Ongoing Mission: to enrish the lives of the children of Syria by creating play areas in refugee camps

At the beginning of September 2015, we launched a new fundraising campaign, entitled “Play Wins the War”, which was created with the goal of initiating play areas in Syrian refugee camps.

Our goals take shape through our team and partners in the field, the Syrian Association for Relief and Development (SARD), in constructing (between April and May 2016), the first prototype in the Ariha camp, situated close to the Turkish border. Residents of this camp, having fled towards the north, gave it this name to honor their native city, destroyed by war.

Let me play’s creative team has teamed up with Emergency and Development Architects (EDA), as well as a number of volunteers with expertise in child psychology, occupational therapy, games, and environmental design to produce a functional and technical program containing all the necessary information to initialize the conception of the space as it is. This has been in partnership with the Syrian Association for Relief and Development (SARD), our field team on the Syrian-Turkish border.

A conception contest took place at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s design school in March 2016. A jury of experts evaluated projects submitted by the 40 participants, considering the best ideas put forth in regards to the following criteria: design, community creation, feasibility, security, adaptability to childhood development, and adaptability to play.

The average length of time spent in a refugee camp is 17 years, meaning some children are not only born under these tents, but also grow up in inhumane conditions. Knowing this, it is essential that our movement expands and obtains the most support possible, including from institutions dedicated to children and education.

Help us provide these spaces for the children of war; spaces in which they can play, dream, learn and grow.
Help us provide these spaces for the children of war; spaces in which they can play, dream, learn and grow.

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