and emails asking “How do I help?” and “What will Clowns Without Borders do?” We suggested that our supporters donate to ‘first responder’ organizations such as Medecins Sans Frontières and Partners in Health. All the while we have been organizing our clown volunteers to be prepared to go to Haiti to provide the ‘secondary support’ of laughter and psychosocial health through play. Not wanting to get in the way of the important and immediate relief efforts so greatly needed, we felt it was important to wait patiently for our partners to send out the call for support from the clowns. Bring in the Clowns. Recently we have been approached by numerous aid organizations seeking help to bring a spirit of laughter, joy and small moments of emotional relief to those affected by the earthquake. Our sister organization, Payasos Sin Fronteras (PSF) in Spain is sending their first group of volunteer artists to meet some those needs next week. CWB has been invited to join PSF starting in March. We will send volunteer artists from the USA to partner with Spanish clowns in Jacmel, Les Cayes and around Port au Prince. In late March CWB will send medical clowns with a team from Boston to the northern city of Cap Haitian to perform and provide support at makeshift tent clinics that are serving thousands of displaced and injured children from Port au Prince. This is just the beginning. In the past,...