google-site-verification=f00YMrKfrQcTJJNJijAcJCcXmaHx0cXPPfZAKWLWOqk
top of page

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Experience in project creation, consulting and project delivery with partners including: Irish Aid, UNICEF, UNHCR, the EU, USAID (through PCI Zambia), British Council, HIVOS and the Zambian Government.

 

I have coordinated or contributed to over 30 Development projects in sub Saharan Africa. The examples below give a flavour of some of these projects.

The C Factor 

Wake The Beast/ Macmillen and The Whittington Hospital 

  WINNER OF 2019 MACMILLAN 'INNOVATION AWARD'.

A new creative group approach for people going through cancer. Addressing its emotional impact through storytelling, discussion and laughter. 

Wake The Beast worked with the Whittington Hospital Psychology team and Macmillan to create a series of 8 sessions addressing 4 main topics related to cancer treatment. 

Adam had conversations with several people who had undergone treatment (or were still in treatment) at the Whittington hospital. The participants allowed their experiences to be used as part of 'Ricky's' story. A fictional character was created to protect people's identity's and allow for an amalgamation of several people's experiences to be presented. All Ricky's story is verbatim, taken directly from the interviews with patients. 

Follows the 'story' of Ricky and his cat Whitt through Ricky's cancer diagnosis and treatment. Ricky's story helps participants explore challenges experiences in a way that's; Non-intrusive, Fun and creative, reflective. 

Psychological support for people who may not choose one to one therapy. Psychological approaches, tools and techniques, support in a creative and energising/ uplifting context. 

Barefeet Theatre

Zambia 2006-Present

In 2006 I co-founded a Non Governmental Organisation and theatre company in Lusaka Zambia. Barefeet is a performance based organisation that works with over 2000 young people each week in a variety of artistic disciplines, assisting in the withdrawal of young people from living on Zambia’s streets. Through our activities we have been instrumental in providing a voice for young people who have found themselves on the streets, and through Barefeet many young people have gained the confidence to move to a safer environment. Through running the organisation I managed a staff of 30+ overseeing all activities, budgets, strategy, partnerships, HR, fundraising,        communications, monitoring and evaluation as well as report/ proposal writing, creating our programme of activities and steering our artistic collaborations. Barefeet have toured extensively to festivals in the USA, Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Poland and the U.K.

Eagles, Snakes and Stars

BAREFEET THEATRE/ EGPAF, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

Working with Elizabeth Glazier Paediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) we created and delivered a series of six performance stories and six follow up workshops in clinics and children’s support groups for children living with HIV across six sites in Lusaka.

 

Using the central characters of Sunny and Gift we explored themes, highlighted as being common challenges, include; low morale of the children by being stigmatised for taking their medication, always being at the clinic when their friends are playing or always being sick. Other issues may include the reluctance of children to take their medication or not eating well.

 

The second stage of the project used the characters and scenarios as topics that were explored and investigated in the children’s support groups that are ongoing throughout the clinics.

UNCLE JOHN & AUNTY PRECIOUS

Barefeet 2007- 2016

Uncle John/ Aunty Precious has never left their village far in the North of Zambia. One night the chief has a vision, some of her subjects in Lusaka are in trouble and she needs to send Uncle John/ Aunty Precious to help them. So begins a terrifying journey of self-discovery as Uncle John/ Aunty Precious arrives in Lusaka where everything is modern and unknown. Participants have to support Uncle John/ Aunty Precious navigate this ‘new world’, along the way they meet children living on the streets and the family behind two of the children. Over 10 interactive storytelling sessions we follow the twists and turns of Uncle John/ Aunty Precious’ journey as they battle to support the family along the way learning the reasons why children may be on the streets and the pathways they can take to prevent that outcome.

Uncle John/ Aunty Precious has been running since 2009- with an initial pilot ‘Bwacha Twangale’ with Grassroot Soccer supported by PCI. In its first year 1539 children graduated from this street prevention programme in high drift (to the street) communities. The programme was adapted several times to work with children already on the streets through Barefeet’s residential camps. Beautifully demonstrating the power of storytelling and creative participation in supporting young people to make positive life choices.

SUPERBABY

Barefeet and UNICEF

This interactive comic fantasy, explored the benefits of early childhood stimulation.Through this fun and engaging interactive performance mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles grandmothers, grandfathers and big brothers and sisters where invited to share their ideas on stimulating cognitive, social, emotional, language/communication and motor skills development. Barefeet then shared the secret ingredients of how to create a super hero (this is a tongue on cheek way of delivering important information to assist with early childhood development). Toured 15 rural communities in Easter Province, Zambia 2015.

A PROMISE RENEWED-

Barefeet, UNICEF, UNHCR and Government of Zambia

 

 

‘A Promised Renewed’- was a unique collaboration between Barefeet and 5 of UNICEF’s sections to work towards the reduction of child mortality. Barefeet worked with WASH, Child Protection, Education Life Skills, Education Early Childhood Development Education and Communications sections to create a 18 month programme of activities, training over 5000 participants in topics such as Hand washing, ECD, sexual health, and stigma and discrimination, with ‘Step Out’ community performances reaching over 100,000 people in rural and urban communities across all 10 Zambian Provinces.

A time traveller ‘Dr Mukandawire’ came from the future to work with children in Western Province to spread the hand washing revolution. ‘Mutinta’s Secret’ took the form of an interactive game show to work with teenagers in areas of high teenage pregnancy. ‘Miss Mathematics/ Boxed’ collaborated with UNICEF Child Protection, The EU and UNHCR to travel to all the Refugee Camps and surrounding communities to work with children, staff and community leaders investigating stigma and discrimination- the conclusion of which was a huge streamed performance in Lusaka featuring over 200 young performers and Zambian superstar; Maureen Lilanda. All activities culminated in the ‘One Drum Many Beats’ festival in Lusaka headlined by Femi Kuti and the Positive Force band.

A truly unique adventure utilising the power of art to entertain, inspire and transform lives.

ADAM

MCGUIGAN

bottom of page