Hunter Smith Memorial Playground

"It is such a joy to come alongside the Smith family to honor our dear friend Hunter. A playground at the new Arise School captures everything that Hunter loved, especially the precious children of Zambia. We can't wait to see how Hunter's legacy will continue through the joyful play of the kids we love so much."

- Ellen & Clayton Kershaw



Hunter Clayton Smith passed away on April 16, 2016; just weeks before his 30th birthday. Hunter became a loyal supporter of Arise Africa after joining Clayton and Ellen Kershaw on mission trips to Zambia in 2012 and 2013.  He had a deep love for children, an attribute that was exemplified during these trips.  Hunter could always be found with multiple children hanging onto his arms or sitting in his lap.  The Zambian children came to know the tangible love of Christ through a larger-than-life “uncle” from Texas with endless energy and a child-like faith.

To honor Hunter’s love and passion for the Zambian children, the Smith family is partnering with Arise Africa and Kershaw’s Challenge to raise funds for the Hunter Smith Memorial Playground.  We can think of no better way to honor him than through his favorite class… recess!  This playground will be part of the brand-new school Arise is building with Kershaw’s Challenge, The Arise Christian School. 

Hunter was confident in the Lord’s constant and mercy-filled work in his life, allowing others to be part of the journey.  He gave all of himself for the love of others -- especially the precious children of Zambia. 

We would be honored for you to come alongside us in raising funds for the Hunter Smith Memorial Playground.  If you would like to contribute, please click the link below.  We are grateful for the ongoing legacy of our friend Hunter and look forward to honoring him through the smiles and laughter of the Zambian children for years to come. 


    The project plan consists of one large playground with two structures.  One will be for children ages roughly 4-7 years old.  The other will be larger and serve children 7-12.  The playground sets will be purchased second hand in America and shipped to Zambia.  Unfortunately we are not able to purchase durable sets in the country of Zambia that would last and take the wear and tear of so many children.  We also cannot have them made that are of the safety standards of sets found in America.  Arise Africa is working with a non profit, Kids Around the World, which purchases and ships playgrounds for these causes.


Large Child Playground Set: $14,000

Small Child Playground Set: $11,000

Swings:   $4,000

Benches, Trashcan, ground cover: $7,000

Shipping: $6,000 (international)

Clearing in Country(taxes): $2,500

Tool Package: $500



Actual Small Children's Playground Set to be Purchased

Actual Small Children's Playground Set to be Purchased

Actual Large Children's Playground Set to be Purchased

Actual Large Children's Playground Set to be Purchased

Checks can be mailed to:

Arise Africa

1628 Fairmount Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76104

Please put “Hunter Smith” in memo line.