Leeds RAG works in conjunction with the East African Playgrounds charity to bring you this project. Here are some words from the charity about what you can expect from it:
East African Playgrounds (EAP) is a UK based charity, founded and run by ex-Leeds students. The charity that has been running since 2009, is a small charity which means we are able to provide a personal feel to volunteering. We work with local communities in East Africa to create playgrounds for the local children to explore, socialise, relax and play.
It began as a one off project, but due to its demand both in East Africa and for the UK volunteers, it has expanded to become a charity. 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.
Our work benefits whole communities and enables the children to learn new social skills, to think for themselves, use their imagination, as well as develop their problem solving skills. The playgrounds EAP build aims to be both inclusive and educational. The money you raise will help us build more playground facilities, ensure more children have access and a place to call their own.
EAP works mainly in Uganda and we have some fantastic projects coming up next summer waiting just for you. As a volunteer you can come and join us for four weeks in Jinja, the ‘Adventure Capital of East Africa’. You will be spending your weekdays working hard building and submerged in local life. Then at the weekends get ready to be in awe when on safari, stunned by the beaches and feel like an explorer abseiling down a waterfall in Sipi Falls. Jinja is also a fantastic base for travelling around Uganda and East Africa after the project has finished.
“Embarking on a project with East African Playgrounds was like nothing I’d ever done before. The children have to grow up so fast due to the immense pressures they face but the playground we built gave them the opportunity to be children and have fun like all children should.
The experience of living as locals brought us closer to the community and formed bonds and friends for life.” Tash Brooks – EAP 2010.