Shreya Patel Hi! I’m Shreya, a first year PPE student at the University of Warwick. I’ve signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds, to raise £2,000, in order to help bring the gift of play to the children of Uganda.

This summer I will spend three weeks in Uganda, living and working within a local community to build a playground for a school.

A playground is a classroom in disguise; children don't know they are learning, they don't feel like they are learning, but really they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends. Play has an incredible benefit on a child’s development - it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. 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.

Play is something that we simply take for granted from our childhoods. However, many Ugandan children do not get this opportunity due to both a lack of funding and understanding of its importance. I believe that every child should have the right to this fundamental part of their childhood.

A brief overview of the difference your donations can make:
- £5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child focused 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 in.
- £73.80 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 how to maintain their playground.
- £197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become qualified builder or welder through EAP's apprenticeship scheme.

While in Uganda, I will also be embarking on a trek to find the last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorillas. Part of the money raised will be used to help contribute to the conservation of this critically endangered species.

EAP has already built 200+ playgrounds in communities across Uganda. With your help, we can build even more. No donation is too small, and will make a massive difference to children’s lives in Uganda!

Thank you!

Shreya :) Shreya Patel