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1 Day = 1 Open Area for Children = 1 Playground

Our idea is a program to tackles the lack of children playground, especially in the landfill areas, by creating an open space with standard equipments in one day. This will challenge people all around the world to create an open space for children living in landfill areas in one day.

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People living in urban area tend to forget to manage their waste carefully, it will end in landfill area to be filled by soil and it will stay there for the next hundred years. Unfortunately there are people and children living in that area, they need more access to their basic needs. Ultimately, children need more access to a clean area for them to play to.

How it works?
  • A group of 20-25 volunteers build an open space for children living in landfill area. 
  • We need to ask permission from local authority to clean up about 15-16 meter square of landfills, and create a children playground on top of it. 
  • After 6 hours non stop working in shift, project is completed. (Pic 3.)
Result?
  • 15 meter square open space for children to run and play (sliding and tires included) and space for parents to look after their children
  • There was no playground in this area before, children will running around with their friends on top of land full of waste. After this project finish, at least they have open area to play on
Playground tools
  • Sliding
    • Dig the soil evently about 15 metres long, with 15-20cm depth
    • Create a brick barrier around the area
    • Put a concrete block / cement to support the sliding leg
    • Fill the area with sands
  • Sandbox
    • Same treatment as playground slides
    • Consider to create a removable rain protector

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Children from 3 to 5 years will have a nice clean place to play!

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

To test the idea we could: 1. Find a landfill area community to start with 2. Contact government institutions or local charity/volunteering/non-profit organizations to help conduct field research - survey and interviews to project potential response and enthusiasm 3. Look for success stories (this idea has been successfully tested in Indonesia)

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

1. Financial and/or material (Cost will be vary, depends on the broad of the open area available and the variation of amusement items.) === 2. Volunteer help === 3. Organizational help. === Volunteers and charity funds needed to start the project. Help from charity/volunteering/non-profit organizations to conduct field research - survey and interviews to project potential response and enthusiasm and to gather volunteers

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!

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Photo of Dean James
Team

this idea is great it give happiness and exercise in a safe environment for children. it makes great use of unused space as well as well as converting space that is being used for things such as landfill

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Photo of Sam Graham
Team

Hi Andi!
Great initial idea.
Maybe you could update it with examples of types of recycled materials they can use in order to create different parts of the playground. Why don't you include a sand box? Its great for creativity, I used to always use sand to build things, structures etc. That could be an interesting way to help boost there creative confidence and help them thrive.
Good work. Keep it up!

Spam
Photo of Andi SP
Team

Hi Sam,

Good idea! However for recycled materials based toys, it will depends on the type of landfills and the quality of the wastes. The landfills in the pictures is a mix landfills, wet and dry, resulting unusable recycled materials.

I like the sandbox idea, it will work, only some concerns to tackle from here:
1. Rainy season. Need to design some covers to put on top of the sandbox.
2. Local mindset. Somehow if we leave an empty space (such as sandbox), they will put stuffs on top of it, make it unusable for children at the end.

Spam
Photo of Sam Graham
Team

Shelter would be key in order to keep the sandbox clean and tidy. Maybe you could make the shelter into a culturally fixed object like for instance if you were to do it here you could have it as a castle made out of recycled material, something the children could relate too. This could also fix the mindset issue.
Good luck!

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Photo of Maurizio Bricola
Team

Hi Andy nice idea, I see you are getting greatfeedback and your learning responses are great to read. What if all around the play groud you guys are able to also have community gardens for healthy or super foods production. That might involve the community more and ensure the play ground is safe guarded. Cheers!

Spam
Photo of Andi SP
Team

Hi Maurizio,

Its a great idea for a long term implementation. We can collaborate it inside a bigger project.

Before that, we should think about how to increase the quality of the soil first. For example, in the pictures, the soil condition is really bad, you can find a waste that was buried for years up to 30 cm below the surface. The soil improvement project, should come before implement the garden project.

Spam
Photo of Maurizio Bricola
Team

Hi there might be quick wins win some small fruit trees (local ones) or berries used as hedge. Soil improvment is indeed necessary in the long run. cheers

Spam
Photo of Andi SP
Team

Hi Maurizio,

Good thought. Trees can be brought and planted directly to the soil (soil itself can be planted in this theories). It will work.
Cheers

Spam
Photo of Simon Wang
Team

Hi Andi,
Amazing idea! Can't wait to see this become reality and wishing more and more children can be benefited from your idea.
Btw, I have few questions about your idea.
1. What is the biggest challenge that you think to make your project become reality in a region?
2. How can you get the support and permission from the local government?

Spam
Photo of Andi SP
Team

Hi Simon,
Thanks for your support.

To answer your questions:
1. It will be the mindset of the local community itself, there will be a resistance coming from some low educated members of the community. From my case, some of them thinks it is better to use the open space to store more "valuable" waste that they collect from the landfills. However it may be vary depends on the local culture.
2. Dealing with the local authority might be a challenge also. Again from my case, we have a local influencer as a start, before dealing with the local government, to show that it was supported by the community.

Hope it can inspire you.

Spam
Photo of ISMI Group4
Team

Sounds like a potentially exciting approach! While I'm really wondering whether there will be maintenance plan about the playground. What if the facilities are out of order?

Spam
Photo of Andi SP
Team

Hi ISMI,

Thank you. Great question! these are my thoughts on maintenance issue:

Firstly, we could organize regular volunteer-child playing sessions every Sunday with help of local government or charity organizations. In each session volunteers will not only play with kids, but also look after the playground. One more option is to hold several sessions with parents and educate them about importance of playground and how to take care of it. We could suggest duty shift-system for parents to keep the playground in order.

Let me know what you think!