Sarah Michaels "It's playtime children!"
As the school bell rings, children running outside, the playground fills with a wave of excitement.
This is what most of our childhood school days consisted of. This is what the children of Uganda deserve. This is what you can give them.

Hi! My name is Sarah Michaels, I currently study at the University of Warwick, and I am volunteering and raising money to build a playground for children in Uganda next summer.
A playground where they are free to love, learn and live. This is why I am dedicating my time to fundraising for East African Playgrounds (EAP). I would love to be part of the reason for the smiles on the faces of many generations of children to come. It is important to give to others, and I am excited to be giving my time and passion into building this playground to transform the lives of children through EAP play programs.

Already, East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres and refugee settlements. These playgrounds are not only a vital space to have fun, make friends and play together; they have actually improved school attendance and enrolment. By creating safe playing spaces, antisocial behaviour amongst children has reduced and there has been an increase in the perceived importance of children having a wholesome childhood.

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." – this is one of many examples.

Alongside building playgrounds East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, resulting 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; equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experiences to build a prosperous future for themselves.

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 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.

My aim is to raise £2500: this will cover donations to the work of East African Playgrounds and my time in Uganda in July 2020.

Being a Nigerian who was born in London, I sometimes feel detached from my own and I believe this to be the perfect opportunity to go back to my motherland to reconnect, and touch the lives of my people on the other side of Africa.
It is important to look beyond our own and reach out to the needs of others in order to improve the conditions of this world. We must look outside of ourselves and reach a helping hand out to those who need to be lifted up.
And remember, a little goes a long way.

Thank you for your time and I am very appreciative of any donations made towards this cause :)

P.S. If you would like to find out more about my Gorilla Trek (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this webpage: https://www.

Sarah Michaels