2017 DRC Playground renovation...

2017 DRC Playground renovation

Work done
End of March 2017

What’s the problem?
One of the first things that 4SmilingFaces did in the DRC in 2008 was the paving of the playground, so everyone could get around more easely. Till than, there was a very uneven brick floor, which was very uncomfortable and unsafe for  children with various walking difficulties. Nine years later the paving is full of cracks and potholes, mainly caused by the earthquakes of 2015.

Along the long side of the play area, there is a planter which actually only takes up space. Nothing really grows in there.

What is the solution?
The solution is the complete renovation of the paving and removal of the empty, space eating planter.

What is the result?
The result is a smooth concrete floor without obstacles, that is usable and safe for all kids, no matter what there handicap is. Along the whole length the playground will also be 50 centimeters wider because of te removal of the planter. And with 55 kids you can never have enough room to play.

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4 Smiling Faces

Smiling Faces is the abbreviation for the Helping Hands 4 Smiling Faces Foundation, that was started by Tjitske Weersma in 2008. We improve the living conditions of children in children’s homes in developing countries with specific, small-scale projects in which they are central. We also support them when they have to leave those homes at 18 and have no safety net to fall back on. With us they come first. With our help they’ll go so much further, are they able to make their own choices and can they make shape their own lives.