Nathan Joyce

I will be volunteering in Uganda over summer 2018 with the charity East African Playgrounds, working with a team of local builders to construct and refurbish playgrounds in local schools, and helping to continue the incredible work they've done so far. Since 2009, EAP have been working closely with local schools in order to help improve the social, cognitive, and emotional skills of the students; training teachers in play theory and how to integrate the playgrounds into the educational lessons at the schools. The successes of their efforts are evident as there has been a 98% increase in enrolment at these schools, with many students and teachers stating that this creative education method was a factor in their decision to enroll, the teachers have also seen improvements inside the classroom, with 83% of them claiming they have seen improvements in student behaviour and concentration. With your help they can continue their excellent work, and reach even more schools in countries like Uganda.

During the trip, we will also be trekking across all terrains, through rainforests and climbing mountains for five days to discover the natural habitat of the wild Silverback Gorillas, and spending time there contributing to conserving the habitat of this endangered species.

I'm aiming to raise £2,000 which will be going to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and East African Playgrounds to help their projects reach even more schools in countries like Uganda so they can continue their amazing work.

Some examples of what can be funded with a donation:
£10 builds a toy giraffe for the children to play on
£15 builds a motorbike made of tyres for the playground
£25 could provide a small herd of toy animals for the children to play on
£100 Funds a one month educational play programme

Thank you for reading this and hopefully it's helped inform you about the great work EAP is doing. Any donations or even sharing of this page would be hugely appreciated. I can't wait to get started on this incredible opportunity for such an amazing cause. Thanks again.

Link to their website: https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org

Nathan Joyce