Playgrounds in Afghanistan

This landlocked country with a population of approximately 32 million is one of the poorest in the world.

After decades of conflict, the economy is showing signs of improving. It is a country with one of the highest number of landmines.

Basic Stats

The average age in Afghanistan is 18. Life expectancy is 45 years. 42% of the population is aged 14 and under. There are more than two million war widows, and as a result, children often become the breadwinners for the family. The literacy rate for adults is less than 30%.

After many positive recommendations, in December 2007 Playground Builders began working with an established Afghan non-governmental organization (NGO). Established in 1994, this NGO receives funding from numerous countries and aid agencies including UNICEF, UNHCR and USAID. In addition to helping Playground Builders establish safe play areas, this NGO assists with healthcare, education and poverty-reduction throughout Afghanistan.

We don’t publish the exact locations of our playgrounds. We are concerned for the safety of the children, teachers and workers. Although there have been no incidents, extremists may attempt to target foreign projects regardless of nature of the project. This is a very hard concept for many of us to accept but it is an unfortunate reality in this country.

Playgrounds are virtually non-existent in most areas of Afghanistan, a fact we are working hard to change!

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Build a Playground in Afghanistan in 2017

Create Safe Play. Build a Playground & Build Smiles and Hope for Kids in Afghanistan. There are 13 million kids in Afghanistan and most do not have safe places to play, socialize and create. Undetonated landmines are littered throughout the country....
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