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|The launching ceremony of Ha Lo playground|
Ford Vietnam in partnership with Live & Learn Vietnam and Think Playgrounds (TPG), a non-profit organisation for children built Ha Lo, the first recycling playground for children in Dong Anh district, Hanoi. The playground was handed over on December 2, 2018.
Ha Lo playground was built by experts from Vietnam and Western countries (France and Germany), and was built using recycled materials such as wood, automobile tires, and ecological tiles. Having broken ground on November 11, the playground has been built in a single week with the contribution of 20 volunteers from Ford Vietnam.
“As a pilot project of this type of playground, I and the staff of Ford Vietnam were honoured to contribute to the playground in Ha Lo commune. We also hope that the message of environmental protection, utilising recyclable materials for good purposes will spread to more and more communities in the country," said Pham Van Dung, general director of Ford Vietnam.
Every year, Ford Vietnam usually holds special programmes for children in order to raise awareness of environmental protection in daily life, as well as develop children’s skills and creativity, through programmes such as Learn to be a Mechanic (2016), Green Inventors, and One Day at the Farm (2017), and the latest Play Day (Mid-autumn of 2018).
These programmes were supported enthusiastically by Ford Vietnam’s volunteer team. So far, these volunteers have contributed more than 8,000 working hours and organised numerous training courses for children across many localities of Vietnam.
In parallel with the Ha Lo playground project, Ford Vietnam, in collaboration with Think Playgrounds, held a festival for Lien Ha commune's children. At the festival, children could join in new and interesting activities to develop their creativity and imagination.
This recycled playground model was tested by education experts, including Think Playgrounds and its partner, Ford Vietnam.
Pham Van Dung, general director of Ford Vietnam added: "Ha Lo playground shows the importance of green and healthy public spaces for the local community. Continuing these activities for sustainable development, Ford Vietnam commits to long-term investment and organise healthy and meaningful playing activities for children across the country, as well as replicate this model in more localities."