I am very eager to begin planning and fundraising for this service project Larisa and I will be working on in South Africa. During our brainstorming, it is difficult to propose ways to solve the problem because we have always been accustomed not having to build things on our own. Supplies are usually expensive, but when the budget is limited, we have to think outside the box.
After researching certain playgrounds, we came up with a few ways to enhance these children’s days when they come home from school. We decided that we would compose a small playground that is sectioned off from the work in the village such as gardening and farming.
1. Sandbox – This would not be a difficult process. For the supplies, we would need wood panels to keep the sand in the box. If wood is too expensive, we could even use plastic. We would need four panels in the shape of a square, and sand to fill the play area.
2. A swing would be a necessity and not a difficult thing to incorporate into our playground. We want to ensure that the
playground is safe for the children, which is why we need to be careful in our planning. If we could get a piece of rubber that would be durable enough to hold a child, that would be sufficient. We work cut two holes in the rubber swing to attach rope or some kind of material to attach to a tree. We would need to make sure that the tree and rope would safely hold a child.
3. Another easy playground item would be a balance beam. We could get a wooden beam that is less than a foot in width and put it on the ground. We would need to make sure that the ground is stable and flat so the beam could lay.
There are other ideas we have brainstormed and could incorporate into our playground, but we think this is a sufficient start. Before planning this, I had imagined this would be a difficult process for two girls to work on, but if we use cheap but safe materials, it could really help the children. I remember Tamarin saying that a bored child is a dangerous child and believe this playground could deter the children in getting involved in dangerous activities.