About the project
About the Green Island community center
Estudio Cavernas, a social architecture non-profit organization, and PlayOnside, a local sport organization have collaborated to turn an inhospitable/polluted site into the Green Island community centre – a vibrant site with classrooms, football field and vegetables gardens – aiming to foster education for the children and to empower the community.
The Green Island centre provides educational support, offers recreational opportunities for locals and promotes a culture of gender equality by encouraging girls to an active part of the community.
Activities run by PlayOnside such as:
- Extra-curriculum activities after school
- Homework’s assistance
- Guidance regarding educational opportunities
- Parents’ meetings
- Arts workshops
- Football festivals and tournaments
- And more
Project Details and updates
Phase 1 – Construction implemented by Estudio Cavernas.
From October 2018 to February 2019, a football field, a community centre and a playground have been built inside the landfill in Mae Sot, Thailand.
Phase 2 – Implementation of activity-based, child-centered games run as regular after-school activities by PlayOnside.
Since the opening, Green Island has hosted a summer school, regular weekday’s football training, extracurricular classes, football tournaments, movie nights and friendship games with other migrant schools. It has brought vibrancy and life into the garbage dump, and has become a place the community as a whole enjoys. Green Island has also participated with four different football teams in the PlayOnside tournaments Mingalarbar Mae Sot League, and Rainy Season Tournament. All in all, the project has developed really well so far.
Solar-powered electricity for 3 of the communal buildings surrounding the new football field. 2 panel systems was installed by Htoot Htoot, an experienced project manager. By mid-November, the installations were finished and powering from 100% clean and renewable energy the different PlayOnside activities.
Keeping the community involved in the project – solar training with handbooks – essential for long term maintenance of the system.
Since construction of the community centre, 30 families have build their homes nearby – reinforcing the original concept of local ownership and belonging. The Green Island has taken on a symbolic meaning for the community who are united through a central space that represents the community’s identity and shared vision for their own development.
Football as a tool for gender equality, social inclusion and empowerment
PlayOnside was founded in 2013 and has grown to be one of the most influential sports organizations on the Thai/Burma border. PlayOnside believe that football has a tremendous potential to promote social change. Through a long term, sustainable and flexible approach, PlayOnside is bringing playful learning activities to displaced Burmese migrant children in Thailand.
PlayOnside gives access to education through high quality football and life-skills play for children regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or socio-economic status in all migrant learning centres on the Thai/Burma border.
PlayOnside objectives are the following:
- Challenging gender stereotypes
- Bringing communities together
- Empowerment through participation