Noppawat Dararattanarojna Frankly speaking I am sure most of you haven't heard of EAP before, but this page will explain

i.) What is East African playgrounds (EAP)?
ii.) Why should you donate to EAP?
iii.) What challenges (20 runs for children's fun) I am taking to fundraise for EAP?
iv.) Why am I taking these challenges?

What is East African playgrounds (EAP)?

East African Playgrounds is a UK registered charity and international NGO, focused on East Africa, primarily Uganda. EAP strives to ensure every child can access their right to a childhood and that no youth is left without the skills to develop. EAP takes an innovative child-centred approach to education and use the power of play to transform the lives of children through their play programs. Working with disadvantaged young adults, lacking formal education, EAP provide apprentice programs to develop young people’s skills, knowledge and experience to enter the work place with a trade, skill and greater confidence. Its impact is widely recognised by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Sport.

Its impact:
344 playground installed
80 Ugandan disadvantaged young adults on staff trained
516,000 children impacted across Uganda
110 centres received the play programme
11,332 children impacted positively in the largest refugee settlement in the world

Why should you donate to EAP?
Research showed that the playground displayed full refugee/host integration as well as an equal gender balance. Increases were further seen in social skills (71% of communities), physical skills (57%), cognitive skills (14%) and creative skills (15%) whilst there was also a decrease in anti-social behaviour (43%). Early child development (ECD) centre attendance also increased. Each playground built will benefit 1,500 children during its lifetime. The creative learning approach is essentially killing two, three, four or even five birds with one stone (must be quite a big stone), improving gender equal balance, allowing children to have fun, increase their creativity, creating social space, thus keeping children away from the street etc.

What a difference your donation makes
£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
£21.83 can educate a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
£73.80 can equip a street connected young person with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.
£131 can teach a community of caregivers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.
£197.61 can train a street connected young person for a month to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

I would really appreciate your help with every bit of donation made or even just by spreading the word about this page.

Now for what I am doing and why am I doing it? (in the unlikely case that you are interested).

What?

In the year 2020, I will turn 20. This is a great opportunity to try something new and challenge myself, so I thought to myself why not do it for a great cause? In the year 2020, I will be running in various events accumulating to 202.0 miles: including 11 half-marathons (144.1 miles), 2 marathons (52.4 miles) and the most gruesome of them all, a 5 km run (3.1 miles). I know those of you who are keen on the maths are probably questioning me about the missing 2.4 miles right now. Well depending on my legs condition, hopefully not too sore by then, I might be able to run the remaining 0.9 miles with my head shaved if this page is able to raise £2,020 for the East African Playgrounds charity. I will keep an update on my progress on the blog post and just in case you are wondering if the recurrent 20 theme was deliberate, the answer is yes.

Why?

Growing up in Bangkok, where you could be standing in front of the most luxurious department store and 10 m across the street there is a ten years old kids desperately risking their live on the road selling flower rings, I can't help but notice the great disparity in wealth and opportunity. It might be somewhat presumptuous of me, but at least I want these children to be able to enjoy their childhood while also having the opportunity and skillset necessary for their future. I believe East African Playgrounds is a great embodiment of this. Hence, I would really appreciate every bit of donation made.

Thank you for giving up your time and I hope you have a nice day!!!


If you would like to find out more then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org
My running blog: https://eap20runs.home.blog/20-runs-for-childrens-fun/ Noppawat Dararattanarojna