Playground started in Kosovo, went to Firam, back to Kosovo, went to Athens and Greeks came to Germany before that. The Playground has always had international members and we called it an international thing from the beginning. Now beginning its 3rd decade, the Playground has expanded yet again.
In 2018 with the first program in Rhodes / Greece. It was a circus week of workshops with a great show at the end involving children from the Roma community, refugees, kids with special needs, orphans and local children. The main purpose of the program was integration - a possibility for children of different cultures and backgrounds to learn, grow, play and socialize together. Trainers came from Germany, Holland, Italy, Greece and America and together with 15 Rodian volunteers created a fantastic event with great success. It was the first time that something like that ever happened in Greece and the local population showed great interest. The project had huge publicity in TV, radio and newspapers, as well as a lot of political support and interest.
This is how Playground South was born.
Playground South - Volunteer Project 2019
The Roma Camp is located close to the city of Rhodes. It was created fifty years ago by the Rhodian Roma, but the local government never cared for them and their needs. The inhabitants live in an area without water, electricity, garbage collection and far beyond any kind of health insurance.
Kids don't go to school on a regular base and they quit early, because they get married as children and become (teenage) parents by themselves.
During our Circus Week in Rhodos we made contact with kids, parents and the mayor of the Roma Community, who invited us to visit and do projects in their village.
As Playground was always next to disadvantaged families and kids, we made plans for 2019 to clean and renovate an old broken building at the Roma village (with the help of the inhabitants), to create a space for playing and learning: A „Playground Space“ for educational and cultural projects. It is going to be the first time in the history of the island that by this projects the camp will also be open to the citizens of Rhodes. We hope to connect them, cultivate trust, cooperations and friendships between them.
In 2018 we already started to do excursions and teaching different skills to the kids, to help them to get connected and develop socially.
Now we need financial and material donations to renovate the broken house at the camp and to get material for education, culture and school projects.