Clowns Without Borders UK

Bangladesh

Small children watching humanitarian clowns perform in front of a large crowd in a refugee camp in Bangladesh 2018
On 25th August 2017, the Rohingya community fled persecution in Myanmar. Today, more than 1 million refugees live near the border in Bangladesh, in refugee camps.
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What did Clowns do?

Between January 2018 to April 2019, we provided thousands of children with emotional respite, with joyful performances and play-led workshops. As well as delivering training to hundreds of local staff and volunteers working with children.

Impact

We formed a partnership with UNICEF, Oxfam and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster to increase children’s engagement, learning and enjoyment of Hygiene Promotion sessions. Rohingya children co-developed our playful training which supported 600 staff and volunteers.

In total 10,000 children learned lifesaving messages about hand washing, covering water, using a latrine and experienced laughter and play. It’s a win-win approach! And 1000’s more were reached through our performances.

Feedback

“The show is not only for them. To see the children laugh makes me happy too. Happiness entered when you entered the camp.”

Father – Bangladesh, 2019

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