Lauren Harper I’ve signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £800 to give children their childhood through play.
In summer 2019 I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers for 4 weeks to live and work within a local primary school to help build a playground. A playground is a classroom in disguise, children don't know they are learning, they don't feel like they are learning, but really they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends.
Play has an incredible benefit on a child’s development and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. It also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds across Uganda – including refugee camps – helping to empower some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
What a difference your donation makes:
- £5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
- £21.83 educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
- £73.80 equips a former street child with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.
- £131 teaches 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 trains a former street child for a month helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through the EAP apprenticeship scheme.

I want to give this gift to the children of Uganda; can you please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can – any donation will make a difference to the children in Uganda.
A breakdown of where the costs go can be found at https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/volunteer-project-details
Lauren Harper