Jessica Toni Mason I’ve joined up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2000 for children to give them the chance to enhance their learning through play.
Play is essential to a child’s learning and development; it has multiple benefits including building physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills while encouraging communication, relationships and imagination. A playground gives them a safe environment to develop these vital skills which will improve their lives all the way through to adulthood.
East African Playgrounds is all about improving the quality of children’s lives in Uganda. They build playgrounds across Uganda – including refugee camps – helping to empower some of the worlds most disadvantaged children. In addition to building playgrounds, they also educate teachers, parents and the community on the importance that play has on education and how to incorporate play into their daily lives. While also training children to become welders and builders through apprenticeship schemes and supplying them with the equipment to do so.
This charity works hard to improve the lives of every child ensuring they get the best learning experiences they can while not losing out on their childhood. They also work hard to improve the community to make sure they make a lasting impact. I am very excited to be a part of their work and look forward to making a difference.
I will also have an opportunity to impact the lives of the Silverback Gorillas that live in Uganda. During my 3 weeks in Uganda, I will spend some time trekking across different terrains – jungles, mountains and lakes – before making my way to see the Gorillas in the wild. My visit will have a direct impact on the conservation of the Gorillas and their environment.
Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go straight to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help with the conservation of the Gorillas. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel. The majority of this will go to the non-profit trek company, The Home of Edirisa, who supports the communities that I will be visiting on my trek. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work. I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money that I raise above £2000 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me (upon request), up to the cost of my flight.
What difference does your donation make?
All money donated goes towards making a difference. Below is a breakdown of exactly what East African Playgrounds will be spending the money you donate on:
• £5 – gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focused playground
• £22 – educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
• £74 – equips a former street child with all the equipment needed to learn the basics of welding, from goggles and ear defenders to their own set of work boots.
• £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.
• £198 – trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through an apprenticeship scheme
As a trainee teacher, the work the charity does is very important to me as I believe that every child should have access to quality education regardless of their circumstances. Therefore, I feel honoured that I have a chance to make a major difference in achieving this goal.
Please donate what you can to help me to reach my goal and to make a difference.
*Please note, if you are a relative of mine you cannot gift aid your donation, according to charity law. Jessica Toni Mason