For seven consecutive years "Corporacion Humor y Vida" has brought the project "Tour around the Equator for a Culture of Peace" to the Colombian- Ecuadorian border. Over 13,000 children, youth, adults and community leaders have learned dance, theater and other forms of expression in zones affected displacement and armed conflict from Colombia.
The border region between Ecuador and Colombia is characterized by both high cultural and ethnic diversity and social inequality and violence. There are indigenous, afro-descendant, migrant, and displaced/refugee groups. The region suffers from poverty, conflict and post-conflict with resulting maladies like alcoholism, gender based violence, high social-distrust. The resulting absence of socio-cultural spaces exacerbates the lack of social cohesion.
This project brings dance, theater and performance artists from around the world to bring the pure joy, entertainment, and education of arts to these impacted communities. This reintroduces a sense of play and brings groups together of diverse ethnicities and nationalities to engage in social dialogue and cultural expression. Through this process, community members are able to regain their voice and better understand their neighbors.
In addition to reintroducing play and expression to challenged communities, Humor y Vida builds lasting relationships with leadership in these communities. Beyond workshops and entertainment, they provide training of trainers to youth leaders. As a result, these youth leaders can go on to train others in neighboring communities and continue the impact. It is also a potential source of income generation for these youth given high rates of unemployment.