Playgrounds for Palestine UK invites you to support our 2020 seasonal appeal. Your generous donation will help spread the season’s cheer a bit further by creating a forest playground in Jenin on the West Bank.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 5 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 24 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1164949)
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
We want the forest to become somewhere for people to come and get some respite from the stresses of urban life and the hardships of life under occupation. It will be a place for residents of Jenin city and refugee camp - who can sometimes be isolated from one another - to come and unwind together.
We want families to come to the site, safe in the knowledge that their children can play there safely.
Today, opportunities for play and recreation are severely limited for Jenin’s 80,000 kids – the area offers very little accessible woodland and no wildlife parks, cinemas, museums or free playgrounds. Over the past ten years, the forest has become increasingly run down. The ground is carpeted with litter, old car tyres and broken glass. None of the playground facilities are usable.
Susan Abulhawa, the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine in the US, has described playgrounds as ‘a special place and refuge’ for young lives affected by occupation and conflict. This project focuses on utilising the land that has fallen into disrepair - building a forest playground in Jenin. Our plan 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 entire community to enjoy and protect
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