In the last post we briefly introduced the playground project and would now like to give more information on what we are trying to accomplish and how you can get involved.
We are currently working to raise funds to build a playground in our community. We envision this playground to not only be a safe place for children to play, but also provide a common area for families in the community to enjoy together.
To help accomplish our goal, we divided the project into three steps. In Step 1 we need to raise $2,500 for a community-size swing set. Step 2 will add in a play structure: fort-like towers, slides, a teeter-tooter, a sandbox, monkey bars and a zip line! And Step 3 will complete the project and create a family-friendly environment by providing a shaded pavilion, picnic tables and benches.
The playground project started with my sister and bro-in-law, and their desire to find a tangible, creative way to teach their children about giving sacrificially—a project they could participate in as a family. The families in our community will be involved in the building of the playground, and we’d like to invite your family too! Our blog posts will contain a “Hey Kids!” section where we provide fun, educational stories and pictures so that, if you have children, you can invite them to be a part of this process too.
If you are interested in participating with us, click here.
So without further ado…round up the kids and read on!
Have you ever wondered what kids in other countries do for fun? We have learned that kids are kids no matter where you live, and all kids love to play and have fun. Here in Haiti, kids are incredibly creative and enjoy making their own toys out of things that they can find. They have taught our kids how to make a lot of neat stuff!
In this picture our neighbors are pulling each other around in a little wood car that they made entirely out of scraps from a construction site. How cool is that!
In this picture, our friend FeFe is teaching Silas and Luke how to make a battery-operated propeller. I wouldn’t have known how to do that!
They have shared a lot with us, and we would like to share with them too! That is why we are working to build a playground for all the kids in the community. Now, to give you an idea of what we are trying to build, I enlisted my boys to help out. They can build just about anything out of Lincoln Logs, so I put them to work and this is what we made for you to see…
We have already put up a fence to keep all of the cows, goats, chickens and pigs out of the playground! Our next project will be to build a big swing set…
Then we would like to build some fort-like towers with slides, a sand box, teeter-tooter…
…and maybe even a zip line!
And lastly, some shaded areas, picnic tables and benches for the mamas and daddies to enjoy…
We believe that kids can make a difference too. Come join us!