Raising smiles

A journey of laughter, hope and compassion

There are lots of things you can raise in this world…  
A glass, an idea, a concern. A hand, a question, a child….

We’re choosing to raise funds and smiles,
For those who have been harmed, displaced and exiled.

During dark times our clowns light up little faces,
For aid workers we create joy in disaster-stricken places.

From missions in Greece and Turkey to Italy and Ukraine,
We bring dance and play amidst the fear and pain.

We all deserve fun, even when life turns upside down,
We see children’s mental health improve, thanks to every clown.

With your donation we support families to cope,
With your donation we prove that in laughter there is hope.

© RED NOSES International - Craig Russell

In 2013, RED NOSES International developed an emergency response programme called Emergency Smile.  

This programme is a holistic intervention which aims to promote emotional well-being, greater social inclusion, and address the psychosocial needs of people in crisis settings.  

Emergency Smile allows RED NOSES to go beyond the borders of its eleven partner countries sending specially trained healthcare clowns to areas of crisis in cooperation with international aid organisations already working on the ground.  

Art and humour have the potential to help develop compassionate and person-centred care for all, and RED NOSES is on a mission to share the restorative power of laughter with those who need it most. 

In laughter, there is hope.