Aaron Thompson Join me in helping build a playground in Uganda!

I have signed up to the East African Playgrounds volunteer project to help raise funds to build playgrounds in Uganda this Summer. I will be living and volunteering within a local community, helping to transform a local school by building an amazing new playground. I’ll also be assisting in a creative play programme designed to inspire children at a school to learn, explore and develop themselves.

East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres are refugee settlements. These playgrounds are not only a vital space for children to have fun, make friends and play together but they have also proven to increase school attendance and enrolment, reduce antisocial behaviour and have allowed many children their childhoods back.

From gaining a new playground a teacher from Kawule Primary School explains how she is now able to use it as a learning resource.

"Before the playground was installed, I would struggle to teach topics, such as budgeting and money, due to lack of resources. But ever since the playground was installed, I have been using the play shop for the children to learn through role play, resulting in the children grasping the topic much faster and with deeper understanding."

East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching which results in deeper, more connected learning outcomes. During the construction of the playgrounds, East African Playgrounds provides welding apprenticeship programmes for street connected young people, providing them with the skills, knowledge and experience to help create a bright future for themselves.

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.

If you would like to find out more about my volunteering project (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/volunteer-project
Aaron Thompson