The Oasis Project will transform a barren 800m2 area in Petare - the biggest slum in Venezuela - into a fun, safe place where 1000 kids will be able to play, rest, and have a source of clean water. This 'oasis' has been designed by 76 of the children themselves, through a programme run by our local partner. Making their design into a reality will not only transform the space, but also show them that their aspirations are achievable - a huge feat in an area with such limited opportunities.
Nuestra Senora de Encuentro is a school in the heart of Petare, the biggest slum in Venezuela, which has only 3% of the public space required by legal standards. This is a country where 96% of the population live in poverty and 82% lack continuous access to water - and this is one of the poorest areas of that country. Resources at the school are extremely limited: they have no access to clean potable water, and the only recreational area is a deserted stretch of dirt.
This project will transform this barren area into a creative, fun, safe place. The designs for the area have been created by 76 students at the school - following a programme run by Trazando Espacios, where they learned about participatory design and created plans to transform their space. The area will include water filters, so children have access to clean, potable water, as well as places to relax and play - an 'oasis' for the 1000 students that attend the school now and generations to come.
This project will give the 1000 current schoolchildren, and future students, a safe place to play - vital for their long-term development - and access to clean water - transformational for their health and ability to learn. For these children, who are growing up in an area with extremely limited opportunities, this project is also the realisation of something they have created themselves - through their own hard work and imagination; it is proof that their aspirations and hopes are achievable.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).