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Clowner utan Gränser - Clowns Without Borders

National Network: 
Erstagatan 3F
116 28 Stockholm
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Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

Clowns Without Borders (CWB) is a non-profit organization which offers resilience through laughter. We aim to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and other situations of adversity. We partner with individuals and organizations to bring small teams of professional performing artists to share performances and workshops with children and their families in refugee camps, conflict zones, or with communities who have experienced trauma or crisis.

Clowns without Borders was founded in Spain, 1993, under the name Payasos sin Fronteras. Today, Clowns without Borders exists in over fifteen countries, as well as the international federation Clowns Without Borders International, which coordinates joint projects and builds relations between the organisations in different countries. Clowns without Borders was founded in Sweden in 1996, and have since toured the entire world with performances and workshops. Some of the countries we have worked in are Bosnia, Belarus, Romania, Sudan, South Sudan, Algeria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Kurdistan, Kenya, Swaziland, Rwanda, D.R Congo, Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda as well as many more.

Mission and Objectives: 

VISION: The vision of Clowns without Borders, Sweden is a world filled with play, laughter and dreams, where it is possible for everyone to develop, to express themselves freely and to feel hope even in difficult situations.

MISSION: The mission of Clowns without Borders, Sweden is to spread laughter, happiness and hope. We send clowns and artists to children and societies struck by war, conflict and other crisisses around the world.

We use humour and play to uphold the human value and as a way to give children and adults possibilities to develop. In Sweden, we increase the knowledge about and engagement for people who find themselves in situations of distress, around the world.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Using laughter and humour, Clowns Without Borders activities has a positive impact on the mental attitude of children and families who live under various types of hardships and duress, and improves their capacity to confront the difficulties they face and live with.

We work with number of methods, artistic performances, workshops for beneficiaries and local artists as well as trainings of local staff in child friendly, creative skills. CWB has experiences implementing projects with many different beneficiaries: children affected by war and armed conflicts, natural disasters, children growing up in refugee camps, in red light districts, in orphanages etc.