The project in summary

Clown-doctors and animation activities realized by young artists of Fekat Circus, including 4 appropriately trained clown-doctors, for the young patients of the Black Lion hospital, the largest and main public hospital in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

The project in detail

To improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of young patients in the pediatric and onco-pediatric wards of the Black Lion hospital in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia).

Approximately 5’600 children between the ages of 0 and 16 hospitalized in the Black Lion hospital in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

In 2018, the project supported by AMI in partnership with AMG foresaw clowns, game rooms and entertainment activities intended to 5’600 children, ages 0-6, and led by the young artists from the Fekat Circus, 4 of whom are clown-doctors, trained in annual workshops. The clowns visited the rooms of the patients twice a week. In the main room of the pediatric ward entertainment was provided and various recreational, artistic and play activities were offered using games of construction and memory. These activities improve the emotional and psychological well-being of the young patients and stimulate their healing. Fun and creative activities are, in fact, considered therapeutic tools capable of improving the psychological and emotional well-being of the children.

Fekat Circus also attempts to stimulate children and young people living in disadvantaged conditions by offering circus arts and juggling classes at the Association’s compound and in other educational centers (orphanages, homeless shelters and other NGOs) every afternoon.

Fondation Alta Mane supported Fekat Circus from 2009 to 2011, and in partnership with Fondazione Alta Mane Italia from 2012. For further information regarding the project please visit this page.