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Kids Play in Congo: Pictures Worth Thousands of Words

A picture is worth a thousand words:

kids on pg hero 8.2015

Meet some of the kids in Mumosho, DRC, who take a break from their play to clown for the camera at the playground built through our partner’s work.  How can we state in just a few words what it means for these children to have a safe space to just be kids, without worry for their safety (besides a scraped knee), playing with abandon?

We are grateful for the grant from our partners in Sweden from Direktionen för Nytta och Nöje in Strömstad that created this playground in Mumosho, DRC, who connected with our work through Gunilla Hamne of Peaceful Heart Network.

And grandma Mwayuma is grateful as well, to have a safe place to drop off her grandchildren while she goes to the Peace Market!

Mwayuma happy to drop grandkids off at pg 8.2015

If you want to partner with Action Kivu to create more safe spaces of play, education, and community in eastern Congo, read more about our work here on the blog, and click here to donate!

 

Discovery Through Play in Mumosho, DRC

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

― Plato

When we asked Amani what the kids call a teeter-totter & merry-go-round in their local language, we learned that the teeter-totter is called ”musumba” in Mashi and that the merry-go-around has no name in Mashi.

These games were not in the children’s vocabulary before the Swedes from Direktionen för Nytta och Nöje in Strömstad created this playground in Mumosho, DRC.

Here’s to kids having a place to play, and all of us sharing games and culture without borders or boundaries. We can’t wait to learn more about games and play from kids in Congo who have more peace, freedom, and safety to explore!