As a kid growing up, I was always playing and enjoying toys, animals, and of course, playgrounds. I can’t picture my childhood without them.
When I think of a playground I think of a community that involves only laughter, joy, and happiness. As I think back, a playground was like an escape. Kids leave their parents for a certain amount of time and their only care in the world is to go on the monkey bars or slide down the slide.
The kids living in the community of Varkplaas have nowhere to play or just be kids. When they come home from school they immediately start caring for their younger siblings, acting as parental figures. We know that this is a problem because of Tamarin Simpson, the founder of The Tippy Toes Foundation. She informed us how these kids don’t have anywhere to enjoy themselves and have fun. They have nowhere to meet after school and play around.
There is a vital need for this project in South Africa because every kid deserves to be a kid. To escape from their poverty-stricken lives, each one of the children is entitled to playtime.
A solution to this lack of playground is to obviously build one for them. However, it takes motivation, determination and of course, money. But, if we put our minds to this project and do whatever we can to build this, I believe that we will go above and beyond our expectations.
We will need to start off with a list of the equipment that is crucial to building a playground. After we have a basic understanding of the equipment, metal, tools, and plastic that will be involved in building a playground we will have to figure out money issues. This will range from how much the equipment costs to the transportation needed.
I believe that building a playground will enhance these kid’s childhoods and allow them to enjoy themselves. It is an essential part of a child’s childhood and will definitely have a positive effect on their lives.
Overall, building a playground for these kids will not only help them, it will brighten their lives.