Emunah Montreal is directing the proceeds of their recent Gala Dinner to Emunah Israel's innovative social clowning program. While medical clowning is well established internationally – including in Canada – social clowning is something new.
Medical clowns typically make one-time visits to sick kids in hospital. These social clowns have ongoing contact with children and youth who have been removed from difficult homes and are considered at risk.
“The aim of Emunah’s residential care network is to break the cycle of dysfunction and distress, providing the children and teenagers with the skills they need to form healthy, productive relationships and, ultimately, establish their own loving and stable families,” states the organization’s website.
World Emunah Director Shlomo Kessel, who was also at the Gala, said that, “The children connect with the clowns because they are non-threatening, non-judgmental. They don’t probe. They will talk to them often when traditional therapy does not work. They open up about emotional issues and difficult things that have happened to them, such as sexual abuse, that they won’t do even with a psychologist.” Read the Full Article on CJN here!