Noah Longley I've signed up to take on the Gorilla Trek in Uganda with the east African Playgrounds charity to raise £2000 to build a playground for children who have so little. When I was in primary the best part of my day was running out into the playground with my friends but before hearing about East African Playgrounds I didn't realise how much I've benefited from it. Multiple long-term studies have shown how important play is for the development of children and their long-term outcomes, especially those living in poverty. Play has been shown to be beneficial for everything from social skills, cognitive abilities and problem solving, to fine motor skills, concentration, communication, imagination, and self-control. It’s been shown that adding play to a child’s life can lead to significantly raised IQs, greater achievement at school and even higher rates of employment and wages in adulthood. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all over Uganda - including refugee camps - to help children have their childhood!

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are:

£10 builds a toy giraffe for the children of the community to play with

£15 builds a motorbike out of tires, allowing kids to engage their creativity in roleplay scenarios

£20 funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they start their meaningful employment with EAP

£50 builds a table with space for board games such as checkers or snakes and ladders!

To raise money I will be spending 3 weeks in Uganda trekking through mountains and jungles and lakes. This will happen before I volunteer on a playground build myself. Every penny donated will go to a non-profit company focused on developing east Africa.

Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help with the conservation of gorillas I'll be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel whilst in Uganda (I will be paying for my own flights). Most of this £600 will go to the non-profit trek company, the home of Edirisa, who support the communities we trek through, and the remaining £1100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fun their incredible work.

I'm grateful for all donations, large and small! Noah Longley