Amy Hewitt Can you imagine a childhood without somewhere too feel safe, have fun, and play?

Play is incredibly important; it is crucial in helping a child learn about the world around them, express their emotions, develop character whilst building resilience and empathy; the list of positives is endless.

This summer I will be giving the gift of play to children in Uganda. I have signed up to East African Playgrounds volunteer project to help raise funds to build a playground and run educational and creative play programmes. 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.

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.

In many communities across East Africa, children spend time out of school looking for work or helping with chores at home, rather than playing. Play is often viewed by adults as a waste of time, with little understanding of its importance for children. There are very few play facilities available for children, and those that do exist are often unsafe or poor quality.

Please help me fund this amazing project and wonderful charity. I feel so lucky to have this experience and I can’t wait to get to Uganda.

What a difference your donation makes
£5 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.
£22 can educate a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
£74 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.
£198 can train a street connected young person for a month to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

To fundraise I will be doing many activities throughout the year including cycling from London to Brighton on my pretty little town bike………… ahhh I am not sure how long this will take me but I’m willing to try…. it's all for a fabulous cause!!

If you would like to find out more about my volunteering project (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this webpage Amy Hewitt