The project in summary

Artistic activities and Healthcare Clowning interventions in Greece and in the Balkans for migrant and refugee minors, accompanied and unaccompanied.

The project in detail

In 2021, RED NOSES Clowndoctors International (RNI) intends to strengthen its presence in migratory contexts in Europe by conducting 2 Emergency Smile Missions in Greece and/or in the Balkans in collaboration with renowned international humanitarian organizations, and consolidate the current Emergency Smile Methodology, adapting it to measure the impact of Healthcare Clowning activities in migratory contexts, with a priority focus on unaccompanied minors (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, UASC). The project, which will most likely be developed in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2021, depending on the evolution and spread of COVID-19 pandemic, aims to:

  • Give children 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 in order to increase their psychosocial wellbeing and help them reduce the stress they experience in their everyday professional lives;
  • Identify, disseminate and replicate the Best Practices of Healthcare Clowning in other emergency contexts and transfer them to other stakeholders who intervene on the ground.
  • Hundreds of minors on the move, including UASCs;
  • Several humanitarian workers and volunteers from international organizations who will participate in the Humour Relief Workshops.

Each of the two missions in Greece and/or in the Balkans, also with Alta Mane support, foresees the following activities:

  • 1 Pre-mission Training on the field (1 week) during which 4 clown-doctors and 1 RNI Head of Mission will be trained for the mission;
  • Mission on the field (3 weeks) during which artistic and Healthcare clowning activities will be organized such as clown-shows, parades and Circus Smile shows, intended to minors and UASCs; and Relief Humour Workshops intended to the various humanitarian workers and volunteers of the organizations operating in the different reception centers;
  • One-day Debriefing on the field 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 with the Emergency Smile Project Leader;
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Process to assess the impact, effectiveness, sustainability and replicability of the Program.