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Red Noses International

CEO:  Monica Culen
Establishment:  2003
Type of Foundation:  Non Profit private foundation
Focus Region: Europe and Mena Region
Sectors: Healthcare and Development; Arts and Culture


RED NOSES International (RNI) is a non-profit private foundation based in Austria that brings together artistic and scientific expertise in the interface of performing arts, healthcare and development. RNI helps building capacity of local organizations by providing practical support in training, quality management, PR and fundraising. A great emphasis is placed in the artistic capacity building in order to provide the best quality of psychosocial support to vulnerable groups. Currently RNI is coordinating activities in 11 countries in Europe and Middle East region.


By means of clowning and humour we empower vulnerable people in hospitals, social facilities and other crises situations with coping strategies to better deal with their personal circumstances, thus minimizing their stress levels and triggering a sense of hope.


Our vision is a joyful and resilient society that fully benefits from the positive impact of the art of clown doctoring, achieved through the implementation of comprehensive and sustainable clown care programmes focused on the psychosocial support needs.


  • To build capacity and invest in the training of young artists in the Arab region, who wish to become experts or improve their competences in the artistic field of hospital clowning;
  • To support the healthcare sector by providing psychosocial support to ill and hospitalized patients and by bringing innovative formats to the hospital environment
  • To support local infrastructure by providing psychosocial support to vulnerable groups outside the hospital environment, including refugee populations and host communities
  • To maintain the project in Palestine and use best practices
  • To build up a regional office in Amman and sustainably extend the reach of the services provided in the region


  • Regular children’s programme in pediatric hospital wards and other social facilities
  • Regular geriatric programme in hospitals and elderly homes
  • Rehabilitation programme in rehabilitation centres
  • Emergency Smile programme for disaster affected people in areas of crisis
  • Quality management, capacity building and training for artists and managers
  • Training for medical staff and other aid workers about the application of humour

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