* Improve the emotional wellbeing of children and caregivers affected by crisis in Southern Africa and around the world through humor, laughter, and play. *Raise our society's awareness domestically and internationally about conditions encountered in areas of crisis. * Provide professional development and empowerment opportunities to local artists and improve community based organizations' capacity to provide emotional relief. * Maintain a spirit of creativity, play, humour, joy, peace, compassion, and loving kindness in all our endeavors.

Welcome to Clowns Without Borders South Africa!

Welcome! Siyakwemukela! Welkom! Kamohelo!

Clowns Without Borders South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.

We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of conditions in these areas.

Founded in 2004, Clowns Without Borders South Africa has implemented more than 600 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 314,000 children and families.

Countries where we have worked include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.

CWB-South Africa maintains a spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of our endeavors.

Please feel free to browse our website to find out more information about Projects, Partners, Press, and ways you can support our work! 

Thank you! Siyabonga! Dankie! Rea Leboha! 


Latest news


  • 3 weeks 6 days ago

    Nyanga, Cape Town - Our last session of Our Story Your Story with the elders from Ikamva Labantu (www.ikamva.com) was extraordinary. So, instead of blathering on about myself, here’s a snapshot of the stories that they will be sharing in our performance.

    The first is from a woman named Khuselwa:

  • 4 weeks 5 days ago

    Nyanga, Cape Town - Tuesday morning, Lisa Cohen, our Clowns Without Borders project coordinator and co-facilitator, picks me up to drive into the townships. We will be meeting with the senior club and the planning coordinators for the youth program.

  • 10 weeks 6 days ago

    Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga – Wayitshukutshaaaaaaaaaaaa (our taxi song)! Our first day on tour was a rainy Monday. I was nervous and shaking because I didn’t know what to expect as it was my first shows with Clowns Without Borders. Because the school was informed that we were coming, kids were so excited that makes me relieved. And to have Sibongile and Henry's experience made me believe that it would all work out.

  • 12 weeks 6 days ago

    Nelspruit, Mpumalanga  - I am always nervous before I go into a training programme, not knowing the participants or what they will bring to the sessions. Will they understand what I am trying to teach? Will they enjoy the classes? Will they walk away having developed as a performer? All these anxieties, when in fact I just needed to trust my own teaching material: “Stop thinking so much and PLAY!”

  • 19 weeks 19 hours ago

    Ufafa Region, KZN - The name ‘Ixopo’ invokes a far off outpost in the most rural of provincial hinterlands. But leaving Durban at 3pm and arriving before dinnertime was not the long journey I had anticipated.

Please explore the Clowns Without Borders organizations in other countries.

Clowns et Magicians Sans Frontieres Belgium Clowns Sans Frontieres France Clowns Without Borders Australia Klovnit Ilman Rajoja Clowns Clowns Without Borders Ireland Payasos Sin Fronteras Spain Clowner utan Granser Sweden Clowns Without Borders United States Clowns Sans Frontieres Canada
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