BANI SUHAILA, GAZA
We are thrilled that the equipment for the new playground at Bani Suhaila has started to arrive. The children couldn't wait for everything to be finished before they started to play! So exciting and none of this could be happening without your support. Thank you.
This is a joint project between Playgrounds for Palestine UK and Playgrounds for Palestine USA. The area (see the image at the top of the page) is much greater than originally allocated, and it has taken months to plan and agree the layout. In addition to the play equipment for older children, there will be water play and a separate playground area for toddlers. The photos below and left shows the site, which has now been cleared in readiness for our ambitious plan. Water and electricity is on site, and the exterior walls have been built.
As the plans grew in scale, unsurprisingly the cost has become much greater, but our expectation is that it will make a huge difference to the children in the area. We are told that the children are already congregating by the site, excited that a playground is being built for them.
This short video features Adam who is 6-years-old and lives in Bani Suhaila. He is super-pleased that we are building a playground there!
SILWAN, NEAR JERUSALEM
We are working with Madaa Creative Centre (MCC), a non-profit and non-governmental community-based centre that aims to serve, educate and strengthen the Jerusalem community by engaging children, youth and women through numerous activities and programs. The aim is to renovate this small playground at Batn Al-Hawa, near Silwan. Spread over three levels, the need is to repair the walls, provide a roof cover and wooden benches, and of course to provide new play equipment.
JENIN, IN THE WEST BANK
We are excited to undertake another new project - a forest playground in Jenin. About 80,000 children live in the immediate area who lack free, open, safe places to play and roam. Although there is an existing forest playground, none of the playground facilities are usable.
Our aim is to build two play areas (one for younger children and one for older children) and a skatepark for teenagers. The area will be landscaped with solar-powered lighting, toilets, picnic, barbeque and seating areas, and a community garden, all accessible to wheelchair users and others with limited mobility.
The vision is to transform the space into a beautiful, sustainable site which is accessible and inclusive for people of all needs and abilities, with facilities for the whole community to enjoy, protect and take pride in. More details can be found by clicking the image below.