Ross Gibson

On the 30th of August I will be travelling to Uganda for around 3 weeks volunteering to build playgrounds for primary schools. This will require a lot of unskilled work such as digging, painting and communicating with both the experienced builders and school children to get the job done. By the end project there will be a brand new playground which the children will have access too which I believe will be very important in the children's development.

Since 2009, East African Playgrounds have been helping to install playground's at local schools, this is quite important because in Uganda over half of the population are under the age of 15 and this means that classrooms tend to be full, resources are stretched which results in Children not having a chance to play. This project has helped to install around 200 playgrounds across Uganda. Along with this the charity also provides vocational training for citizens so they have transferable skills to take with them in the work place helping to educate people so they can hopefully decrease the unemployment rate which for people aged 18-30 is around 83%.

I believe a child's access to play is an important part of their life. Multiple studies have shown to support this as play has been shown 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.

Any donations towards my goal, whether big or small, would be greatly appreciated.

Ross Gibson