Clowns without Borders International (CWB) aims to offer joy and laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency.
Four main objectives:
to bring psycho-social support to children and their communities through joy and laughter;
to establish connections with local grassroots organizations that are working to alleviate the suffering of communities;
to connect local performers to these organizations so that celebrations of laughter can continue on a more frequent basis after the expedition is over;
to raise our’ society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of peace and solidarity.
CWBI organizes the following activities:
Facilitate communication and cooperation between CWB bureaux as well as to strengthen the impact to their activities: regular board meetings, a yearly general assembly, numerous subgroup meetings; joint field projects; advocacy for the right to childhood; creation of shared monitoring and evaluation tools; partnerships between the federation and other international humanitarian actors (for instance Plan International).
To protect and support the common identity and the quality of the work of CWB bureaux: establishment of criteria for membership (including adherence to a shared code of ethics); communication tools (presentations, videos, photo exhibitions, website, Facebook); support for the creation of new national bureau based on initiatives of local partners.
To accompany its national bureaux in their activities: facilitation of artistic sharing for clown/circus-based performances, workshops for performers but also social workers, networking activities aimed at connecting local grassroots organizations with local performers, organization of “at home” events aimed to raise awareness and communicate on the impact of the projects (for instance the “Red Nos day” that took place in 10 countries where CWB has representatives in November 2014).