Playground Project

The goal of the playground project is to repair one of the few playgrounds in Tetovo, Macedonia. We have partnered with a church in London that helped build it two years ago. This project took an unexpected turn when a man claimed he own some of the land the playground is on and angrily demanded we stop working. Even though the man doesn’t want to do anything with the land, he refuses to give permission so we can fix the playground. After many meetings with different local officials, the entire project stopped. Another man offered to transport the equipment to a nearby village school that doesn’t have any playground. We met with the school and village officials and we agreed to move the playground there. The man doing the metal work and men from the school have gotten the equipment put in quickly. The school in Trebosh has 200 students, grades 6-9, in the morning, and another 200 students, grades 1-5, in the afternoon. The students were so friendly and excited to meet us. We went into several of the classrooms where some of the students introduced themselves in English. Several times the teachers said this was the first time that Americans had been in the room and the first time that the students were meeting Americans.
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