Turning old tires into playgrounds

They are durable, inexpensive and relatively safe, are the tires. A young architect has used some of the 100 million tires thrown away each year in India to design colorful playgrounds for schools that need them.

But it all started thinking that play is a right for all children. Thus Anthill Creations, a non-profit organization managed by Pooja Rai, has so far built 283 different playgrounds using tires.

Most of the play spaces designed by Rai depict cars, buildings or animals, combined with more classic elements such as swings and slides.

Obviously all spaces are built with discarded tires, which are collected, cleaned and inspected for anything that may pose a threat to children.

They are then painted and drilled several times to ensure that rainwater does not collect inside.

“We live in a world where gaming, such an essential part of growth, is now seen as a luxury and even thought of as useless,” Rai said.

Since India is the only nation in the world that has a law that obliges companies to do charity, much of Rai’s work is done through donations.

Small spaces cost around $ 800, up to larger ones that can cost up to $ 4000-5000. In short, very little. In fact, the construction of the play spaces, like the financing phase, is all done by volunteers.

“The right to play should be considered fundamental for a child’s cognitive growth, physical and emotional well-being. I believe it should be enshrined in the fundamental rights of the human being, ”Rai said.

Source: Il Blog di Beppe Grillo by beppegrillo.it.

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