Children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan are shunned and confined to their home because of stigma and lack of accessible infrastructure and services. They often cannot go to school or play outside. Communal playgrounds are in a dilapidated state and not accessible. Without shared play facilities, children with disabilities are not able to meet and make friends with their peers in their local communities. This perpetuates a cycle of exclusion and prejudice.
Building two accessible playgrounds with the local communities will allow 60 children with disabilities to have a safe space to play outdoors with their peers, build friendships and simply be kids. The playgrounds will bring joy to their lives but will also improve their inclusion in the community.
Through play, able-bodied and disabled children can interact and bond. As they grow these friendships can help change attitudes and mindsets and break down the stigma and barriers that currently prevent the inclusion of disabled children in Kyrgyz society. By bringing 60 children with disabilities out of their homes and into greater visibility, the playgrounds will spark a change within their communities and bring a greater level of acceptance of those with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan.