To date, my friends and I have constructed over 30 swing sets in 4 countries around the world: Uganda, northern Ethiopia, central Cambodia, and the northern Navajo Nation. This is a fun activity for me because I enjoy traveling. If you have a school, orphanage, rural community, etc. in a developing country that could use a swing set (or any other piece of outdoor recreation equipment) let’s talk.
My friends and I have developed excellent plans and procedures for constructing commercial-grade swing sets in remote locations. For example, I was able to travel to Ethiopia and Cambodia with little advanced preparation and construct demonstration swing sets. And these are models that can be easily copied.
The swing sets that we have constructed to date get heavy use; so they have to be well constructed. Kids of all nationalities enjoy swinging.
Children in developing countries have to work hard. Frequently at very difficult jobs (eg. smashing rocks, farming, selling), so having a chance to just be a kid is important. Let’s fill the developing world with swings.
To date, organizations that have participated in this program to construct swing sets throughout developing countries include: SeeeMe, Navajo Santa, Kitale Community School (Scottish NGO), and BYU’s GEO club.
Note: If you would like to contribute financially to my swing set projects, please donate through SeeeMe. Your contribution is tax deductible. Please note on your check that the donation is for swing set construction.