Community Playground in Urta

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Goals

Problem statement:

The village of Utra, Samegrelo, faces a problem with resources. About 43% of the population lives in poverty. There are also 350 IDP families from Abkhazia. These factors make it difficult to create a vibrant community.

Although these problems don’t have easy fixes, we think that one way of solving this will be creating a public space, so the village can come together and support each other.

We week the following changes:

1) A safe, creative and ecologically designed outdoor meeting space with a playground for the community created by the inhabitants.

2) Community empowerment through the process of creating the park: teamwork, negotiations, fundraising, design, etc.

3) A secure space for children to play and improve their social and physical skills.

4)Active parenthood, where parents can play together with their children and network with other parents

5) Inspiration for neighbouring rural communities to take their own initiatives.

Proposed Solution:

The community (parents, children, neighbours) will create an outdoor meeting space with a playground for the whole community including children . All community members, no matter of age or background, will co-design the space contributing with their ideas and work and feeling responsibility for the place at every stage of its creation and then maintenance.

We were lent by the local administration 400 square meters, with the possibility to expand for our space.

The stages of creation include:

1) Design : joint brainstorming on ideas with the whole community. We have contacted two professionals who build ecological community playgrounds in Poland and Germany and they offered free-of-charge consultations.

2) Creation: we want to start in the beginning of July to built the very place using existing materials and resources: tires, old constructions, people's time and ideas and additional materials raised from other sources.

3) Shared experience: we will use the created space everyday for socializing, playing, being together, sharing new ideas and planning their implementation. The community proposes additional activities around the meetings place, such as Megrelian singing, experiment-based physics lessons for children, firecamps, interactive lessons for small children.

Sustainability:

Because this idea is a grassroots initiative, we believe our community will be invested in keeping the clean and in good repair. We hope that our community will take pride in having a beautiful space.

This project helps to organise further the everyday maintenance of the place.

The community is willing to share its experience and know-how and support others in implementation of similar grass-root level actions. This is how the idea will be kept alive and spread.

Equal gender opportunity:

This space will be built and used by everyone, men and women alike.

Items Needed

Item Description Vendor Info Total Purchased?
Building tools

hammer, nails, screws, brushes, small construction elements etc.

Lia Gogia

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5
245,00 ₾
Wood

For constructions, such as playground houses, tables, ladders etc.

შ.პ.ს. კაპითალ ჯგუფი - 2008 Gurgen Sordia / S.p.s. Kapital Jgufi - 2008 Gurgen Sordia

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5
500,00 ₾
Metal pipes

For iron constructions, such as slides, climbing tools etc.

შ.პ.ს. სტილ საქართველო - სამეგრელო / Sh.p.s. Stil Saqartvelo - Samegrelo

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5
1 210,00 ₾
Paint

For painting the old constructions, the fence and new construction elements

LTD GEOLAKI

Zugdidi

5
114,00 ₾
Ropes

For wooden constructions, swings etc.

I.M. Goderdzi Sherozia

Zugdidi

0
0,00 ₾
A slide

One ready slide to install in the wooden construction

I.M. Goderdzi Sherozia

Zugdidi

0
260,00 ₾
cement/ grout

4 bags, for stabilisation of the construction, filling the holes in the substrate

I.M. Goderdzi Sherozia

Zugdidi

0
0,00 ₾

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martagawinek@gmail.com Night volunteers
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martagawinek@gmail.com Wooden house
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martagawinek@gmail.com Project coordinators in action
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martagawinek@gmail.com We have started wooden constructions
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martagawinek@gmail.com Beautiful moments in between the hard work which give us so much motivation
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martagawinek@gmail.com Hard work
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martagawinek@gmail.com Children and the pyramide
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martagawinek@gmail.com Volunteers in action
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martagawinek@gmail.com Dato (project coordinator) in action
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martagawinek@gmail.com After party with the community
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martagawinek@gmail.com We are trying out the big swing - great fun for the small and big ones :)
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martagawinek@gmail.com Migdnight works at the playground - big swing is finished!
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martagawinek@gmail.com eager to try out the big swing
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martagawinek@gmail.com Almost finished with the metal constructions
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martagawinek@gmail.com Pyramid almost done, big multiplayer swing under construction
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martagawinek@gmail.com Night works at the community playground
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martagawinek@gmail.com At the turner
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martagawinek@gmail.com Trying out :)
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martagawinek@gmail.com Most of the people come to help us in the evening after work. They help in many ways: by constructing, feeding us or trying out the ready constructions :)
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martagawinek@gmail.com For the next stage of the construction children joined us and we make efforts to involve them as much as possible
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martagawinek@gmail.com We continue the construction works
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martagawinek@gmail.com new words to the vocabulary: grinding, planing, stroking ...
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martagawinek@gmail.com Today about 10 people spent the whole day helping us in the construction works
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martagawinek@gmail.com Today about 10 people spent the whole day helping us in the construction works
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martagawinek@gmail.com We try to involve children whenever possible and safe
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martagawinek@gmail.com Women participation :) Not only for gender balance, but for quality, too :)
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martagawinek@gmail.com Grinding can make fun ;)
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martagawinek@gmail.com The area of the playground is full of ground, which we will pin out soon. We have started to construct the items: benches, swings etc. Quite cool boys help us, aren't they?
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martagawinek@gmail.com Marta Dagargulia gave the idea and helps with promotion and financing
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martagawinek@gmail.com Davit Dagargulia is the heart of the whole project and coordinates all efforts
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martagawinek@gmail.com During the week around 30 people from the village came to help in different ways: in construction works, in bringing materials, socializing with children and involving them. We did not expect such an enthusiastic reaction from the very beginning
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martagawinek@gmail.com Tipper truck stuck in the mud, so we needed an emergency help of one neighbours and his tractor
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martagawinek@gmail.com We did not plan to strenghten the ground under the playground, but as it is too muddy, we needed to find a tip-cart and ground to raise the whole area
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martagawinek@gmail.com We have got our final address and started on Monday, 18th July the very construction works
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martagawinek@gmail.com Preparations for the very construction works vol. 2
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martagawinek@gmail.com Preparations for the very construction works vol.1
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martagawinek@gmail.com Public consultations and citizens' control - high level of participation in decision making in Urta
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martagawinek@gmail.com ადგილობრივ თხებს მსაგვსი არ უნახიათ :)
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martagawinek@gmail.com We were given to options for the community playground and had consultations with local inhabitants about the place, the final decision is still not taken, both places are very nice
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martagawinek@gmail.com We are finalizing collection of ideas for the playground
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