Kris Page Next summer I will be travelling to Uganda for 3 weeks to take part in a volunteering project, helping to build a playground for children who do not have access to a safe environment in which to play. This will involve working hard from early morning to the late evening, based around non-skilled labour, such as digging, welding and painting. The playgrounds will be built from local resources helping to support the surrounding area in a sustainable way.

Being a child in Uganda is tough. After decades of political unrest and conflict, 8 million children live in poverty. Time out of school is spent working or helping at home. Half the population is under 15 so at school, classes are huge and resources are stretched due lack of funding. This, combined with a system of learning through reciting facts, means that children don’t get the chance to be creative, use their imaginations and be children.

Since 2009, the charity East African Playgrounds has been installing playgrounds in schools, to give Uganda’s children the chance to play. They train teachers in play theory, and how to incorporate the playground into lessons, as well as how to care for it. They use high quality local materials so their playgrounds are sustainable and locally sourced. Play provides countless proven benefits including social skills, cognitive abilities, problem solving and fine motor skills. 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.

I have never done anything like this before and so I'm very excited about this experience.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will go to an excellent cause. Kris Page