Verity's supporting East African Playgrounds I’ve signed up with the charity East African Playground to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child’s development and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. It also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds across Uganda- including refugee camps- helping to empower some of the world’s most disadvantaged children. ‘What a difference your donation makes’: £5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground. £21.83 educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in. £73.80 equips a former street child with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses. £131 teaches a community of care-givers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground. £197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme. This summer I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build a playground in Uganda. Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can- any donation will make a difference. This summer I will spend three weeks in Uganda- taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountain, lakes and jungles) before volunteering on a playground build myself. Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorilla I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to the non- project trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work. *Please note, if you are a relative of mine you cannot gift aid your donation, according to charity law. Please donate what you can to give children in Uganda their childhoods.