Sarah Lina Mortada My name is Sarah Lina Mortada a final year student at Coventry University. I’m a passionate volunteer and believer in Human Rights. What I love is culture, nature, and the experience of meeting new people and learn more about their lives. I became an active volunteer to support others and I truly do this by heart. My aim is to know more about the world while doing something great to those who are in need of help. Thus, I’ve signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child’s development and I believe all of us should have the opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all over Uganda - including in refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Perhaps it sounds a lot of money, but every penny donated will go to a non-profit focussed on developing East Africa. Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation effort of the gorillas I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to the non-profit trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through, and the remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

With your donation, I could spend three weeks in Uganda and make my best out of that time.

Ideas what you can fund with a donation are:

£10 - build a toy giraffe for the children of a community to play with

£15 - build a motorbike out of tires, allowing kids to engage their creativity in role-play scenarios

£20 - funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they start their meaningful employment with East African Playgrounds

£50 - builds a table with space for board games such as checkers or snakes and ladders!

Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can and help give children their childhoods - any donation will mean a lot.

Thank you! Sarah Lina Mortada