Philip Russell I’ve signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child’s development and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. It also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought.
East African playgrounds builds playgrounds across Uganda- including refugee camps- helping to empower some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
‘What a difference your donation makes’:
£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
£21.83 educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning.
£72.80 equips a former street child with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.
£131 teaches a community of care givers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as maintain their playground.
£197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.
This summer I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build a playground in Uganda. Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can- any donation will make a difference.
This summer I will spend three weeks in Uganda- taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountain, lakes, jungles) before volunteering on a playground build myself. Of the 2,000 I raise, £300 will go to Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorilla I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to a non-project trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African playgrounds to fund their incredible work.
*Please note, if you are a relative of mine you cannot gift aid your donation according to charity law
Please donate what you can to give the children in Uganda their childhoods.

I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money I raise above the £2,000 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me (upon request), up to the cost of my flight.
Philip Russell