Millie Cornwell

I am 18 years old and currently studying the first year of my degree - Developmental Psychology - at the University of East Anglia.

I was approached by one of the project's representatives whilst I was walking to a lecture and after hearing about the opportunity could not stop thinking about how much of a difference the volunteers help makes to these children's lives and I wanted to be a part of it.

On my trip I will be designing and building a playground for the children that will encompass the essence of their community and play culture, alongside a build team and other volunteers.

The thoughts behind the project is that "Play is the universal language of a child". It is a child's universal right to play. Play has been shown to bring many benefits to children such as social skills as well as cognitive abilities.

Unfortunately, across East Africa, children spend their spare time searching for work rather than playing. The few play facilities that do exist for children are often unsafe or poor quality. The large class sizes and lack of facilities mean that a system of rote teaching is used, which means that children are limited in self-expression and creativity.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are...
£10 - builds a toy giraffe for the children of a community to play with
£15 - builds a motorbike out of tires, allowing kids to engage their creativity in role play scenario's
£20 - funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they start their meaningful employment with East African Playground's
£50 - builds a table with space for board games such as checkers or snakes and ladders!

Therefore, all the money raised will be greatly appreciated first and foremost by the children as well as the project and myself.

I will keep updates on the page of any upcoming fundraising events I will be doing! If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact.

Please help me to fundraise by giving what you can - any donation will mean a lot.

P.S If you have an interest in taking part in this amazing opportunity then this is the link to their page:
https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/

Millie Cornwell