elise pike This Summer I have decided to go to rural Uganda for 4 weeks with East African Playgrounds to help build a playground from scratch alongside other volunteers and a team of Ugandan professionals; thus far, the charity has organised the construction of over 200 playgrounds in a range of Ugandan communities including refugee settlements, impacting the lives of over 300,000 children. I was drawn to this charity in particular because of their unique aim focused around helping children's development through play: play has a huge impact on a child's physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills, providing them with a safe space to make sense of the world and exercise their freedom of thought, which is why I think it is a worthwhile project that I am excited to get stuck into.

The money donated through this page isn't funding my personal trip to Uganda, but instead will go straight to East African Playgrounds to help train future staff members and educate local communities on the importance of play for children's development, both of which are central aims of the charity.
- £5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed 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 for 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 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through an apprenticeship scheme.

Please help me reach my fundraising target of £800 by giving whatever you can - any and all donations would be greatly appreciated, and make a huge difference for East African Playgrounds and the Ugandan communities the charity intends to help.

elise pike