Uganda, East Africa
East African Playgrounds
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East African Playgrounds is a UK registered charity that aims to support children across East Africa by developing learning opportunities and environments. Founded by two of our ex-Leeds students in 2009, East African Playgrounds works alongside local communities to build stimulating, exciting and inclusive playgrounds and run arts and games programmes. They also seek to develop long term employment and training opportunities for young people across East Africa helping children to learn new social skills, to think for themselves and to use their imagination and problem solving skills.
As a volunteer, the money you raise will help build more playground facilities and the work you do in Uganda will be supporting the charity’s belief that “building playgrounds will not change the world, but it will complement the work of existing charities and give children something that many others take for granted.” Visit the charity’s website to find out more: http://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/ You will spend weekdays working hard building and submerged in local life and whilst weekends will be spent on safari and along beautiful coastlines or abseiling down a waterfall in Sipi Falls.
In the summer 2013, the Project took its full capacity to Uganda over the two months and raised £9,414.31 for East African Playgrounds.
“I went to Uganda with East African Playgrounds in June 2012 and it was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done. Our group were close from the start so it was like having a (slightly dysfunctional) family for a month! Working with the Ugandan building team was rewarding as we were learning from the best. The school was so grateful for our efforts and showed it through song and dance whenever they could, which we happily joined in with! An amazing charity and a beautiful country – I would go back in a second!” Rosie Coxhead, 2012 Participant
You must be a RAG member to sign up to this event. Please go to http://www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk/groups/rag/ to get your membership and register for the East African Playground Project. Remember that there are limited places available for this once in a lifetime challenge!