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    Some swings, a slide and smiles

    Day 123

    A Playground for Preschoolers

    Grab your chair and join the action! Today we are putting up a playground at an Early Childhood Development center in Oruchinga refugee settlement.

    This Early Child Development center was built by the parents of this community,” explains Jennifer, our Case Management Officer in Oruchinga, “while the parents are out in their fields in the morning these kids, instead of being home, can be learning.

    Each day, these kids carry their chairs to their small one-room classroom to learn the basics like ABCs, animals and colors.

    They have such a small space for learning, but all of this land. We could give them something safe to play on and enjoy the outdoors,” Jennifer suggested.

    So, we set out to see what kind of play equipment we might find for just $500.

    As soon as the playground arrived, disassembled on the truck, the kids ran outside, abandoning their ABCs and lining up their chairs to watch their very own playground unfold.

    The squeals of excitement and the not-so-patient squirming showed us just how much this simple set of swings and a slide meant to these youngsters.

    Play is an important part of childhood. But, this playground will do so much more. “A playground will help the kids to want to keep coming back to school. They will get to play, but they will also continue learning,” said Jennifer.

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