Welcome! Siyakwemukela! Welkom! Kamohelo!
Clowns Without Borders South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organisation 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 800 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 375,000 children and families.
Countries where we have worked include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
CWB-South Africa maintains a spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of our endeavours.
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!
The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has left thousands of families without homes and hope. Many children have witnessed alarming levels of violence and experienced trauma that is very distressing and heartbreaking. The war has stripped them from their fundamental children’s rights – to laugh, to play, to dream, and most of all, to be safe.
Clowns Without Borders is excited to announce the launch of the Team Tarbaby produced film of Our Story Your Story's intergenerational autobiographical storytelling workshop.
This film captures our RMB funded project in 2015 that brought together elders from Ikamva Labantu's Masiphumelele Senior Club and youth from the Harambee Youth Accelerator to to discover the magic of connecting through life stories.
“We feel forgotten here, but now [during this workshop] we feel important and remembered because you have come to us and made us happy!” These are the words of an elderly man who attended our arts based workshop yesterday. He was one of the smiling and enthusiastic participants enjoying every moment of the workshop.
Once upon a time, a long, long, long time ago…
My colleague and I headed for the Wilderness to embark on a new journey. One that I was excited for but nervous at the same time. Our mission-to teach fifteen facilitators working at 7 Passes in Touwsranten, how to tell stories.
I have never worked on a project where a single, repeated show evolves constantly over its two week run. Nor have I ever had to be funny. Each performance holds an energy and becomes humorous for different reasons: the pupils laughter ringing in my ears, the reactions they have to each scenario that myself and my fellow clowns create, the rhythm of the story that speeds up and slows down or a single movement that becomes a dance.