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Because Every Child Deserves to Laugh

We’re a nonprofit that uses live performance to bring joy, laughter, and human connection to global communities in crisis.

In a world full of serious problems, is there really room for laughter? Clowns Without Borders says YES — and that there has to be!

Meet Anya in Poland

I am so happy. I don’t remember the last time I was this happy.

Anya, 8 years old Read Anya's Story

Meet Mohammad from Myanmar

Thank you for remembering that we are displaced.

Mohammad, a father in Northern Myanmar Read Mohammad's Story

Say Hola to Diego in Ecuador

Come, join us! Laughter is for everyone.

Arturo Gaskins, CWB artist Read Diego's Story
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Slightly Silly Work. Very Serious Impact.

From Brazil to South Sudan to Cambodia, we touch the lives of thousands of kids, families and communities every year.

28

years of site-specific performances for displaced people

53

professional artists working with us annually

27,000

lives changed annually, all around the world

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workshops for artists, first responders & aid workers…

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…and WAY more laughs than we can count!

We’re Not Just Clownin’ Around!

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Global Artists, Working Together

Our troupe of professional clowns may travel the world — but we never go it alone! To facilitate artistic exchange and amplify local voices, our shows feature talented performers from the countries and communities we serve.

Isn’t laughter better together?

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Spreading Joy Since 1995

Clowns Without Borders USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists for a simple reason: to bring the transformative power of joy to areas of conflict, displacement, and emergency.

We envision a world where kids get to experience contagious laughter and unbridled joy in the very moments they need it most.

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Bringing Laughter into Areas of Crisis

When communities are facing hardship and desperately need a laugh, cue the clowns!

To make sure our comedic timing is pitch-perfect, we only go where we’re invited. By partnering with local organizations on the ground, we make sure that audience members are in a place to embrace laughter.

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Because Play Is a Human Right

Clowning is serious business! Through live performance, we temporarily transport kids out of their difficult life conditions and into a world of imagination, creativity, and fun.

We can’t solve the crisis these kids are facing or erase what they’ve experienced, but we CAN make one day truly magical — and that matters.

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We Partner with Amazing Organizations for Every Performance

No funny business here. Before we bring the laughs, we partner with local organizations to make sure that other critical needs — like food, shelter, and medicine — have been met. Let’s work together!