Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange Award

IMG_2885Play360 Construction Manager, Jason Mackenzie, and Friends of Children with Cancer Executive Director and Mandela Washington Fellow, Janet Manoni, have been awarded a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange travel grant to promote collaboration between the two organizations. Mackenzie and Manoni’s proposal is one of 26 competitively awarded grants through funding provided by the US Department of State. Mackenzie will travel to Tanzania in February 2017 to lead workshops training approximately 30 local community members on the construction process, incorporating curriculum into playground pieces, and identifying local and sustainable building materials. As part of the works
hop trainees will build one playground together benefiting a local hospital housing center where families stay as their children receive cancer treatment.

Community members participating in the workshops work closely with hospital support service organizations as well as education centers and will use their training to create playspaces in their own communities.

“My organization is committed to improving the health of the underserved children of Tanzania. By constructing playgrounds of simple, local materials we are ensuring the opportunity for children to play, interact with each other, and be active” says Manoni.

This set of trainings will build upon Play360’s extensive history in Tanzania and facilitate the development of new partnerships with diverse, local, and impactful organizations such as Friends of Children with Cancer.

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