We are a small UK-based charity building an adventure playground in Halabja, Northern Iraq. We have been working in and with the local community to design and build a playground that suits their environment and needs. With their help we have built the foundations. With the help of our supporters we’re getting the materials and equipment to make the children of Halabja’s dreams a reality. With your support we can get do that even faster and ensure the playground can continue to run. Please consider a donation to give the children of Halabja the playground of their imagination, built with their own determination.
The Halabja Community Playground: We’re a small UK charity working with the children and adults in Halabja, Northern Iraq to build a playground. Since 2009 we have been empowering the local community to build their own playground for their community by raising money and resources in the UK and then bringing equipment and specialist expertise out […]
Where it started: In March 2008, while photo documenting the 20th anniversary of the Halabja massacre and chemical bombardment for the Kurdish Human Rights Project, Tom Carrigan spent two weeks living with the family of Nariman Ali Mohammad. Nariman Ali is a local community representative and Deputy Director of the Halabja memorial monument who acted as guide […]
What we’ve done: 2011- 2012 During this period the playground continued to be cared for and used by the local community in Halabja, under the guiding hand of our brilliant play worker Warzer Muhammed, who juggles his role with teaching sports in a local school. As the land had been claimed, owned and loved for […]
Halabja: Halabja is a Kurdish town in southeast Kurdistan, making up the northern part of Iraq. The city is situated next to the Hewraman mountain range close to the border with Iran at the end of the fertile Sharazoor plain. This is a rich farmland where the Kurds have grazed their animals and grown their […]
The team in Halabja: Nariman Ali: Co founder of the project, a translator and community representative. Kdher Kareem: Mayor of Halabja and Iraq representative to Mayors for Peace Kwestan Akram: Deputy Mayor. Warzer Mohamad: Sports teacher and our first playworker on site from Halabja. Bwrhan Ali: Driver, networker, builder. The kids! the team in the UK […]
The project is led by an experienced multi-skilled team of carpenters, builders, and play consultants from the UK. However, for this project to be a success it must be run as a partnership with workers from the community in Halabja. Skilled translators, teachers, tradesmen and playground site staff from the town have contributed so far. […]