Anubhav Swara This summer, Alkistis and I are embarking on a journey to Uganda working alongside an incredible organisation, East African Playgrounds (EAP). We will be taking part in volunteer work that is directed towards helping the local community by providing secure playgrounds for children in schools.
In rural Uganda, the children don’t get to experience the gift of playing in a safe and secure environment due to lack of government funding. Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop, it helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Play is vital to a child’s development and is an integral part of a Child’s Early Years Foundation Stage. Young children can develop their language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills through the power of play.
At EAP volunteers work alongside skilled Ugandan builders and welders in order to bring this gift of play to the local children by building safe and secure playgrounds. Our time will be devoted to devising a creative play programme for children of all ages. This would enable the children to apply their creativity and problem-solving skills in the form of games designed with locally sourced materials.

In addition to this, we would get the opportunity to take part in a Gorilla Trek, enabling me to witness the last remaining silverback gorillas. In doing so, we will be helping in contributing to the conservation of this critically endangered species.

Thank you for reading my page and I hope you can contribute to the fruition of this project. Any donations will be gratefully received and will make a big difference to the children’s lives in Uganda.
Anubhav Swara