Lara  Mayhew Next summer I will be heading to Uganda to volunteer with East African Playgrounds. I will spend my time living and working within a local community, helping to build a playground in a school and running creative play sessions with the children.

Uganda hosts the fifth highest number of refugees in the world so EAP have responded to this crisis by helping some of the most vulnerable children recover through play. Just £5 can give 1 child access to a playground, significantly increasing their IQs, improving school attendance and getting even higher rates of employment and wages in adulthood. At the moment, 83% of 18-30 year olds are unemployed and this must change. This is why EAP is providing former street children and other disadvantaged young people an apprenticeship scheme, to learn welding, pre-fabrication and playground installation, as well as other practical transferable skills. Once they have completed the programme, they are equipped with skills and experience to help them find employment (with East African Playgrounds or elsewhere) in the future, or go onto further training.

Each playground will benefit 1,500 children during its lifetime and with your help, we can reach more children. Any sort of donation towards this amazing charity would be much appreciated to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children in ways no other form of education can. I think it’s very important that we are reminded just how privileged we are. We need to look beyond our own and reach out to the needs of others. Lara Mayhew