Anna Haas Play always has been and will be a very important part of my life! Every opportunity I had to explore and discover my surroundings, from playing spies in my garden to racing to the top of a climbing frame, made me who I am today. Play is a child's right and develops creativity, imagination and over valuable life skills. This is why I'd love to help to give young children in Uganda a space where they will be able to grow and create through play!

I need your help and to make my dream of building playgrounds in Uganda a reality!
I have signed up to East African Playgrounds volunteer project to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda this summer. East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres are refugee settlements. These playgrounds are not only a vital space to have fun, make friends and play together but also they have proven to increase school attendance and enrolment, reduced antisocial behaviour and increase the perceived importance of children having their childhoods.

From gaining a new playground a teacher from Kawule Primary School explains how she is now 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 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."

Alongside building playgrounds East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, resulted in deeper more connected learning outcomes. And as part of the construction of the playgrounds EAP provides a welding apprenticeship programmes for street connected young people, providing them with the skills, knowledges and experiences to create a prosperous future for themselves.

I would like nothing more than spend my summer taking part in this life changing experience for me, the children, the teachers and everyone else involved.

Here's what difference your donation makes:
£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
£21.83 can educate a teacher 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.
Any donation would be very much appreciated!

If you would like to find out more about my volunteering project (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/volunteer-project Anna Haas