Nancy's Playgrounds

Nancy's Playgrounds

Nancy always said, “Children must play!” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. It is through play that children, at an early age, engage and interact in the world around them.” Playgrounds provide a safe space for children to relax, explore, learn, create, socialize and have fun, developing the whole child.

The Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation believes all children, should have access to free play. In addition to partnering with local schools, NECF would like to bring playgrounds to the nearly 400 children living in prisons with their mothers, throughout Kenya.


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Playground testimonials

Teacher Ann

Cheleta Primary Grade 2

The children are considerate on the playground. Tom has come out of his shell and you can even recognize leadership traits developing in the children...

Chief Warden

Langáta Women’s prison

NECF really made a difference in the holistic development of the children. It’s a step closer to a more normal life for them here

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One thing is for sure, Nancy loved Kenya. In 1986, Nancy Ellen co-authored a booklet, entitled ‘Kenya Trivia’, about Kenya’s ecology, geography and culture. Forty-two thousand copies were published and sold. This publication was a key text used by individuals training to be guides in the national museum, as well as safari guides.

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