Emily Vinsen

In September 2018 I have the exciting opportunity to work alongside East African Playgrounds to help establish school play areas in Uganda. As part of Kent University’s ‘Raise and Give’, we will be fundraising over £18,000 as well as building and refurbishing playgrounds in rural Uganda! This project is really important as play has an incredible benefit on a child's development, and every child should have this opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst providing them the space to exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build play areas all over Uganda - including in refugee camps. As someone who has worked with children here in the UK, I know how important it is to have a dedicated learning and play environment. These playgrounds will be used by generations to come and will help expand the minds of Uganda’s future. In every school that this project has visited, the attendance of pupils and the enrolment to the school has increased.

Individually, I will be raising £2,000 by spending three weeks in Uganda, taking part in an arduous trek for a week through different terrains (mountains, lakes and jungles). After this challenging week, we head to a school to build a playground! Each afternoon, we will lead lessons with the children promoting creative play to encourage children to learn different problem solving skills through games.

Examples of what donations go towards:

£10 - Builds a toy giraffe for the children to play with.

£15 - Builds a life size toy motorbike out of tires, allowing children to play on.

£20 - Funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they begin working for East African Playgrounds.

£50 - Builds a table with space for board games, such as checkers, or snakes and ladders!

Where is your money going?

Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas I will be visiting during my trek. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation, and travel, most of which will go to the non-profit trek company the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playground to fund their incredible work. I will be paying between £500 and £600 for my flights out to Uganda separately.

Also, I am running a competition so for every £10 you donate, you will be entered into a raffle to win a brand new Amazon Echo Dot! I will be drawing the lucky winner in May 2018.

This is a really important cause and I strongly believe every child should have the chance to be a child. Please donate anything you can.

Emily x

Emily Vinsen