Karishma Patel Hi guys!!

I'm fundraising to build playgrounds in Uganda as part of the East African Playgrounds volunteering project.

Outdoor play allows; physical, social, emotional, imaginative and cognitive development. Exercise improves health and well-being while the safe environment encourages independence.

Next summer, I will be travelling to Uganda to help transform local school fields into recreational spaces for children to have fun, make friends and play together. By the time you are an adult the world is no longer a mystery and inanimate objects are just things. If you are lucky enough to spend time with a very young child, your eyes are opened up to the magical mysteries of the universe. To the mature eye playground equipment is exactly what it says on the tin, but to children it is part of a magical world where almost anything is possible. Playground equipment is so versatile that it captures the imagination of children of all ages; little ones tentatively climb on the equipment while older ones throw their weight around with immense confidence.


I have signed up to East African Playgrounds to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda this summer. 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, knowledges 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-focussed 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 webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019





Karishma Patel