In 2009 Fekat Circus began to run the “Smile’s Medicine Project” in the paediatric ward of the Black Lion Hospital, the main governmental hospital in Ethiopia. Since then, every day, for two hours, a team of animators and doctor-clowns entertains the young patients hosted in the ward.The project’s intent is to promote the healing process of the hospitalized children by creating a more child-friendly environment. Through clowning, storytelling, group games, painting and puppetry, the project seeks to improve the emotional and psychological well-being of the patients, thereby stimulating better health conditions, atmosphere and recovery.
The project is funded by Fondazione Alta Mane Italia (AMI) and Fondation Alta Mane Geneva (AMG). In addition, since 2011 Fondazione Theodora is supporting the project by building the capacities of our doctor-clown team. In 2013, also the Dream doctors organized a workshop for the Fekat Circus doctor-clowns in Addis Ababa. We like to mention here that the “Smile’s medicine project” was born after our unforgettable visit in 2008 to the Sarakasi Trust Hospital Project in Kenya!