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Play for Half a Million!

On the 21st April 2019 East African Playgrounds will be ten years old, oh how we have grown!
To match this milestone age we want to have a milestone goal. So, by the end of 2019, East African Playgrounds' 10th year, we aim to:

Give HALF A MILLION children access to a safe and fun place to play.

September 2017 - December 2019

Charity information: East African Playgrounds

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  • Need


    Play is one of a child’s most basic needs, essential for health, wellbeing, and developmental skills (UN, 2013). However, across the developing world, including in Uganda, children’s opportunity to play is being significantly reduced due to child labour, domestic chores or educational demands (UN, 2013). In school, teachers focus on teaching 'by rote' (through repetition of facts and figures) and children are limited in imagination and creativity.


    In each community where we work, we use the same model, to create conditions where play can flourish:
    • training teachers in the importance of play-based teaching for children’s learning
    • training communities and parents in the importance of play for children’s development
    • providing children in communities with high quality, sustainable and child-centred playgrounds
    Through increased access to play, children will improve social and physical skills, wellbeing, and educational outcomes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give half a million children the chance to play by 2020!


    » To reach our goal, we have a lot of work to do! We will expand our work across Uganda, working in more communities, schools and refugee settlements.

    We estimate that 1,500 children benefit in each community where we deliver our programme, allowing us to easily assess whether we have met our goal by 2020.

  • Impact


    In each community where our programme is delivered, with increased access to play, children show improvements in social and physical skills and enhanced wellbeing. Schools report an increase in attendance and enrolment where playgrounds are situated. We use our in depth baseline and post-project monitoring and evaluation process to assess to impact we've had.


    East African Playgrounds holds a regularly updated detailed risk register of potential risks to our work and mitigation strategies.

    For this project, a potential risk is that we are unable to reach our target of half a million children by 2020. We will ensure interim targets are set over the two year period, and progress against targets is logged after work in each community. If we find we are behind schedule, we will aim to increase our output (subject to funds being available).


    For donors who have consented to further contact, we will keep them up to date with the progress of the project through email newsletters, our website and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Refugee camp play programmes Delivery of our play programme in Uganda's refugee camps, for refugee children from South Sudan
      £100,000 Community play programmes Delivery of our programme in Ugandan communities
  • Background


    Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world - almost half of the population is under 15, meaning huge demands are placed on schools, with crowded classes and poor facilities. 8 million children live in poverty, so must spend their time helping with chores or looking for work.
    Uganda also hosts over 1 million refugees who have fled the violence in South Sudan, mainly in settlements in the north. Many of the refugees are children, often traumatised by their experiences.


    Three groups will benefit specifically from this project. We will deliver our programme for children in Ugandan communities with high poverty levels, to give children the chance to enjoy their childhood. For
    refugee children living in camps close to the border with South Sudan, our programme will mean children are able use play to help to deal with the trauma they've faced.
    The project will also benefit young disadvantaged adults who will benefit from employment and training through our work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    East African Playgrounds has been working in Uganda since 2009, and our programme has been developed in consultation with communities. Our playgrounds follow international safety standards and are sustainable, using recycled and local materials. Our play training runs alongside our playgrounds and ensures holistic impact. We have a transparent and effective monitoring and evaluation process involving baseline and post-project monitoring so we can clearly assess the difference we are making.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Spencer

    David is our Ugandan Director and is responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of our programmes.

Watch our #playforhalfamillionvideo


could pay for a slide as part of a playground!

‘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