East African Playgrounds

Play for half a million - 2018 appeal

Help us give HALF A MILLION children in East Africa access to a safe and fun place to play, by the end of 2019. With your help, we will build on what we've already achieved, expanding our playground and education programme in refugee settlements and deprived communities across Uganda.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1172875)

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Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£20,002

Donations

80

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • I travelled to this settlement with my two younger brothers. It took us five days. We are pleased to see a place where we can play and meet different children.'

    — Young South Sudanese refugee, Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda

  • My children just love the playground, they here they can make friends, learn from each other and feel at peace.

    — A teacher in the refugee settlements

  • The playground is wonderful for the children but it also helps us social workers. Many of the children come to the settlements alone or are particularly vulnerable. A space which draws children allows us social workers to keep an eye out and identify any of the children who need extra support.

    — Social worker in the refugee settlements

  • I travelled to this settlement with my two younger brothers. It took us five days. We are pleased to see a place where we can play and meet different children.'

    — Young South Sudanese refugee, Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda

  • My children just love the playground, they here they can make friends, learn from each other and feel at peace.

    — A teacher in the refugee settlements

  • The playground is wonderful for the children but it also helps us social workers. Many of the children come to the settlements alone or are particularly vulnerable. A space which draws children allows us social workers to keep an eye out and identify any of the children who need extra support.

    — Social worker in the refugee settlements

Situation

Play is vital for children’s learning, wellbeing and healthy brain development – the UN even includes the right to play in its Convention on the Rights of the Child. But, in communities across East Africa, play isn't seen as a priority by adults, and children spend their time helping with chores or looking for work instead. In school, ineffective 'rote' teaching methods are used, and children don't get the chance to learn through play. Existing play facilities are poor quality and unsafe.

Solution

Across Uganda, we are creating conditions where play can flourish: • providing children in communities with fun, high quality, sustainable and child-centred playgrounds • training teachers in the importance of play as part of the school curriculum • training communities in the importance of play for children’s development, learning and wellbeing Children will get the chance to have fun, relax and enjoy their childhoods, as well as improving their wellbeing, social and physical skills.