Emily Dalton I've signed up to spend part of summer volunteering in Uganda with the charity East African Playgrounds. This charity builds playgrounds for schools in rural Uganda providing disadvantaged children with the gift of play; this benefits their development and gives the children a better childhood. Play is a vital part of a child's learning and is such a natural part of their upbringing. Having a playground at school would also motivate children to enrol and attend more frequently, whilst also increasing their social skills as they interact with more children. I believe every child should have the opportunity to play, and by providing them with a playground it would make such an impact on their life and the lives of many children to come.
On top of the benefits this charity provides to schools and children in the community, it also provides vocational training to young adults, giving them skills and experience to help them towards employment. This is hugely important as 83% of 18-30 year olds in Uganda are unemployed so something desperately needs to be done to tackle this overwhelming issue. East African Playgrounds helps to increase the number of skilled and educated people in Uganda and therefore will benefit the lives of so many disadvantaged families. Child poverty is at a high level in Uganda and I feel it is so important something is done about this and East African playgrounds helps to reduce this issue by providing opportunities for both adults and children. Emily Dalton