This year, we experienced one of the most sudden and powerful windstorms anyone can ever remember in Accra, the capital of Ghana. In our neighborhood, where hundreds of children have been coming over many years to just sit in the shade and read books from our small library, 12 trees were uprooted or badly damaged in the storm, like hundreds of other beautiful trees in the city. Luckily, none of our community children were hurt or killed though others wern't so fortunate.
A few days later we had a community brainstorming session, and decided to recycle our fallen trees into log seats and play features for the first natural learning and playspace in the city.
Other people will donate their trees too, as long as we can pay for transporting them.
We need to hire a chainsaw operator for three days, and a truck to cart the logs into place, some from about seven miles away. Then, we'll need to preserve them so they last a while.
Our kids will have seats, stepping logs and natural balance beams, in a city where there aren't really any public green spaces of this kind. Best of all, they'll take part in creating this new environment for themselves.
Let's do this soon - otherwise these trees will be most likely be burned as firewood, causing more pollution in Accra.