Playground equipment is a given thing in many home environments and backyards all around the world, but for the children of Uthando House in South Africa, it is only something they can dream of.
Uthando House is a Place of Safety located at the base of Kruger National Park in South Africa and is a centre for children who are victims of trafficking, abuse or abandonment.
The children had limited access to play based activities and most of the children only ever leave the centre to attend school. The playground that was onsite was unsafe due to broken sharp pieces, and even if it was usable, the metal structure made it far to hot to play on during the hot African days.
Research shows that outdoor free play gives kids many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills. A Playground allows children to interact with other peers, the outdoor elements and make up their own play, we believe this is vital for the emotional and physical development and healing of these children.
The social aspects of a playground means children learn to take turns and exercise self-control waiting for a swing to open up and they can start up conversations with their peers.
Physically a child can overcome fears and with that comes a sense of accomplish which can lead to self-confidence and an increase in self-esteem.
And mentally, a playground can be a place where a child may feel safe and happy, allowing for channels of communication to open and the healing process to begin.
SAVE Projects commenced fundraising for a new playground at Uthando House early in 2018 and during a visit in June that year were able to commence construction of a new sturdy wooden playground that will hopefully withstand much use from many children in the coming years.
This Project is one of our most satisfying ones to date.
Thank you to all those who helped with the funding of this project.
We cannot even tell you the excitement that has overtaken the kids at Uthando since this happened. A huge thank you to all that have made this possible!
Posted by SAVE Projects inc. on Thursday, 28 June 2018