Eight returning refugee's from Battambang have taken what they have learnt in a cultural workshop during their time spent in a refugee camp on the Thai border, and now help other refugees, Cambodia's poor, orphans and handicapped to overcome trauma through artistic expression.
The group is based on the outskirts of Battambang in Cambodia. They combine a circus with music, as well as providing school for over 400 students. The Phare Ponleu Selpak NGO gives Cambodian children from poor and disabled families the opportunity to "have access to culture via different artistic activities" including music, drawing drama, dancing and circus. The performances are often an opportunity for the circus to educate the community as well as the children involved about issues such as HIV/AIDS, landmines and children’s rights.
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