The park was completely empty with grass growing up to full height, facilities in bad condition and shops empty... there were no signs of life, laughter or sharing here. One of the important objectives of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is the complete rehabilitation of the Christian villages of the Nineveh Plains and as we respond we can play a part in helping the Christians in the East to remain on their historic lands.
This park is a renaissance symbol for the village. It enables the local economy to revive by reopening local businesses and by hiring local artisans to assist with the project of work.
The renovation of this site started in 2017, first of all to remove the overgrown grass, to repair and repaint the swings and slides and other children’s play equipment and then to restore both water and electricity to the park.
Once the first work was completed, the team moved onto the kiosk, which was previously a little shop adjacent to the park. Volunteers spent hours painting its doors and windows in preparation for its reopening so that once again the villagers could buy for themselves fresh drinks, pancakes and coffee as they enjoyed the park.
Since the park was not intended to belong to SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, its management gradually moved from the French volunteer of SOS into the hands of the inhabitants of Alqosh. And so, we saw the creation by the association of the AQPAC (Alqosh Park Action Committee), which would take over the control of the park.
After 200 days of work and with 1200 square meters of garden installed, the park reopened. Proudly equipped with six swings, four slides, four nacelles, a toilet, a kiosk and a water fountain. On 13 May 2017, Monsignor Maqdasi, Bishop of Alqosh, officially reopened the park and gave it his blessing.
Thanks to you and your support, this park has blossomed once again. From all the children of Alqosh: thank you!
Project Cost: 5000 euros