Morgan Thomas Join me, in helping raise money for my trek to Uganda this summer. Whilst there, our main aim will be to build a playground in a Ugandan community. ‘East African Playgrounds’ has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres and refugee settlements. The role of these playgrounds are priceless - not only do they provide a vital space for children to have fun and make friends, they have also been found to increase school attendance and enrolment, reduce antisocial behaviour and increase the perceived importance of children having their childhoods. ‘East African Playgrounds’ also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, resulting in deeper learning, that will take children further in their school careers. Also, as part of the construction of playgrounds, EAP provides a welding apprenticeship programme for street connected young people, providing them with the skills, knowledge and experiences to create a prosperous future for themselves.

One teacher from a Ugandan primary school explains how she and her school benefited by the addition of their playground, and how they are able to use it as a learning resource.
"Before the playground was installed, I would struggle to teach topics, such as budgeting and money, due to a 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."

What difference will your donation make?
£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
£21.83 can educate teachers 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, then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019
Thank you so much in advance for any donation you are able to make, to allow me to make a difference to the lives of the many children I aim to help. Morgan Thomas