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By Hans Wagenhaus

Good morning from Arenal Village on the Western border,
for some time now I've been working to donate a new kids playground for Arenal. Our playground is more than 25 years old - it's rotten and for a very long time cannot be used by any kids anymore. I'm going to donate 2000US$ and I will be looking for donations from companies, organizations or single persons and I'm very optimistic that we're going to start building the kids playground in 2021. The British High commissioner was very much amazed about my plans and she is actually working on options to give me ideas to realize this project with as much as possible support. I also presented the project to the area representative for Cayo West, Hon. Jorge Espat, who'll support me. Even the director of the OAS in the Benque border zone offered his support for this project, that will be built by many Arenal villagers.

I created a presentation and ask kindly, if you would please check on this presentation - it explains the whole concept of the playground and there's a video explaining the need of this playground. Here is the link:

You might have seen, that I want to do a sustainable playground with as few as possible plastic, in order to set a sign for the future of our environment.

In order to support this project you could either donate any amount of money, or you could chose to buy items for the playground and make sure, they'll be available for us by the end of the year. I would very much appreciate your support. In the end I'm going to implement a website for 3 years explaining the project and monitor the efforts, as well as name all the donors of this project - I'll ask the Ambergris Caye message board to help support the project and help to look for donors.

I wanted to ask you to please support Arenal with this kids playground. If you would decide to donate, there would no need for action now, just send me an email to confirm: I would contact you again, once we would start to create the playground, but I would appreciate, if you could give me a green light for this donation.

Thank you very much
Kind regards

Hans Wagenhaus
Arenal Village
Whatsapp: 00502 48312970

Joined: Sep 2021
Posts: 4
Details for the creation of the kids playground:
My goal is to get all together at least 5000US$ in funds or playground items.

I requested, that the village would give the property for free. Also I requested to get 3 to 4 big trees from the village forest for free. I also asked the area representative, Hon. Jorge Espat, to get an exception from duty for all playground items and will try to get free transportation from the US to Belize by Arrow Freight.

I have some more conditions:

- The playground must be sustainable - we try to avoid to use any plastic and want to use natural materials.

- The playground should be adventurous with as many as possible items to challenge the kids - balancing, climbing, interact, social interaction, and I wanted to create a part with benches and some shadow for parents to watch their kids and communicate

- I want at least 50 villagers to help built this playground at no salary. Once a week I want to do this job with as many as possible young people from the village, so that they see, what kind of hard work this is, and I want to sensibilize them to respect this playground, and not destroy parts, as it will be a village leisure activity for their future kids too

- Politicians should help us to contact big Belizean companies to ask for donations. I also have contacted the British High Commission, the OAS and I'll contact some embassies. A basic presentation of this project is already on the message board of ""

If you want to contact me, please send an email to "playground(at)"
Whatsapp 00502 48312970 - we only have Guatemalan phone signal in Arenal

Thank you very much - any help and/or ideas would be very much appreciated

Joined: Sep 2021
Posts: 4
OK, San Pedro, maybe you want to re-consider to support me with this important project - Politicians did not do anything for our kids - we're simply too "un-important" and they cannot "make money" with such projects.

Joined: Sep 2021
Posts: 4
Starting in the first week of November - I really would love to get any support from Ambergris Caye - c'mon guys - this really is a valuable case - doing something for kids <3 Open your heart!

Joined: Sep 2021
Posts: 4
Good morning from Arenal. In the meantime I reached an amount of 4000US$ - 2000 donated by me and 2000US$ from my friends in Europe and the US: We're still missing approximately 1000US$ and it makes me very sad, that not one donation has been made from anyone in Belize - not one cent! I also did not receive a single answer from all the big Belizean companies - that's very sad.
If each person who had clicked the site would have given 2 US$, we would now have more than 1000US$ from Belizeans or Belize expats.
Please - if you read this - I appreciate even a donation of 10 or 20$ - please be so kid and help to make this project happen.
Thank you very much
and kind regards

Joined: Jun 2021
Posts: 7
How would one go about making a small donation?


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