About Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders uses play to help refugee children heal, learn and thrive. Guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we recognise laughter and play as a stabilising force for children living in crisis around the world. Since their inception in 2014, they have shared laughter and play with over 100,000 children in humanitarian settings in 14 countries. Their teams are made up of professional local and international artists, facilitators, play therapists and child development experts.

The world’s largest NGO’s describe their work as “psycho-social first-aid” and recognise their “innovative approach which blends funds with psychological and humanitarians support, can reach children and help them heal faster.” Over 300 humanitarian workers have taken part in our play-lead, Train-the-Trainer programmes.

They are committed to changing the way the world thinks about play.

They have shared laughter and play with refugee children in Turkey since 2016. With this experience behind us and with our established local artists and practitioners working hand in hand with the local community, we are truly well placed to support the healing of children.

About Clowns Without Borders

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The need

Global conflict affects 1.5 billion people. It has forced 32 million children to flee their homes. Alongside this, natural disasters affect over 200 million people each year. 

In disasters, the challenges of day-to-day life can be overwhelming. Making sure children have the freedom to play and relax is more important than ever. It helps them make sense of the world and provides comfort and respite when it is needed the most. 

That is why Clowns Without Borders shares playful performances in refugee camps and crisis zones around the world.

The solution

Meeting Needs provided £4,855 to support a team of four clowns visiting Ukrainian refugees in Romania as part of Project Hope. The tour visited two cities in Romania as part of a year long program bringing joy and laughter to Ukrainian children.

For more about the project, see here.