Clowns Without Borders South Africa

Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is a non-profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. Together with the Mikhulu Trust, it works to develop and spread Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH), an initiative led by individuals from the WHO, UNICEF and several universities. PLH comprises three parental programs aimed at parents with children of various ages, with the principal objective of preventing violence against children. The parental programs are evidence-based and have been implemented in several countries in Africa. In addition to working with PLH, CWBSA also has clowns and performers who make special appearances to provide psychosocial support to children and families affected by crises, such as those in refugee camps or in poor areas that are subject to violence.

The project aims to develop a model for how to spread the parental programs and help make grassroots organizations and vulnerable areas self-sufficient when it comes to continuing to train group leaders, while also providing guidance to make it possible to reach as many children and families as possible.  Another of Childhood’s partner organizations in South Africa, the Seven Passes Initiative, is already working with PLH’s parental programs.