RED NOSES Clowndoctors in Bethlehem

RED NOSES Clowndoctors International brings healing laughter to crisis areas – not only at Christmas

"We are very grateful to RED NOSES that they have not forgotten the many Palestinian children! Their support means a great deal to us,” says Dr. Victor Batarseh, the mayor of Bethlehem, at the opening of the 2011 RED NOSES programme.

Through the support of the international umbrella organisation, RED NOSES Clowndoctors International, with its headquarter in Vienna, there has been a clown programme specifically for Palestine since 2011. Since then the RED NOSES Palestine Clowndoctors have also been performing regularly at the Beit Jala Government Hospital in the district of Bethlehem.

The clinic plays an important role in the region because it is one of the two hospitals on the West Bank that also has an oncological ward. During their visits the clowns attempt to give the sick and traumatised children a moment of joy to ensure that they do not lose their capacity to laugh.

The hospital in Beit Jala was the first that RED NOSES Palestine visited; further visits are now regularly made to hospitals in Ramallah and Hebron.

Since the beginning of 2011 the RED NOSES Clown Doctors International has again resumed its work in this special project, which was first instigated in 2005. The first steps in cooperation were unfortunately shelved due to the politically unstable situation and the lack of financial means.

All the more pleasing is that after training workshops in Vienna lasting several weeks and in Beit Jala, since one year there has been a team of nine clowns performing in three hospitals.

"We are again able to experience the universal effectiveness and power of our mission. Laughter helps! Everywhere in the world! In crisis areas the clown can also strengthen what is positive and healthy in people,” says Monica Culen, director of RED NOSES Clowndoctors International.

Pictures: First impressions of the Clowndoctors visits in Beit Jala near Bethlehem.

Copyright: RED NOSES Clowndoctors International /reprints free of charge

Eva Maria Hartlieb
Public Relations
RED NOSES Clowndoctors International
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