Joe Dickenson Where would we be without the magic of play?

Join me in helping build a playground in Uganda, I have signed up to East African Playgrounds Gorilla Trek to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda, summer 2020.Being able to make a difference to so may young lives means so much, I myself took play for granted and seeing what this trek can accomplish makes smashing my fundraising target all the more rewarding for everyone involved.

East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres are refugee settlements. These playgrounds are not only a vital space to have fun, make friends and play together but also they have proven to increase school attendance and enrolment, reduced antisocial behaviour and increase the perceived importance of children having their childhoods.

From gaining a new playground a teacher from Kawule Primary School explains how she is now able to use it as a learning resource.
"Before the playground was installed, I would struggle to teach topics, such as budgeting and money, due to lack of resources. But ever since the playground was installed, I have been using the play shop for the children to learn through role play, resulting in the children grasping the topic much faster and with deeper understanding."

Alongside building playgrounds East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, resulted in deeper more connected learning outcomes. And as part of the construction of the playgrounds EAP provides a welding apprenticeship programmes for street connected young people, providing them with the skills, knowledge and experiences to create a prosperous future for themselves.

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 for them to share their learning in.
£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 through 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 (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this web-page https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2020

I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money raised above the £2200 Can be reimbursed by East Africa Playgrounds to me (up in request) up to the cost of my flight. Joe Dickenson