During a recent trip to Uganda, my progeny and I installed and delivered quite a bit of playground equipment at isolated and poorer locales throughout the country.
We installed swing sets at 7 locations: 1 at a school adjacent to Lake Bunyonyi, 2 schools in the Kyarumba area (near Kasese), 1 at an LDS chapel in Gulu, 1 at a small school near Kampala, 1 at a village school near Lake Victory (south of Masaka), and 1 at a school near Masaka. The latter was a tire swing. Additionally, we left the equipment to construct a 3rd swing set in the Kyarumba area.
The swing set locations in the Kyarumba area are moving higher and higher into the Rwenzori Mountains (aka Mountains of the Moon). One of the swing sets we constructed on this trip was only accessible by motorbike. The school kids helped carry the swing set parts from staging area to site, located several kilometers above Kyarumba. Because of the steepness of the terrain, quite a bit of land leveling had to done before the swing installation could begin. The local support was great. The schoolmaster hopes the playground equipment will be a kid magnet, encouraging the mountain kids to attend school. Proposed future locations are even more remote.
We also installed climbing towers at 3 locations: 2 at school locations around Masaka and 1 at a school near Kampala. Two of the towers are made entirely of metal pipe, and 1 is made of metal and used tires.
Additionally, we tried out a new design for a monkey ring apparatus. This was installed at a school in the Masaka area.
In addition to installing new equipment, we also added to and repaired existing equipment. We repaired swing seats and chain at 2 sites in the Gulu area, 1 in the Kampala area, and 1 in the Masaka area. The swing repair in Kampala was to a swing set constructed by someone else. We also added a swing seat to an existing swing frame at a location south of Masaka.
Six months ago, we purchased a playground rocker. On this trip we purchased 2 more which were delivered to schools in the Masaka area. Our original rocker had not survived the hard use from the school kids. We had it repaired. In the future, we need to either reinforce the prefabbed model or come up with our own design and fabricator.