In 2018, Alta Mane supported RED NOSES Clowndoctors International (RNI) also to conduct two Healthcare Clowning Missions, in Ukraine and Lesbos, intended to different displaced and migrant populations and, particularly, to minors on the move. Such support responded, on one hand, to the strategic renewal of Alta Mane tended to back projects creating, on the medium-long term, a systemic and possibly measurable impact, as well as promoting the transfer of skills and competencies to the different stakeholders operating in diverse humanitarian and complex emergency contexts. On the other hand, this support led Alta Mane to identify in the Emergency Smile Mission formats an innovative and integrated approach to address, in a targeted way, the varied needs of a changing society, and to face, in a timely manner, the new migration emergencies in Europe.
“Emergency Smile” is an innovative international Healthcare Clowning program that RNI develops since 2013, in collaboration with strong international partners on the ground, to various countries around the world that either suffer conflicts and natural disasters, or face migration emergencies, to provide psychological support to the diverse transiting populations and, in primis, to children. The missions, adapted to the age and the specific needs of the children, consist of different activities of clowning and Healthcare Clowning that give them the possibility to express their feelings in a playful manner, to help them to reconnect to positive feelings and regain resilience and hope. Furthermore, RNI uses an integrated approach when conducting emergency missions by addressing as well the needs of the humanitarian aid workers (medical staff, social workers, psychologists, etc.) and volunteers that daily work on the frontline by running Humour Workshops to teach them how to use “Humour” as a non-verbal communication tool when interacting with beneficiaries.