A Vietnamese architect has been named as one of the most influential women in the world by the BBC. Chu Kim Đức joined the list of the top 100 women of the year for her efforts to build playgrounds for children all across Vietnam. She said the recognition from the British public service broadcaster was a remarkable milestone.
This year, the list highlights women who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times. Her social enterprise, Think Playgrounds, was established in 2014. The organisation has built more than 180 free playgrounds for children in inner city areas.
She felt children living in the city needed a place where they could shape their characters by doing physical activity and communicating with others. The group always encourages the community to get involved in designing and preparing playgrounds for children.
They work with local authorities and parents to design the playgrounds which are suitable with the area. The group sometimes hold an event called “Playday” which is a place for children to play and immerse themselves in nature.
Think Playgrounds expect that more and more playgrounds will be built in city areas, making life better and people happier.