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Purpose: Blazin Babes, women's professional networking organization based out of Chicago, is hosting a fundraising event to raise money to build a playground for refugee children living at refugee camps.
Situation: Refugee camps provide a haven for the basic needs of survival; food, shelter, water and basic health care. What they lack though is what every child should have: activities! Refugee children, just like all children, need to play, not only for fun but for their social and emotional development. Play improves their mental and physical health and starts them back on the path to their bright futures.
Location of Playground: One Refugee Child is working closely with Catalytic Action, a non-profit design studio based out of London, and partners overseas to select the location of the playground where we can provide the greatest impact to as many refugee children as possible.
“Play is the exultation of the possible.” - Martin Buber
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison
Fundraising Goal: USD$10,000
Click here to visit the Catalytic Action website to learn more about the playground completed by Catalytic Action and One Refugee Child at the Jarahieh School for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon. Or visit our Project Playground page here for more information.
Thank you for your contributions in helping to raise $9,766!
Check back here for photos and updates on the playground construction set to start later this year.
"Blazin’ Babes is a women's professional networking organization where women come together in a social setting to network with one another to elicit business connections, opportunities for professional growth and offer guidance to other women in achieving their professional dreams and aspirations. We provide workshops, panel discussions, networking events and other programming based on a social platform that encourages women to explore career opportunities, have fun and network."
"We a not-for-profit, design studio that works internationally; intervening with projects that catalyse change in society. Through rigorous design practices, community engagement and understanding the specificities of different contexts, we are working to better the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged groups in different global settings. We work with communities to deliver projects that they can go on to sustain themselves; integrating our design and architectural skills with our experience in participatory engagement to bring about positive transformations. We endeavour to challenge the status-quo, where marginalised groups can become dependent on long term aid, and instead work to produce self-sufficient and strong communities."