|Pooja Rai at one of Anthill Creations parks. Source: Upbeat News|
One India architect is working to transform communities using durable, cheap, and relatively safe tires.
In India, annually more than 100 million tires are thrown-away. To help cut down on tire waste, Anthill Creations, a non-profit run by Pooja Rai, is building playgrounds. To date, Anthill Creations has built 283 different parks.
Headquartered in Bengaluru, India, Anthill Creations transforms tires into sculptures of cars, animals, and buildings that are then paired with traditional playground items such as swings, seesaws, and jungle gyms.
Rai told the Christian Science Monitor, “We live in a world where play, such an essential part of growing up, is now viewed as a luxury and even thought of as unnecessary.”
Rai is able to fund her non-profit taking advantage of a federal law that requires all corporations to be engaged in philanthropy of some kind. Using these donations, the average playground Anthills builds cost between $800-$3200.
As the second most populous country on Earth, recycling the tires for the playgrounds helps teach children to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” long before they reach an age where their actions will have greater environmental impact. Each project is constructed by local volunteers which helps promote community interest in the project.
Since launching her nonprofit, Rai has helped build parks at schools, public, and refugee camps. Additionally, specialty spaces for children with disabilities are being created at the parks to help make all the children feel included.
One volunteer, Vikas Keshri said, “It has been a really gratifying and joyful experience to be part of Anthill Creations and to bring smiles and play to thousands of kids.”“We often forget how vulnerable these growing years can be,” Rai told CSM. “The right to play should be considered critical to a child’s cognitive growth, physical, and emotional well-being—we believe that it is indeed a basic human right.”
Source: Upbeat News