Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pennies for Playgrounds-All kids should have a right to play

A close friend of mine is making big waves for the people of Africa. I am doing the little I can to try to support this! Please join me!

Pennies for Playgrounds
Recent flooding (December 2011) devastated many areas of Dar es Salaam and nearby communities. These floods were considered to be the worst in over twenty years. Homes were swept away and family members lost as the swollen rivers surged through the slums. As a result, there is little focus on the child and safe places in which they can play and live... This is just one story of many regarding areas in which there are direct consequences for children and their right to play.

Pennies for Playgrounds : Urban Planning Children's Rights and Climate Change is a collection of work that showcases an University of the Fraser Valley student project with an emphasis on the child's voice and the right to play.   A central theme will be the child’s perspective on play and safe places due to relocation following flooding in one particular informal settlement in Dar es Salaam. It is our hope that we can not only showcase the resilience of children, ther optimism in spite of all odds and the spirit that connects us globally as we work to created better places for children and in the end for all of us.

For local readers, on December 6th at 430PM, students will be hosting an event to raise awareness and funds. We encourage you to attend. It is at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC.

What the Funds Go Towards

Specifically funds will support projects related to and implenting "safe" playgrounds.   This concept is not the traditional form of playground as we know it but rather it is the utilization of funds to facilitate the construction of fields, compounds, structures or areas in which children are free to create and imagine the childhood they deserve.

The Impact
All children in the world to have the right to play in safe envrionments.  So often this is overlooked but could be considered the most vital aspect to the healthy development of a child.

Please donate in any small or large way so that we can see the implementation of even one safe playground. Visit here to donate.

Donations of significant amounts are elgible for tax receipts.   Plese note in email to or your donation amount and a receipt will be issued acordingly if criteria is met.

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