Everybody's having fun
We were very lucky to have as part of our team Reza Aziz who is a very experienced Playback Theatre leader from Dhaka. In the picture above you can see Reza warming up the group for a full afternoon of laughter and self-expression. Despite a family member being seriously ill in hospital in Dhaka, Reza gave selfless devotion to bringing light back into these children's eyes, we were all certainly blessed by having Reza with us.
We decided to have a more relaxed and enjoyable afternoon as the first day of our visit had been very emotional for everyone. Plus we wanted to make people aware that our work was not just about crying and dealing with loss, part of the process is to bring back laughter, nothing is quite as soothing than to hear children laughing uncontrollably.
Let's have afternoon tea
Laughing is infectious
Some of the parents and elders came to the afternoon just to sit, watch and enjoy their children joining in together with other children. Some parents came to see other children play to honour their own children who were no longer there to enjoy the fun. The afternoon was bitter-sweet to see a father watching the other children play and laugh with tears in his eyes telling us how he had lost his only son. Whilst Reza and other team members worked with the children we were able to sit and be present for some of the Father's and Mother's who really just wanted to talk and to know that someone was there to listen.
Playtime can be so much fun
"Play energizes and enlivens us.
It eases our burdens.
It renews our natural sense of optimism
and opens us up to endless new possibilities"