A lovely story of the benefits of play.


Can play heal the wounds inflicted by displacement and social exclusion? The answer, according to Ash Perrin, is unequivocally yes. As the founder of a nonprofit that brings play and laughter to marginalized children, Perrin works with children in refugee camps who are living in acutely difficult circumstances. They show clear signs of trauma—withdrawal, anxiety, hostility, and suspicion—and their experiences lead them to seek self-preservation through aggression and to see other people as threats. But play has the power to change that. Play builds social bonds, teaches conflict resolution, develops resilience, promotes self-esteem, and fosters joy.