Katie Murray Hello, my name is Katie and I have this page to raise money for my trip to volunteer in Uganda for a month. You’re probably puzzled as to why I have chosen this charity and also why you should donate to such a small charity that you haven’t even heard of- and I attempt to tell you why…
I don’t blame you for not knowing anything about this wonderful charity because a month ago, I didn’t either. But I can honestly say whilst learning more and more about how and why the charity does what it does, I couldn’t resist but support it this year alongside my other commitments and studies.

Ok so what exactly does ‘East African Playgrounds’ do?
They focus on getting universities onboard with donating and volunteering in Uganda to help improve the lives of children out there. They help a lot in refugee camps giving short term as well as long term aid. East African Playgrounds (EAP) provide food and sanitation to these sites as well as offering education in trade and help to build their homes again. This not only gives them a safe place to go but also gets them closer to becoming a full citizen so that they can take up more formal jobs. They also provide early learning centres which act as a pop-up primary school to ensure the children’s lives are not kept back in any way due to their unfortunate situation.
Whilst out there I will be building a playground, which will last at least 10 years, next to a local school and I shall be teaching and playing with the children there. These children have known and had to wait a whole year for this playground to be built, and it makes me smile every time I think I am a part of this.

Ok so why play?
There was such a gap in the support of charities- most aim to improve health and freedom, but only the minority focus on play. In my opinion this cause is of equal importance as it gives the children of Uganda back their care-free imaginative childhood where what is created in play, can alter the path they take throughout the rest of their lives. Play is a natural learning. It is here we develop not only physically, but also socially and mentally, learning to take it in turns and share with all others. Studies have also shown that from building these playgrounds next to the Ugandan schools, school attendance has increased by 90%.

And why do I love them so much?
They are a small charity with only 4 employees in the UK and everyone else in their charity (around 80 people) are from Uganda and work out in Uganda. The charity also teaches Ugandan people trades to help combat the 80% unemployment rate in Uganda at the moment. They even give every employee free healthcare to ensure them and their families led healthy and happy lives. I love the ethics behind this charity as it is so apparent that the priority is doing good. It is also a very transparent charity which offers every volunteer a breakdown penny-by-penny of where the money you donate goes. To add to the ethical values this charity shows, they also use locally sourced materials so that the local area can benefit from our project even further. It truly is a wonderful cause.

This is their website if you wanted to know more: https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019

These are some figures I found on their website:

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.

Thank you for any and every donation- a little goes a long way here. I hope you're as excited as I am to see the impact we can create in just 8 months. Thanks again- your support is priceless. Katie Murray