Lauren Collier I’m getting in touch about something special to me,

I learned about the East African Playground Charity through my University in October. It is a UK registered charity (1129244) and international NGO (9716) working primarily in Uganda, a country that hosts the fifth highest number of refugees in the world. The charity's amazing story and ethos of providing safe and fun playgrounds to support children’s recovery from their experiences completely bowled me over. They have won numerous awards for the contribution they are making to education in Uganda and for the quality of volunteering trips they organise for UK students to be involved in the project, and to experience Africa, including the opportunity to join a Gorilla trek.

I have signed up to be volunteer in summer 2019. It was a huge decision for me to do this, as a disabled student, but I felt compelled to be a part of this incredible charity giving so much to change lives, through transforming children’s development environments. I’ll be living and working within a local community, building a playground for their school. A playground is a classroom in disguise! The children don’t know their learning, they don’t feel like their learning, but really they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends. Play has an incredible benefit to a child's development, it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. (Voice of Play, 2018)

My commitment to support the charity is to raise £2000 to help bring the gift of play to the children of Uganda. The breakdown of the cost are, £1100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fun their incredible work. £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help conserve the efforts of the Gorillas I will be visiting. £600 will go towards the cost in Uganda, which goes to a local community organisation, Home of Edirisa.

It would be amazing if you are able to help by making a donation to support this life-changing work.
What difference you're donation makes-
£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to safe, fun, child-focused playgrounds.
£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 fo 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 qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

Thank you.

Links,
EastAfrican Playgrounds- https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/
Uganda Wildlife Authority- http://www.ugandawildlife.org/
Voice of Play- http://voiceofplay.org/benefits-of-play/ Lauren Collier