In 2024, RED NOSES Clowndoctors International (RNI) intends to strengthen and intensify its presence on the Island of Lesbos by organizing, in collaboration with various humanitarian organizations operating in different migration emergency contexts inside and outside the Mavrovouni Closed Controlled Access Center (Moria 2.0), a unique mission of 24 weeks (April 1st– October 27, 2024 ).
The project aims to:
- give children and their families the possibility to bring out their traumas and express their feelings in a playful manner, to help them reconnect to positive feelings and regain reliance and hope;
- transfer the Skills of Healthcare Clowning to the local Staff members and volunteers of humanitarian organizations operating on the field to increase their psychosocial wellbeing and help them reduce the stress they experience in their everyday professional lives;
- integrate, on a regular basis, Healthcare Clowning interventions within the different humanitarian assistance programs of the organizations operating inside the Mavrovouni CCAC and in different community spaces supporting people on the move.
- approximately 600 minors and youths on the move (0-18 ages);
- approximately 200 UAM (0-13 ages);
- approximately 2’200 adults (Single Men, Single Women, mothers/fathers);
- approximately 300 humanitarian Aid-workers (caregivers, volunteers, and medical Staff).
The mission, which will be carried out on the Island of Lesbos in different spaces and care & support centers for different populations on the move, foresees, also with the support of Alta Mane, the following activities:
- 5 Preparatory Weeks on the field during which different teams of clown-doctors and Heads of Mission, also accompanied by a psychotherapist from the HEMAYAT organization, will be trained for the mission;
- 19 Weeks on the field, during which different artistic and Healthcare Clowning activities (Circus Smile Workshops; Clown-Shows; Music Parades; Community Building Activities) will be organized twice a day, ending up with a final debriefing; and in parallel, various Humour Relief Workshops for humanitarian aid-workers;
- Final Debriefings during which the clown-doctors will have the opportunity to process and reflect on lived experiences, discuss critical issues encountered during the mission, evaluate the interventions and share the Lessons Learnt;
- Developmental Integrated Evaluation Tool: an analysis and impact evaluation process, developed by RNI’s Research and Learning Department to assess the KPIs achieved during the mission.