Eleanor Cook Play is a vital part of learning. It helps children focus, recall information and learn key social and cognitive skills which are essential in adult life. In the UK, 49% of people go to university, but in Uganda only 55% finish primary school. East African Playground (EAP) is a charity which builds playgrounds for schools in Uganda in order to encourage children to stay in school. In places where EAP has built playgrounds, schools have seen up to a 90% increase in attendance.

I am travelling to Uganda in June to help add another playground to the 300+ already built and I would be extremely grateful if you could donate even just a little to help. The playground is designed alongside members of the local community, so the space will be custom built to suit the needs of the area. As well as building the playground, the volunteers will be running creative play sessions with children, and working alongside locals who can learn skills such as welding, which can provide them with the tools to enter the job market. This is especially important in Uganda, where 85% of young people are unemployed.

EAP is an ethical charity, which means that 100% of the money you donate will go to building the playground and the preservation of gorilla habitats. As a part of their mission for transparency, they provide detailed information of exactly how the money is spent if desired.

What a difference your donation makes:

£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focused playground.
£21.83 can educate a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network through which they can share their learning.
£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 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 Gorilla Trek then head to this webpage: https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019 Eleanor Cook