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Need: The Happiness Project: Happy Parks for Somali Children in Somalia

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Background information on the Happy Park Project

Dear all,

Thank you for taking the time to read this background information regarding this project.

It takes a lifetime to make big changes, but it takes a split second and a compassionate individual to bring a smile to a child's face. Whatever the change will be, change doesn't happen on its own; people change things. The lack of children's play grounds in combination with the absence of any child-friendly spaces such as zebra crossings, creative corners, play grounds, happy parks, amusement parks, is contributing to the absence of HAPPINESS in Somalia.

The goal of this project is to build a happy park, a play ground in Somalia where Somali children can play happily and safely and be just children. This project wants to mobilize resources for building a happy park for Somali children in war-torn Somalia. The environment in Somalia is such that there are big stones everywhere and it is windy as well as very hot. There are hardly any children playing safely outside.Many children are kept indoors for fear of the dangerous sharp stones laying everywhere, the extreme heat, or even the dangerous mines and other explosives. But children should be playing outside. Children shouldn't be kept indoors. Full of energy and life, children should be encouraged to play, draw, take up sports and be creative. This is currently not the case in this part of the world.

So far dozens have responded positively to this project. A cargo ship volunteered to transport 100kg of toys and playground stuff for free to Somalia from Holland, the govt has also been very cooperative and we hope to receive the first shipment by mid December.

We are passionate about this project. Its about building, constructing something and changing lives. We visualise the direct and indirect impact the project will have on all those children in Somalia who have been affected by conflict, displacement, drought and war. We would like to contribute to the realization of the building of happiness in Somalia and to the thinking that children should be children, even in war.

We would like to contribute to the building of the first ever happy park for Somali children in Somalia. A merry-go round here, a swing there, a toddler's swimming pool here, a creative corner there. It’s possible and we would like your support, ideas, guidance in this.

We seek all kinds of assistance material and material. Maybe you know someone who can donate with children's toys, someone else with children's tables and chairs, with crayons, reading books, building blocks, building clay, video games, DVDs with cartoons, or maybe with financial support. I created an NGO sometime back, it is very active here, working on peace, gender and development.

The organisation behind this is called Action for Gender and Development (AGAD), which is a young organization that is working on the important topics of Gender and Development in their broadest form; human rights awareness, child protection, education, displacement issues and girl's leadership. For more information please refer to our website www.agadngo.org

Please let me know how you can be of help to us. Any assistance, small or large will be highly appreciated.We thank you very much for your cooperation and look forward to your reply.

Please see the other documents for an update on what has been achieved so far.

Bring a smile to a Somali child's face. Help us build this happy-park!

Our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/260119424040578/doc/260123020706885/

Kind regards, Sahro
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Ms.Sahro Ahmed Koshin
Executive Director/Founder

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