Chloe Ansher I will be heading off to Uganda this summer to build a playground for a rural school linked to the local community, the local children who attend the local school will be able to explore and experience some amazing benefits from this playground being completed and new life skills which they will take on, in learning and playing together, but I would need your help to make this all possible. Help me give the local community children the gift of their dreams a childhood playground.

For me when growing up a playground or what I call a park was the entertainment childhood, a wide spacious area which involved racing one another to the top of the climbing frame, who is tall enough to reach the monkey bars and will complete them without falling off. Are you able to slide down the slide the quickest? Thinking if you swing high enough of the swing you will go upside and having a laugh on the seesaw when someone gets stuck in the air while the other is touching the ground.

I believe all children should be able to explore the best possible childhood they can get, this is why I would like to ask for your help to make my dream of giving the children in uganda a playground which they will never not want to use, a life changing permanent impact, bringing out their imaginative and creative side and gaining valuable life skills to achieve more in day to day life.

This is why I'd love to help give young children in Uganda a space where they will be able to grow and create through play!

Join me in helping build a playground in Uganda, I have signed up to spend four weeks with East African Playgrounds volunteer project to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda over summer 2020, deciding that I would live and volunteer within the local community and give the children at local schools the childhood they deserve and would be extremely lucky to have to impact and inspire kids at school to; learn, explore and develop themselves through new possibilities and changes. As a volunteer it is all about giving people the chance to have a lifetime experience while making the biggest impact possible.

While in Uganda:
- I will be supporting the community throughout my stay, which I will be living alongside
- Manage to transfer an empty playing field into a playground in few weeks which is giving the children their childhood back
- Working alongside professional playground building team, educational team, and the community
- I will also be submerged into the Ugandan life from day one of my trip by living at the school which I will be impacting

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.

Living and giving more to the local community

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.

What a 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.

I want nothing more than to spend my summer in Uganda to be fulfilled with impacts on the children and making their dream become a reality and for me to see it day by day become complete, while learning more about rural life and see what it is like for the children to get their childhood they have been waiting for.

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 Chloe Ansher