Lucy Shepherd This summer I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build a playground in Uganda. I will be attending the 4 week programme between the 13th of July to the 8th of August 2019.

I’ve signed up with the charity ‘East African Playground’ to raise £800 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child’s development and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it helps build physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. It also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. As well as simply having the ability to be a child.

East African Playgrounds build playgrounds across Uganda-including refugee camps- helping to empower some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Here are just a few examples of what a difference your donation makes:

£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focused playground.
£21.83 educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
£73.80 equips a former street child with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.
£131 teaches a community of care-givers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.
£197.61 train a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

A playground is a classroom in disguise, children don’t know they are learning, they don’t feel like they are learning, but really, they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends.

I want to give this gift to the children of Uganda; can you please help by donating towards my fundraising target by giving whatever you can. All donations are very much appreciated and will make a difference!

Many Thanks :)
Lucy Shepherd