Zara Purdy What is life to children without the magic of play?

This summer I have signed up to East African Playground Gorilla Trek to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda. Over the years, East African Playgrounds has built more than 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres and refugee settlements. Not only do these playgrounds bring space for children to have fun, make friends and play together, they also have been proven to increase attendance in school and enrolment, reduce antisocial behaviour and increase the perceived importance of children having their childhoods.

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
Zara Purdy