Our Playground is Finished!

Our playground is finished!

We have recently finished work on the playground for our hospital here in Niger, and it looks great. The kids at the hospital had to learn how to use some of the equipment (I don’t think any of them had ever been on a slide before, and some of them even looked pretty suspiciously at the steps!), but now they love it and are already spending as much time at the playground as possible.

The idea for this playground came from our sister hospital Beit CURE Malawi – a few years ago they opened up a playground with a renovated/renewed ambulance, and when I saw the pictures I knew that we needed to do something similar here in Niger. After all, we are a children’s hospital and children need a place to play. At that time, I had an intern here from Gordon College, Zoey Meyer-Jens, learning about art therapy, and we worked together on the project proposal. We even went together to the junkyard and scoped out an old Mercedes van and brought it back to the hospital to be the playground “ambulance.”

After coming up with a design, I was able to work together with Paul McIver and Charles Corbin and Paul’s team of Nigerien welders (from Niger Vocational Training School) to bring the playground to life! They worked long and hard on this project, and essentially had to custom-make everything in the playground except the van (and even the van had to basically be totally rebuilt). In the end, the results speak for themselves! The playground is a beautiful addition to our hospital that will provide our patients with room to play, to have fun, to use their imaginations and to express themselves.

In addition to support from CURE International, this project was funded by Amy King, a friend of Maureen Sloan who has been a passionate advocate and source of encouragement to CURE Niger since our hospital opened. This project has also funded by the Gordon in Orvieto program, directed by my brother-in-law Matt Doll. The students of the program did multiple art exhibits, and the proceeds were given towards this playground.

Thanks to everyone who took part in providing these kids with a place to play!

“The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” Zechariah 8:5

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15 Responses to Our Playground is Finished!

  1. Liz Kopp says:

    Delightfully phenominal!

  2. Beth Bo. says:

    Love it! I especially like the shade idea!

  3. Sharona says:

    its just too awesome – it moves to tears….!

  4. Zoey Meyer-Jens says:

    I am crying in my office seeing the results of over 2 and a half years of work come to LIFE! So thankful and excited for all the partners and collaborators that made this dream a reality! Praise God for all the smiling faces and children who will be able to experience this resource during their stay at CURE Niger!

  5. Very Nice – great job and I’m sure God will use it for His good – Judy and Jeff Spurling – Denise’s Mom and Dad

  6. Lori Suckling says:

    Wow! I want to come play! Beautiful!

  7. eliepritz says:

    Julie this is awesome!!! You’re amazing! These kids will leave CURE with their lives so enriched on so many different levels…

  8. Christine Lehman says:

    Oh.my.word. I love this so much!!

  9. Eva says:

    So beautiful! Love it!

  10. Wendy says:

    Love, love this!

  11. Charles says:

    You have done it again, you have left your signature mark of thoughtful care on yet another life changing project.

  12. Erin says:

    So.stinking.amazing! Seeing those excited precious faces just makes my heart so so happy!

  13. Erin K. says:

    So cool! You have a lot to be proud of. The kids must be loving it!

  14. Miriam Coad says:

    Absolutely brilliant!!!

  15. David Bell says:

    I just saw this posted on the CURE website. This is SO COOL!!! I love it–great job!

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