Four Clown-Doctors on their journey to traumatized children from East Ukraine. An oppressive, yet hopeful story.
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EMPOWERING YOUNG IDPs IN UKRAINE
Supporting the youth, who were affected by the Ukraine conflict, has been a main objective for RED NOSES for many years already. Partnering with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, they seek out for these young people to provide them with psychosocial support through humour.
RED NOSES brings positive emotions to the children, through humour, respect and empathy. The professional clowndoctors work with the children over a period of several days to create a grand circus performance. The show’s theme will be inspired by the young participants and their newfound creativity. Often, the narrative explores emotions of feeling at home or a sense of belonging. These themes often elicit strong emotional reactions from the audience and draw a large applause from family and loved ones at the show.
After meeting the basic humanitarian needs, it is important not to forget the necessity to provide this internal displaced people with the needed psychosocial support.
Most times these people have lost everything, witnessed and survived armed conflicts and now live in dire and stressful situations.
On the other hand, children, very often, are too small to understand the traumatic incidences that so heavily affect their families’ lives, and consequently cannot process them adequately using words. With the artistic and interactive clown interventions, the children are given the possibility to express their feelings in a playful manner.
The clowns can trigger a shift of focus, concentrating on the positive, the strength and the abilities of the children. The reconnection to positive feelings helps to regain resilience and hope.
This way the clown interventions have an important impact on the emotional wellbeing of parents and other relatives, too. The families of the children feel relieved and less tense when they see that their children can laugh despite the hardship.
Laughter is crucial in seemingly hopeless circumstances as it liberates the ability to feel emotions again. The clown succeeds in doing this without forcing to re-experience hurtful feelings.
Every year, international teams of RED NOSES clowns do several Emergency Smile missions in crisis areas in different countries to uplift people through humour sustainably.
Ten Countries. One Mission.
RED NOSES clowns are no doctors, but rather highly trained professional artists. They improvise instead of operating. By harnessing the power of humour, the clowns enhance the healing process, provide psychosocial support and create moments of joy.
The work of RED NOSES has a broad range on programmes that touches a variety of target groups: children in hospitals, people in geriatrics, patients in rehabilitation centers, youth with mental and multiple disabilities, as well as disaster affected people in crisis areas (such as refugees or internally displaced peoples).
RED NOSES Clowndoctors was founded in 1994 in Austria as a non-profit organisation, bringing humour and laughter to people in need of joy. In 2003 the charitable non-profit foundation RED NOSES Clowndoctors International (RNI), also based in Austria, was established as headquarters of the RED NOSES group. Its tasks are to build up, monitor and support international RED NOSES partner organisations. In doing so, RED NOSES International simultaneously develops and maintains high ethical and artistic quality standards in all its clown programmes within the group.