When we first interviewed Oliva to find out what the children needed for their education, she gave us three options.
We asked her to prioritize them. She shifted her weight and sheepishly looked us in the eyes. “This may sound crazy to you, but the most important thing these children need is a playground.”
Oliva understands children. She knows that play is essential to their development.
Here’s what’s interesting. Had we stepped in with our thoughts and ideas we probably would have started with something that “made more sense.” Something “practical.”
And we would have been wrong.
Fortunately, we allowed the priorities to be determined at the local level from someone who knows them best. Oliva.
Because of generous donations made through the Just One Foundation, a beautiful playground was created.
The children were so excited to have a place to call their own.
While installers removed the cellophane wrap protecting the slide, the children watched excitedly behind the chainlink fence. Oliva arranged for sod to be brought in to give it a real park-like feel.