Jamie Lachman

Founder, Executive Director, Facilitator, Clown, Storyteller

I'm always looking for laughter in life's simplicity, striving to live each day fully with compassion and amazement.


Jamie is a storyteller, banjo-player, songwriter, mindfulness based stress reduction facilitator and clown. He has over 15 years' experience developing, implementing, and evaluating psychosocial interventions for children and their caregivers in areas of crisis. He is a research officer at the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Research where he focuses on parenting programmes to reduce violence against children and improve child and family wellbeing, and also serves on the steering committee of the Parenting for Lifelong Health research collaboration led by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. He is the co-principal investigator of the Parenting for Lifelong Health-Philippines project. Jamie is the director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa, where he's run family programmes throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.



  • Children and Infants

  • Family Support


Clowns Without Borders uses arts based interventions to provide psychosocial support to children and families affected by crisis, enabling children and families to play, laugh and create through the arts. It also seeks to raise our society's awareness of conditions in these areas. Founded in 2004, CWBSA has implemented more than 800 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 375,000 children and families. Countries of work include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.