When I was approached with this project as director of Playground
IDEAS, USA, I knew this was going to be a different project. As we
finish our final day on the project, with a wonderful playspace
completed, I know that it has been a project unlike any other. Lots
of challenges were thrown at us – broken battery chargers, lost tools,
buying a hedge clipper thinking they were bolt clippers. But LOTS of
things went our way – a supportive school, great weather, and most
importantly, a truly wonderful team of people who were dedicated,
flexible, fun and good-spirited. Together, we build a really great
playspace with lots of fun, dynamic equipment. I learned a bunch of
improvements to our designs and some entirely new designs (pinwheel
from a water bottle!).
What a great project to be a part of. I feel truly blessed to be
included not only in the building of the playground but to be welcomed
into the group. I have been learning yoga, a little intimidating
considering how good people are, but with the help of some Ibuprofen,
I’ve been able to hang in there.
I want to thank the group and the AYP teachers for all their hard work
in making this a successful project. Together, we created a very
special space for the kids of Kibera to just be kids.
Jon Racek - Director of Playground Ideas, USA