10 Feb Collaborating With The Community
The IJC, as a volunteers-based-convention, and the Israeli association for juggling and circus arts view the connection and the cooperation with the community and society in general as a fundamental principle.
As a result of this principal, the IJC hosts and funds each year several groups from disadvantaged communities for a visit in the IJC where they take part in different workshops that are created especially for them.
The groups get to refresh themselves from their daily routine for a day of fun that also strengthens their feeling of capableness and self-confidence of the participants.
In Addition, in the past few year we decided we want the juggling to accompany the groups not just at the IJC, but also in their daily life and daily struggles. For that we have created the Great Balls Project – every IJC attendee is invited to prepare a few simple juggling balls in advance and bring them to the convention, where they will be donated to the groups. This way, the participants from the groups can practice their juggling that they learned during the IJC throughout the year and make it an ongoing supporting process in their life instead of a one-time event.
If you want to participate this year, great! we need your help making some juggling balls to give to all of the groups we will host. Those juggling balls are easily made from rice, plastic bag and balloons. make as many as you can and bring it with you to the convention. Here is a video made by Omer Lewy, Our community outreach coordinator, teaching how to do it yourself:
the video is in hebrew but it is easy to follow up on the process..:-)
Over the years the IJC and the Israeli association for juggling and circus arts in the convention has hosted groups of:
- Disabled children.
- Women and their children from shelters for women who experienced violence at their home and women who were rehabilitated from life on the streets.
- Adults who take part in the Clubhouse program for people with mental issues.
- “Sinai” Special needs school from Ramla & “Idud” Special needs school from Rehovot.
- “Emuna” and “Renanim” Boarding schools.
- Foreign workers and poor families’ children from the Bialik-Rogozin school.
- Children with Williams Syndrome from the Tel HaShomer Hospital.
- Adults with Down Syndrome from the Yeted Organization.
- Joint effort with the “Centre culturel français de Naplouse” to deliver juggling workshops to Palestinian children in Naplouse (Shchem),
at Hope Flowers School.
Here you can find some Thank you letters and a full description of our activities –