Emily and I have been thinking about our service project a lot. We’ve come up with different ideas and plans on how we are going to approach building a playground.
We have contacted Terri Johnson, Director of Academic Affairs at Quinnipiac University and Tamarin, Founder of the Tippy Toes Foundation. Terri Johnson has yet to contact us back, but Tamarin gave very useful advice.
When talking to Tamarin, she suggested that we take the simple approach to building the playground. Instead of going into the project having a standard American playground in our minds, we have to change our perspectives to that of the kids in the community. She told us to think in terms of tires, ropes and wood. Because the kids are not used to the conventional structures of a playground, we can make a simple structure that will allow the kids to have fun while getting a good amount of exercise.
Emily and I are planning to use the resources that are in Africa already. Tamarin let us know that there are a plethora of tires that we can use to build the playground. Therefore, we do not have to worry about transporting tires to South Africa. However, we are planning on bringing our own rope and different activities for the kids to play. We are thinking about bringing “Kan Jam”, baseball mitts and balls, a wiffleball set, and a football.
Tamarin has helped a tremendous amount. Before she suggested taking a simple approach, Emily and I were planning on a building the stereotypical playground. I am very thankful that we have Tamarin’s help, support, and suggestions.
Our project outline consists of different designs and courses consisting of tires and ropes. This will be the community’s playground. However, we are also going to give the kids different activities to enhance their “playtime”.
The only equipment that we will be bringing with us to the community is the rope and the different activities. Therefore, the costs of the equipment will not be a lot. The fundraising that we are planning to do will help us with the costs tremendously.
Thus far, there have not been many challenges. We have a good idea of what we are going to do and how we are going to do it. I am so excited to build the playground for the community and make a difference in the kid’s lives.
Overall, this past week has been very productive. We have changed our American perspective of a playground into an African perspective. We have discussed transportation and costs and are ready to start fundraising and getting everything we need to conduct this service project!