For the first time in 8 years, Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica will bring a Festival to La Carpio, one of the most dangerous communities in San Jose and the largest settlement of migrants in Central America. Photo from Patchadams.org
For the first time in 8 years, Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica will bring a Festival to La Carpio, one of the most dangerous communities in San Jose and the largest settlement of migrants in Central America. Photo from Patchadams.org

(QCOSTARICA) “Patch Adams”, Hunter Doherty Adams, the American physician, clown and author who’s character inspired the popular movie is currently spreading smiles in Costa Rica, bringing laughter therapy to one of the most vulnerable communities in San Jose.

Patch Adams in La Carpio
Patch Adams in La Carpio

“La Carpio is the most dangerous place in Costa Rica, so where do we go? A La Carpio,” an excited Patch said, adding that on his first visit to the community he met many people full of love.

Doctor Patch Adam founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1971. Known for his philosophy of using humour as therapy, each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries.

In Costa Rica, accompanied by a group of 45 clowns from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Italy, the agenda calls for a week with the residents of La Carpio.

The agenda also called for share of the story of his life, jokes and emotional reflections on Tuesday with students and volunteers of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Adams on Tuesday filled the UCR auditorium, urging young medical students to make a revolution and find ways to provide a non-traditional service.

As part of the project, 45 clowns United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Italy, will also visit different institutions will share in workshops aimed at developing Clowning as a tool for healthy living.

Watch the video, Village of Hope: La Carpio, a documentary exploring the lives of eleven women who live in La Carpio, a slum located outside San Jose, Costa Rica.

For more information visit: http://www.patchadams.org/event/costa-rica/

Patch Adams at the Universida de Costa Rica (UCR). Photo Mayela López, La Nacion
Patch Adams at the Universida de Costa Rica (UCR). Photo Mayela López, La Nacion

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