Vintery, Mintery

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Let’s Build a Playground!

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I’m off to Ethiopia! The new care center at my adoption agency desperately needs a functional playspace. Currently the care center houses about 25 kids of all ages waiting for their families. And this yard is the only outdoor space available to the kids with NO TOYS!

So I decided to fly out to Addis and create a playspace. The care for the kids is excellent, but the staff is busy processing adoptions and giving the kids a playground is not high on the list of priorities in terms of time or money.

I’m hoping to create a multi-functional space appealing to kids from ages 2 to 10, including the following elements:

  • Sand play
  • Sensory elements
  • “Loose parts” (for great information on the benefits of playing with loose pieces click here)
  • Water play & water wall
  • Climbing structure
  • Swings if there is space (the yard is tiny!)
  • Imaginative paint for DIY games on the ground
  • Tetherball
  • Outdoor net for badminton, volleyball
  • Soccer goal
  • Basketball
  • Some small private nooks for huddling up solo or in small groups

My goal is to raise $2500 for this project to cover material cost, local construction labor in Ethiopia, and for shipping items over that are difficult to purchase in-country.

Additionally, I am looking for donations of the following:

  • Used climbing rope – DONATED!
  • Mexican-style nylon hammock
  • Rock climbing holds – 20 pcs
  • Abacus – DONATED!
  • Basketballs, rubber/outdoor
  • Heavy-duty handballs or playground balls
  • Foam pogo jumpers from Playthings International
  • Carabiners
  • Shade Cloth
  • Duct Tape
  • Packing Tape
  • Basketball Hoop
  • Volleyball Net
  • Tetherball
  • Parachute Cord
  • 2″ PVC Elbow fittings
  • Heavy Duty Vinyl Beanbags
  • Beanbag toss net – DONATED!

If you have any of these items taking up space in your garage and you live in the Los Angeles area, let me know by sending a note to jaime goodrich {at} yahoo {dot} com and I’ll come pick them up!

Don’t live in LA?  Please consider a cash donation!  Even $5 will help us purchase paint and sand!  Thank you!

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