how to build a playground… in haiti

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

August 9, 2012

It starts with a boy with a heart to do something special for others. “I want to send Christmas to the orphans in Haiti. I want them to have a playground,” says the 7 year-old who loves the children he’s never met.

So we scramble to hold a garage sale for orphans. In November.

Because nobody understands the importance of play more than a 7 year-old.

After all the prep work… Collecting donated items to sell from friends who wanted to support the cause of the boy with the big heart… It was time to sell.

The boy’s sale raises nearly $1,400 for the project. It’s not everything that’s needed, but Help One Now donors step in to raise the rest of the money required to complete the project.

The dream becomes a reality. And the work begins.

While children wait patiently.

Eventually, the ground is prepared, the equipment is delivered, and the team arrives to help install everything. I can only imagine the anticipation the children felt as they watched the pieces come together before their eyes. Hearts racing, ready to pounce when given the word.




Mission accomplished.

Do you want to change a life? Consider holding a Garage Sale 4 Orphans or sponsoring a Help One Now child in Haiti.


  1. Deidra

    I love this story. Looking forward to seeing that playground in real life.

    • @bibledude

      seeing this playground in person will be quite an emotional experience for me. watching my son see it in person (maybe in 2013) will be even more emotional. that orphanage is a special place!

  2. Brian

    I was wondering did you buy the playground material here and have it shipped to Haiti? What was your total cost? I am thinking about doing the same thing.

  3. Darlene Collazo

    I love this! I read it to my daughter. And said, “You see, God uses children too!” Your son’s faith and action has inspired us today. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dan King

      Thanks Darlene! I love your daughter’s heart! So cool… #fistbump


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how to build a playground… in haiti

by Dan King time to read: 1 min