Approximately 5-7 million children are admitted into hospitals each year in Russia. The majority of seriously sick children can spend many years. For any child, staying in a hospital is a great stress. In this situation Hospital Clowns come to help. This project is a presentation of an unusual profession of being a Hospital Clown. By creating positive emotions through clownery, games and art therapy, Hospital Clowns foster rehabilitation of children at in-patient treatment. They are near a sick child at the hardest moments: first appearance at hospital, painful procedures, preparation for an operation and right after it. A Clown is capable to raise a child’s mood and vitality.
It may seems easy to be a Hospital Clown. But in reality accompanying a child during an illness is a very painstaking and hard work. Serious physical and psychological work of a professional team is behind the bright and merry Clown’s appearance. They bring back positive emotions to children and their parents and help believe that a smile and laughter can conquer the most serious illness.
Olga Boltneva was born in 1982 in a small town of Sverdlovsk region. After graduation from school she entered the university in Ekaterinburg. Having received the BA and having worked for two years in a large company, she got promotion and moved to Moscow.
In Moscow, quite alone, seeing a different rhythm of life with people constantly hurrying somewhere not noticing each other, she for the first time felt really lonely. The only support she found was in church, in religion that helped understand what we live for. That was how the quest for virtues and understanding of God’s commandments and their manifestations in life have started.
The first sound project is “Hospital Clowns”. In it the author investigates an unusual profession: a Hospital Clown who totally dedicates his or her own self to children.
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