Due to a lack of infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan, disabled children are forced to the confinement of their homes where they must watch out the window as other children play outside. As a result, disabled citizens find themselves at the bottom of society, where they are unable to participate in their community and are often taken advantage of. Children's Rehabilitation Center in Osh combats this by providing medical, educational, and social services, however the children have nothing to do outdoors.
The playground, designed specifically for disabled children, will create a safe environment for kids from all over southern Kyrgyzstan to use. Children like Jaktanova, a 12 year old suffering from severe Cerebral Palsy, will be able to play with their friends in the outdoors taking advantage of the swing, sand box, and carousal, all designed for disabled children. Through play, these children will gain the skills and confidence they need to become participating members of their community.
This project has the potential to break long lasting stereotypes in Kyrgyzstan that condemn disabled citizens to the bottom of society. As children play and make friends they will prove to themselves, their parents and the Kyrgyz society that they have the ability to participate in their communities, fostering acceptance for those with disabilities. If the project is successful, it will serve as an example for other centers and hospitals throughout the region to install playgrounds of their own.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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