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Comedian Bhutisi in a clown skit to fight against Covid-19. The arts-based social intervention campaign is courtesy of Tamba Africa Circus Caravan. Comedian Admire “Bhutisi” Kuzhangaira is coordinating an initiative dubbed “Clowns Against Covid-19” aimed at educating and informing young people living in marginalised communities on the pandemic.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the social circus has created a campaign which uses play therapy and circus humour to assist young children living in Mbare cope with the effects of the virus as well as providing hope and relief to the vulnerable adults such as the elderly.

In an interview, Bhutisi said he brings his comedy skills to the campaign and says they have created #StaySafe skits which are designed to be shared on WhatsApp consuming little data and are appropriate for all ages. “Comedy is also a form of art therapy, and what we need to be sharing on our phones and Facebook is positive and uplifting content to take care of our mental health and keep our children safe.

“Tamba Africa has also created a Clowns against Covid-19. “We use simple language and clear clown based illustrations so children find the humour or play around wearing a mask or social distancing. “The first phase of Clowns against Covid-19 will run from July to August 2020,” he said.

Tamba Africa Managing Director, Haleema Mekani said: “The lockdown restriction and its effects can be seen in many households with people worrying about living expenses, their children’s education and their health.

“All of these aspects can be seen and felt by young children who may have not yet developed the emotional capacity to cope with a highly stressful home environment. “This effect on people’s mental health can bring about negative behaviours or responses towards the pandemic and their environment.

“The clowns provide relief from this everyday stress and introduce the subject of Covid-19, social distancing and other health guidelines in a more positive and humorous way,” she said.

Added Haleema: “Working together with organizations who are also providing food relief and support, the Clowns against Covid-19 team help with maintaining social distance guidelines in the lines, edutainment for the recipients and mental relief for children and adults.”

Tamba Africa is a Zimbabwean social circus applying inclusive circus arts dance, music, theatre, storytelling, circus arts and African Intangible Cultural Heritage as tools for social intervention. The social circus engaged young people from marginalized communities, especially young people with disability, orphans.

Source – H-Metro

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