Since our establishment in 2009, Play360 has hosted 25 training workshops resulting in 38 model playgrounds in 13 countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Peru, Guatemala, Haiti, Belize, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, The Philippines, and Mongolia. These projects have led to the construction of at least 81 additional playgrounds (that we know of) being built by community members in the aforementioned countries.
The schools and community centers that house the playgrounds vary in size, typically from 100 to 400 children served. We estimate approximately 200 children receive direct benefit from each playground in the year it is built, for a current total of 23,800, and that number grows significantly over the life of the playground.
Please visit our Facebook page for a visual history of Play360 projects.
- The first Belize playground was built at the Biscayne in the April of 2018. This project inspired collaboration by Peace Corps volunteers and a spin-off project developed for Sartejena programed for late-2019. In collaboration with Indiana University, an outdoor classroom for high school age students was designed and implemented in May of 2019 in Tumul K’in that has led to planning for a 36-community project.
- Beginning in Spring of 2020, Play360 will partner with Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs to host annual spring trips for students to different communities around the country.
- Battambang Province
- Oddar Meanchey Province
- Chiang Mai Province
- Banteay Meanchey Province
- Siem Reap Province
Ethiopia: With generous funding from the St. Joseph Community Foundation, Play360 partnered with the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development to design and implement a large-scale playground focused on incorporating new universal design elements and associated classroom curriculum. In early 2019 the playground was built and serves nearly 3000 students at the Leku Government School in Hawassa, including those with a variety of disabilities including visual and physical impairments. Local organization staff was trained and intends to construct a minimum of three additional playgrounds.
In 2018, Play360 worked with Kentucky Country Day School, a private school in Louisville, to build a playground with their sister city in Tamale Ghana. We built at Dahin Sheli Primary School.
From 2013 to 2018, Play360 worked closely with FUNDAP to build playgrounds throughout Western Guatemala. In addition, a Peace Corp alumni served as a Play360 Fellow to spend 6 months conducting training workshops. Throughout the region a total of 14 playgrounds were built.
Play360 worked with a Educate Haiti, an NGO focused on education issues throughout Central Haiti. This 2012 playground training was held at a church as Haiti was still recovering from the 2010 earthquake which devastated the island.
In 2012, Play360 was approached by Africa Yoga Project to partner up to build a playground on the roof of a school in Kibera. Kibera is one of the largest slum in Africa. Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is a grassroots movement that works for transformation in urban slums by providing critical services. Due to the density of the slum and the lack of space, we were asked to build a playground on the roof of the school.
- Champasek Province
- Savannakhet Province
- Xaignabouli Province
In 2017 we partnered with a group of 20 young Mongolian nationals as part of their leadership development experience to build new equipment (and help restore/repurpose old equipment) at the Lotus Children’s Center, an orphanage focused primarily on children with special needs just outside of Ulaanbaatar
In August of 2019 a second project is scheduled, led in collaboration with participants from the 2017 project. Again, the focus of this build will be on an orphanage located in Ulaanbaatar.
Beginning in 2014, multiple projects have taken place in central Myanmar through a U.S. State Department funded program with Indiana University. In addition to the 3 primary playgrounds constructed through these training trips, more than 20 additional playgrounds have been developed by the local participants, communities, and civil organizations. One of the most active partner organizations is the Noor Education and Community Center in Bago
Play360 led a series of trainings in Lima. Working with Prisma, a Peruvian NGO that implements projects in education, health and sanitation, our trainings led to playgrounds being built in a number of areas around Aguas Calientes and Lima
- Villa el Salvador
- Aguas Calientes
- Santa Maria
Beginning in Summer of 2020, Play360 will partner with Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs to host annual spring trips for students to different communities around the country.
One of our first playground trainings in 2010, we conducted workshops with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.in Cebu, one of the largest NGOs in the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle Foundation and with PlayPhilippino, a local NGO dedicated to providing opportunities for play throughout the Philippines.
In the summer of 2018 and 2019, Play360 partnered with Indiana University’s Books and Beyond. Books & Beyond seeks to increase literacy skills, addressing the Rwandan “book famine”, and developing models for cross-cultural teaching and learning. Play360 built a playground at school schools in the area, training several local groups on how to build playgrounds.
Play360 worked with Indiana University’s professor of African languages, Alwiya Omar and YES (The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State) to build a playground at the Taufik Preschool, Stone Town Zanzibar. The school had 44 young children aged from 3.5 to 7 years, where 24 are girls and 20 boys from Muslim families.
One of our first trainings, we worked with Child’s Dream in 2009, an NGO based in Thailand that is focused on education throughout Southeast Asia. Playgrounds have become an integral part of their extensive work throughout Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. We applaud them for their continuing commitment and efforts in the construction of the playgrounds in their schools.