Zuzanna Panek Next summer, together with a group of other volunteers, I will be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime to a continent I am yet to discover with East African Playgrounds. We will be travelling to Uganda where we will spend 10 days emerged in the local community, building safe play facilities for a primary school whilst also incorporating interactive play sessions into the children’s school day.
The UN has recognised children’s rights for play for 30 years now, with the charity supporting them in protecting these rights for 10 years. East African Playgrounds have built over 250 playgrounds in primary schools, along with building playgrounds for some of the most disadvantaged children living in refugee camps, thus benefiting over 300,000 children. Playgrounds not only improve the children’s social skills but also benefit their education, with research proving that they improve concentration and attendance in schools. On top of this, the charity offers an apprenticeship programme whereby street children can become qualified builders and welders, consequently making it easier for them to find employment in later life.

The charity focuses on unlocking children’s potential, as play is a vital part of the development of a healthy and happy child. I am asking for your help to make an impact on the lives of these young children. My target for fundraising is £2200 and anything beyond this would support me in funding my transport to Uganda. Every donation goes a long way - just £5 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe and fun playground. A £20 donation can educate one teacher on the importance of play in a child’s development.

Here’s a quick video that summarises the impact of the charity of children’s lives:

I am really excited about this opportunity and would greatly appreciate any donations - every penny will bring me one step closer to helping Ugandan children experience the childhood they deserve. I'd also love it if you could share this page for me and spread the word! Thank you! Zuzanna Panek