Halabja Community Playground Project
Proceeds from selected works will go to the Halabja Community Playground Project in Iraq.
The project have been working since 2009 with the children and adults in Halabja to build a playground. Money and resources raised in the UK and specialist expertise have been empowering the local community to build their own playground for their community.
Much of the playground has already been built but play equipment is needed to turn the space into a fully fledged adventure playground that children can enjoy and that communities elsewhere in the area can use as a model for giving children their own space for play.
Halabja is a Kurdish Town in Northern Iraq that sits roughly 8-10 miles from the Iranian border. In March 2012 it was finally recognised, within a court of law, that Halabja had fallen victim to a horrendous genocide in 1988. Iraqi planes dropped gas canisters on the town and surrounding area. Devastated by bombs, artillery fire, and chemical weapons, at least 5,000 people died and a further 7,000 were injured or suffered the effects of long term illness. The majority of victims were Kurdish civilians, including children.
The suffering in this area still continues to be felt today. Since 2009 the Halabja Community Playground Project have been raising money and resources in the UK and then taking specialist expertise and volunteers out to Halabja to empower the local community to create their own playground. The Halabja Community Playground Project forge relationships with the children and adults in Halabja, so together they can build a safe place to play, supporting the next generation.
Watch a short film with Tam Carrigan, founder of the playground project, on the history of the project and what the funds will be used for: