East African Playgrounds has partnered with organisations big and small as our work complements existing childhood or livelihood-focused programmes, fitting perfectly into to the amazing work you already do.

We are now undertaking major projects in Uganda’s refugee settlements, where there is a huge need for safe play facilities and good quality early years education for children. These refugee children fleeing the war in South Sudan have lost the stability of their home, their country and for some, their loved ones too – their early experiences robbing them of their childhood. They need the essential benefits of play and effective early years education to ensure they are able to recover from traumatic experiences, are ready for primary education, and can grow up to become well-developed adults.

See below for some of our current partners and the success they have seen with East African Playgrounds


We’re really excited to have secured a major match funding opportunity over the next few months. The UK Government have agreed to contribute towards our work in 2020, matching £ for £ any grant or donation made between 1st March and 31st May 2020. We are aiming to raise an ambitious target of £300,000, which will enable us to increase access to early years education for 27,000+ preschool refugee children through play-based learning activities and the installation of safe and exciting playground facilities at early childhood development centres in Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda, which is the size of the city of Birmingham. Find out more about the UK Aid Match campaign here.

In addition to our UK Aid Match, we also have an active UK Aid Direct grant which uses the Playgrounds as a tool to increase access to early childhood development (ECD) education in Uganda’s refugee settlements. This is a three year programme where we will be working within 59 refugee and host communities across Uganda to install community-designed playgrounds and deliver training to teachers and parents on the importance of play. This programme will improve the quality of ECD provision for enrolled children, and enrolment is expected to increase.

UNICEF and Plan International

East African Playgrounds implemented 15 playgrounds in 3 refugee settlements in the West Nile region of Uganda, working with UNICEF and Plan International, to provide integrated ECD services and child friendly spaces to host and refugee communities. The project reached 11,332 children, providing them a safe place to play.

A child told us “I travelled to this settlement with my two younger brothers, it took us five days. We are pleased to see a place where we can play and meet different children”.

Our evaluation showed that the playground displayed full refugee/host integration as well as an equal gender balance. Increases were further seen in social skills (71%), physical skills (57%), cognitive skills (14%) and creative skills (15%) whilst there was also a decrease in anti-social behaviour (43%). Centre attendance also increased.

A teacher explained ‘‘We have already seen an increase in attendance at the centre in anticipation for the playground opening, it is wonderful that the children have an extra incentive to come to learn, the playground will really add to the teaching abilities of the centre.”

Children on a climbing frame under a banner with charity logos on it

S.A.L.V.E International

Through our employability programme, young people take part in apprenticeships and shorter internships with East African Playgrounds, gaining skills in metalwork, welding or catering. We have seen a very successful partnership with S.A.L.V.E International who work with street children to rebuild their lives.

We are very excited to partner with EAP to be able to offer such a unique work based training programme for young people who used to live on the streets. Street-connected children face a lot of negative stigma in the community and can really struggle to find jobs. So it is wonderful to partner with an organisation with a brilliant ethos such as EAP who believe that young people can overcome their difficult pasts if you give them support and opportunities to develop their potential.

Nicola Sansom (S.A.L.V.E. International CEO)

Matthew had lived on the streets for several years after a very traumatic past. S.A.L.V.E International had been
supporting him and after a period of rehabilitation identified him as a potential candidate for East African
Playgrounds’ apprenticeship pilot. Matthew successfully completed the scheme and has now moved on to further
education. Matthew said:

Working and learning with East African Playgrounds was very good for me and my confidence. I know now what real working is like and what I could achieve.

Three men working out the plans of a playgrounds surrounding them