Playground Builders News

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Almost 200 Playgrounds!

Our 196th playground is just about complete! This means more than a half a million children, (yes, that’s 506,570!) are playing and laughing safely throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.

There are many more schools and communities on our waiting list. Donate now and we can reach 200 playgrounds this summer.

Providing Relief for the Little Ones – Two Playgrounds Underway in Gaza

Bombs Destroying Civilian Communities in Gaza

As of July, 2015, with the help of our Canadian partner – Medical Aide for Palestine, we are building two playgrounds in Gaza.

Did you know ……

  • During the 2014 war more than 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians were killed, including 551 children. Thousands more were wounded. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with 6 civilians.
  • About 170,000 homes and 360 factories in Gaza were damaged or destroyed.
  • To this point, little to nothing has been rebuilt.
  • 80% of the Gazan population is on aid.
  • According to the IMF, unemployment among young people is as high as 60%.

For more about this, please visit the BBC story here.

On the Ground – Afghan/Canadian Volunteers A Great Help to Playground Builders

Khalil and Basima, both Canadians originally child refugees from Afghanistan, recently visited Afghanistan to check out our playground projects. Both returned with great reports confirming that our funds and coordinating activities are working to put smiles on children’s faces and happiness in the hearts of their families.

Fundraising Stars! Peek-a-Boo Bean’s Associates Raise Money Galore

The Peek-a-Boo Beans network of dedicated people across Canada have taken on fundraising activities all on their own philanthropic initiative. For example Allison in Saskatoon, Saskatchwan along with her students at St. Peter School raised enough to build an ENTIRE playground in Afghanistan. Then followed “Mommies on a Mission” who did the same thing!

Thanks from all of us at Playground Builders. YOU are playground stars!.

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