• Proximity of Care Design Guide

Humanitarian Play Labs

These recovery play spaces aim to provide psychological support to Rohingya refugee children in Cox’s Bazar camp in Bangladesh, who are exposed to severe trauma from persecution back in Rakhine state in Myanmar.


In this space playworkers, therapists and community members help children process and recover from their experiences, integrating playful learning and child protection. In this approach, the built environment contributes to establishing a culturally relevant setting for recovery.

Location Cox's Bazar refugee camp, Bangladesh

Organisation

BRAC Institute of Educational Development

Partner organisations LEGO Foundation

Scale of catchment Neighbourhood

Beneficiary

Children aged 0-6

Build environment component Community building

INTERVENTION DESIGN LEARNINGS


Visual/Aesthetic

Interior design features traditional motifs, objects and paintings significant to Rohingya culture, to create a reassuring homelike environment.

Process

Refugee community was engaged in developing both the space and the play strategies, for culturally relevant space, games and educational activities.

Implementation learnings

When properly culture rooted, social infrastructure design can contribute to psychological recovery from trauma, wellbeing and resilience building.

Source

http://www.brac.net/latest-news/item/1213-humanitarian-play-labs-helping-rohingya-children-heal-and-learn-through-play

https://www.legofoundation.com/en/what-we-do/programmes-and-projects/play-labs-brac/

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