It has been 5 months since the Beirut Port explosion. Zero accountability and zero government action. The people are the only ones who have been helping to pick each other up and try to put the city back together.
Clown Me In is only one of hundreds of groups and individuals doing the best we can under extremely difficult circumstances, relying on aid and relief funds (although it isn't and under no circumstances should be the norm). Despite this, we are doing whatever we can to alleviate the situation to the best of our abilities.
Thanks to your generous donations, we have so far spent $10,300 on:
Doors and glass repairs/replacement: $4,100
Paying for education: $3,000
Supporting artists: $1,000
Comic relief tour: $600
Armenia relief: $250
With the support of Payasos Sin Fronteras, we put on a show called the Comic Relief Tour, visiting the areas impacted by the blast to try and bring back a bit of light to the people, especially the many children severely impacted by PTSD. It was one of the hardest things we've ever done, but we received incredible feedback from parents or volunteers about kids who hadn't smiled or spoken since the blast finally starting to express themselves, or leave their houses, or just act like kids again.
This fundraiser was originally intended to raise money to help artists affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and the deteriorating economy realize small projects that we would fund through this micro-grant and disseminate through our social media accounts.
However, since the catastrophic events of August 4,we also wanted to redirect efforts where they were most needed, in the wake of the terrible explosion in Beirut inflicted on us by the negligent ruling class. We began by working on the ground to provide direct aid and relief to people. This involved helping clear broken glass, buying food and medicine for people, and really just using whatever resources we have to help in our community.
Thanks to your generous donations, we have so far spent 5800$ on:
Doors and glass : 4100$ Supporting Artists: 1000$ Medicine : 700$
We are currently working on the form of psychosocial support that we are specialized in-using clowning and laughter to spread relief in the communities affected by the blast, especially families with young children who have been unable to process their trauma (while taking all COVID-19 precautions).
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