It’s been an amazing couple of weeks but at last our playground that came all the way from Alberta, Canada is up and running. The excitement on opening day was electric, and that was just from the adults! At 4 pm we prayed a prayer of dedication and thanks and then released around 300 children to play, it was quite a challenge keeping them back while we prayed.
The noise of excited screams was almost deafening as children climbed on every possible part of the playground and by 6pm the children were still going strong, so we had to get the Askari (Security Guard) to chase them off until the next day, I will let the photos tell their own story!
I would like to tell you one very special story about Felista, a 6 year old girl who has spina bifida. We brought her to the playground yesterday, her eyes lit up and she just started to giggle. She has so wanted to play for such a long time but has been too weak. With the help of special shoes and regular physiotherapy sessions, she’s beginning to be able to walk a few steps (almost unaided). Being able to play has opened up a whole new world to her and will help her to build her strength.
We hope that the playground will be able to be used by others like Felista to make physiotherapy sessions fun!
It’s funny to watch how the children play and what attracts them, they climbed over everything, even if it wasn’t designed for climbing, they went up the fireman’s pole and for some reason all the small children were attracted to the wobbly tortoise and formed a long queue, while the wobbly elephant was left all lonely!
It’s hard to put into words how much this playground will impact the lives of so many children. We would like to give an enormous thank you to all those who have been involved in getting this amazing project up and running.
Until next week have a great time, Xx Glyn & Jane
If you would like to see some more photos, including how it was all put together follow this link ; Playground Photos 2011