Lauren Pollard I fell in love with Africa the first time I visited in 2016. Meeting the people, learning about their culture and experiencing a different part of the world inspired me to get involved in fundraising in as many ways as I can. I have signed up to take part in the 2020 Gorilla Trek with East African Playgrounds, to raise funds and build a playground for a community school in Uganda, turning a bare patch of land into a safe and fun environment for children to learn and play.

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, reduce antisocial behaviour and increase the positive perception and attitude toward school.

A teacher from Kawule Primary School explains how she is now able to use the new playground installed 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."

Furthermore, East African Playgrounds run educational play programmes, which aid the use of play-based teaching, resulting in deeper connections through teaching. EAP provides a welding apprenticeship programme, teaching young, street connected people through the construction of the playgrounds, providing them with the skills, knowledge and qualities to create a more prosperous future for themselves, and allow them to go into the world of work with qualifications and professional experience.

What difference will your donation make?
£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focused 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.
£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.

I am so excited to return to Africa and help make a difference to children's lives.

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

Thank you Lauren Pollard